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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. CreditingKarma

    It would be nice to have the option of using the sp1000 as a roon endpoint for an additional system in the house. I really only use the sp1000 with my iems 99%of the time. So it might see more use as an end point. It would also be nice to have access to all of the playlist that have already been created in roon and the integration of the streaming apps with roon is top notch.i am sure that there a some folks here that have the sp1000 and use it as a dac with their two channel setups so it would be nice in that implementation as well. Then they can sit in their listening chair and have control through roon. Unless AK plans to fix the connect app I find it to be not very user friendly after using roon or audirvana.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
  2. Progisus
    Roon.... promises, promises. Instead of this useful, lossless home library streaming they concentrate on lossless badly implemented Android apk's. Just saying. Roon would surely raise them to another level.
  3. madFloyd
    To be fair, A&K have the work to support Roon, they are waiting for the Roon people to approve their work.
  4. Progisus
    To be fair... AK has used that excuse at least 3 times over the past year. How do you know they are waiting on Roon again?
  5. Samuel777
    How many users really need Roon ?
    IMO there are some others better functions wich if implemented would facilitate the use of AK Daps, I mean the playlists and volume managements, a mac OS software.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
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  6. madFloyd
    I don't know about 'again' since (to my knowledge) they haven't had Roon certification yet.

    They told us so. Why would they lie?
  7. Sound Eq
    can i ask for more feedback about sound signature comparison between AK Se100 and Ak Sp1000M blue ( lows, mids, highs ) also which has a wider soundstage ?
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
  8. youme
    It doesn't matter. It has been announced almost a year ago by A&K.

    I do not need the Roon app on my SP1K, the display is too small to enjoy it. In fact I am having the same issue with Tidal and Qobuz. BUT, if SP1K finally becomes an roon endpoint, then ... I will take an iPad or so and enjoy listening to music just like in the old days of LPs and CDs, with full control about SP1K's playback function, without ever touching it :D
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  9. nivram51
    They have options silver, silver+copper, copper and the quality is rather good. I purchased the 4pin xlr because I use it with an Heimdall 2 cable, but they also have other connectors. Being the cable very short, it does not affect the quality of the main cable.
  10. Progisus
    Just like a Chord Poly/Mojo combination. Roon Certified. I was under the impression that AK would supply this functionality as a minimum. Using it's display as a controller would be awesome but an end point with local volume control would be fine.
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  11. Sound Eq
    can anyone chime in, as I am really needing feedback with above, as the minimum bass quantity is the one I can accept with Ak se100, if the Ak sp1000m has less bass quantity than ak se100 then it will be a no no for me as I am using khan and khan needs some good low end dap. Also i hope ak sp1000m is not brighter or thinner sounding than ak se100 as the khan is a very transparent iem
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019
  12. mrhizzo
  13. JasonNYC
    I will pass this on. I tested the app this morning with KANN CUBE. No issues.
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  14. yaslam
    I checked USB output with downloaded tracks, but the same problem occurs. It is down-converted to 16bit.
  15. mrhizzo
    Nice. When it will work? In the next update?
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