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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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    I extrac my paid uapp from smartphone.
    Installing ok but license if a problem.
    Like you recover the license on new decive(smartphone), but on AK dap now no way bcs of no GG service.
    Installing gg service is now not yet success
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    20190714_235034.jpg now on my dap
    Today HF player pro paid app show error.
    It turn back to free app.
    Btw paid feature wont work on sp1k alone w/o ext dac.
    So ok no prob.

    Most wanted is UAPP bcs it has tidal embeded 20190714_235723.jpg 20190714_235548.jpg 20190714_235524.jpg
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    My neutron on sp1k remain 130h of use.
    It wrote : remainingn130h. If you have paid pls contact devs.
    I think all paid app will has the same probs.
    Will try some method to paid on my dap then inform later.
  5. Fafner

    Thx! I succeeded in installing and running NeutronMP!
  6. Fafner
    Where's that screen? Can't find it.
    Most probably the app does a periodical purchase check to avoid piracy...?

    Touch the gear icon then pull down to last menu. It is there.
    Note : content of the page will vary so you have to do it serveral times untill you see it.
    Reason is bcs neutron app itself verify license via network.
    But on SPK we dont have ggplay therein to be faster analysing license.

    Sadly, I paid again directly and get apk that fixed to my email google acount.
    Then flash this apk on the dap.
    Fail. Still a counter clock for demo.
    Reason is lacking of ggplay, app devs can not verify license
  8. Fafner

    Can't see the countdown so far, but I guess it's just going to appear at some time.
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  9. FidelityCastro
    Bad news again with SP1000:

    Bluetooth hasn’t worked since day one, which I lived with as it has only been missed a couple of times.
    Then in the last week, WiFi connectivity stopped working as well. The DAP says it’s connected to my WiFi (only the 2.4ghz one of course), but the WiFi symbol remains devoid of WiFi bars and nothing connects (I use Tidal and Spotify APK downloads). All my other devices are fine with my WiFi.
    I’ve done a factory reset (AGAIN) and reinstalled the APK add-ons (AGAIN) but no joy. The unit will be going back to the store.

    It’s a shame as the SQ is fantastic, and I don’t take back a thing I’ve said about the musical enjoyment.
    But connectivity is appalling. My FiiO was flawless in this respect, even though the SPK outperforms it musically (as it should for the 5x cost, but it does indeed).
    I also don’t understand why AKs won’t work with 5ghz WiFi - it’s a lot quicker and I never had any issues with Onkyo or FiiO. Again, you “put up” with this for the SQ.

    I’m tempted to give up AK as a bad job and move on. In terms of my own hobby experiences, if a boutique guitar or amp manufacturer produced something this unreliable, they’d be out of business in six months.

    I’m not into bashing @JasonNYC - he has been nothing but helpful to everyone in all the posts I’ve read in the last few years (whoever gave him **** for not replying within two hours on the 4th July this year needs to take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror). I held off after an old AK120 for Tidal offline, and that’s what finally made me jump back in. But sometimes you have to vote with your wallet and be honest in whether or not to recommend the product to friends. This has not been a particularly good experience really.
  10. JasonNYC
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  11. Fafner
    Received my AMP today. Haven't done any proper A/B comparison, I just had a check with some audio tracks. The amp is whisper silent, no background noise at all, you just don't feel you added something in there. My impression is that it drives my LCDi4 with quite a bit more authority compared to the "naked" SP1000, the music seems to flow more naturally and effortlessy, with a deeper soundstage, bass seems quite a bit more in control (not that it lacked before, but I felt it was a bit lacking in focus). Just impressive with these earphones.
    Curiously enough, with the AMP set on high gain I don't really have to set volume much lower than when I was using the SP1000 with no amp. Again, no proper comparison, but I seem to reach about 110 where I was getting to around 125 before.
    Integration is wery well solved, it's just a bit annoying that one has to enable the amp at each boot, even if I understand that it was done for security purposes.
    So far very happy with the purchase.
    On a sidenote, the SP1000+AMP with its case fits just fine in A&K's own 3 split case, just a tad snugly. Had it been a couple of mm higher, it would have become difficult to put it in.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2019
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  12. Luisonic
    Hi JasonNYC,

    I have a couple of questions, based on my terrible day yesterday...
    I was putting my spkm in my pocket, and instead it fell to the ground.
    It hasn't reacted since. I've treated it perfectly since I got it, so this is the only bang.

    1- Where can I send it to get it back to life? Please consider I'm in Italy.

    2- Isn't the spkm supposed to be mobile? I ask because one would expect a minimum of shock resistance. My Phone X has flown across rooms and it's still going, haven't even been able to crack the glass, and this one fell to the ground and died. Just saying that either I was really unlucky, or maybe a bit sturdier build could be a mobile feature.

    Thanks in advance for your answers!
  13. 329161
    How does the sound quality compare with other dac/amps eg Mojo? On paper, at least, the sp amp has more power.
  14. Fafner
    Can't really tell, sorry. Never used my LCDi4 with other stuff. My home setup is SR009-based, thus I've never felt the need of using the LCDi4 on it.
    I always excluded solutions such as the Mojo/Hugo for going portable, I'm sure they sound great but I don't really want to mess around with more devices and the needed interconnects. It took A&K a while, I had lost my hopes, but I'm glad they finally got a dedicated amp out.
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  15. Samuel777
    I received my amp for sp1000ss too : great !
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