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New TOL A&K DAP : the AK Ultima SP1000

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Toolman, May 15, 2017.
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  1. JasonNYC
    I'll pass this onto our dev team. For now, it only works while ripping a CD.
     
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  2. rbalcom
    I have that case and use a 1 inch (2.54 cm) piece of foam below my SP1000 in its leather case.
     
  3. Fafner
    Thx, that does answer my question!
     
  4. DeepSouth
    @JasonNYC
    I have a feature request.
    You know how when I adjust the volume, the screen becomes a drag up or down to adjust volume too? I wish I can disable the screen volume adjustment. This almost damaged my ears twice in 6 months.
    I adjusted the volume, and continue scrolling in album view. Bam! Instant 138 volume with CIEMs.
     
  5. penguin69
    OK, good to know! Thanks for getting back to me, Jason.
     
  6. S Crowther
    Amps cannot change sq? Really?
     
  7. CrossDown
    To my ears, The Amp don’t change the signature of Sp1k but make it go deeper, wider, more controls on the bass and darker background.
     
  8. oncdoc
    Have a question. I've read that tidal songs can be downloaded. How about Qobuz? For offline listening.
     
  9. Samuel777
    An option could be added to disable the screen of volume if we want. ! but please @JasonNYC not to disable the function totally
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2019
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  10. penguin69
    Tidal can only offer offline downloads when you load the APK version (which is a bit awkward as it means having two installations of Tidal on the DAP).

    I've not checked with Qobuz but there is an APK version and I would hope that it would also give you offline downloads. It's a big miss if it doesn't.
     
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  11. TYATYA
    Thank you @JasonNYC .
    One more thing : is amp module fed by dac output of sp1000 and bypass the embeded amp (of sp1k)?
    I don't like double amp audio path
     
  12. TYATYA
    Ừ, tôi cũng hy vọng điều đó, có lý.

    It is wonderfull if the amp module can get or approaching those of a top table amp.
     
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  13. twister6 Contributor
    Could be a matter if we are talking about sq (sound quality) vs ss (sound signature) :wink: Typically, amp amplifies the signal and depending on the design, can also color the sound. High output power, different output impedance, different coloring of the sound - all can affect the pair up synergy with your headphones and how their transducers will react to those changes. In theory, if A&K designed this amp to be as transparent as possible, and you are using it with some multi-BA efficient IEMs - you will not hear any difference, assuming proper volume matching when comparing with and without an amp. But then, you can have some high impedance demanding set of cans which gonna come alive with more power, benefitting greatly from spk amp addition. For sure, SPK amp doesn't host korg NuTube, so we can rule out that side of coloring :D Let's hope to hear more impressions from people comparing with and w/o this amp using different types of earphones and headphones.
     
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  14. JasonNYC
    Yes, offline mode is supported for the Qobuz app installed via OpenAPK. You can choose in the Qobuz app settings to save to internal memory or microSD card.
     
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  15. JasonNYC
    I'm almost certain it bypasses the embedded app, so it does not double amp, but let me confirm with the hardware team when they are back in the office tomorrow.
     
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