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I sold my Ak240 and I am unsure where to go next. I'm thinking of just using my phone as a source and buying a Mojo. Ultimately using this combo as my permanent solution. 

 

What source are you guys using? I'm also considering buying the Astell and Kern Se100 to replace the Ak240.

 

I'm of the mindset of using a DAP as this would be a standalone solution. 

 

I have two IEMs; Shure se846 and Andromeda Campfire and the Focal Clear. 

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Had a Mojo, sounded great.

 

not so great - carrying a dac/amp and it’s associated cables.

 

if portability is important, stick to a dap

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Phone....iPhone7

 

Im done on the mega dollar requirement.

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I owned iBasso DX200, some AK players like AK70, AK300, quite a few DAPs over the years, iBasso DX90 is my pick, its the reason I sold my iBasso DX200.

I own two them and because the replaceable battery I've managed to keep them going way beyond a DAPs standard  lifespan.

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I tried a few things but went simple as well.  Carrying an extra device around was not an option for me.  So I tried an Ultrasone NAOS DAC - which helped.  Then I tried a variety of music player apps and fiddled with all the settings (currently running Neutron) on my phone - they also helped.  Then I got myself some Westones and the world changed.  I forgot about the NAOS DAC, and right now, will listen to any app on my phone...spotify, regular google play or whatever, on their default settings.  It doesn't matter, I just LOVE the Westones.  Of course it's all personal but my lesson learned is that sometimes you just find the one component that makes all the difference - and in your case I suspect the thing to do is to have your ears tell you if you are going to get that step change moving from one DAP to another DAP (but maybe it's a different component you have to try)?

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On 17/06/2019 at 8:16 AM, digitalhome said:

IBasso DX220 here.

I have a DX220 and AMP9 (want that tube sound with the Amp9) on order and will be using SE846.  Hopefully, my SE846 will pair well with it.

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PC to Topping DX7s to headphone amp.

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I have gone back to a Sony WM-1A with my Campfire Polaris 2 simply due to the awesome battery life.

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I'm using the shanling up2. Solid unit and I think it drives plenty of power. Added bonus is it has a decent mic for taking calls. 

 

Using it with andromedas and only get a buzz when on calls. Otherwise sounds clean.

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Gym using Cowon Plenue D with Westone W30 IEMs

 

Portable is my Sony NW-A45 with Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro or the Westones.

 

At work, it's the Beyerdynamic's hooked into a NAOS DAC AMP hooked into laptop.

 

On occasion I'll use my iPhone 8+.. But I'm wary of the battery drain.

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I'm currently using the Astell & Kern Kann Cube, and this thing sounds so good, I'm considering selling my big full sized amp/dac and just using this.
I even had Geoff from Aurealis Audio make me the 5Pin to dual 3 pin XLR cables and plugging this boy into my power amp has truly improved my system.

I demo'ed and owned many DAPs and the Fiio, Cowan Plenue and lower end A&K are not even comparable.

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On 17/11/2019 at 6:16 PM, Jovan.s1987 said:

Gym using Cowon Plenue D with Westone W30 IEMs

 

Portable is my Sony NW-A45 with Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro or the Westones.

 

At work, it's the Beyerdynamic's hooked into a NAOS DAC AMP hooked into laptop.

 

On occasion I'll use my iPhone 8+.. But I'm wary of the battery drain.

Update to this post - I bought an LGV30 during the Black Friday sales. That's now my portable source gear.

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Right now I'm using an iBasso DX150. I'm not using anything extra with it with a pair of it01 iems. I have them running on a balanced fiio 2.5mm cable. It works pretty well, but I'm actually selling it right now due to wanting something more portable and pocketable.

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Ultra portable = FiiO M6 + Sabbat E12 Ultra

Home = FiiO X5iii + FiiO A5 + IEMS (too many to mention)

Serious = Phone + MoJo + LCD2's

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Thanks for the replies, I finally settled on Astell & Kern's SP1000M. I managed to snag a great deal. It's the 4th Astell & Kern DAP I've owned, I've previously had the AK100mk2, Ak120 and ak240. I guess I like their sound signature and interface. 

 

I did audition Fiio M11 and Sony WMZ1. 

 

It's the perfect size and with a 400GB micro sd card, I have most of my preferred albums loaded. 

 

It plays Tidal and I can save albums for off line play. 

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I use Sony WM1A with cans Sony MDR Z2, using 4.4 balance

 

Previously owned multiple IEM, including 64audio Tia forte. Excellent ones, but too pricey, so sold them 

Satisfied with my Z2 at the moment

cheers

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Fiio M11 Pro. Fantastic DAP, love the sound, the detail, the soundstage and the user interface. It beats my MojoPoly combo when it comes to detail and sound stage. Drives anything I've got with ease. Pairs great with Sony IER-Z1R and MDR-Z1R. I refuse to buy A&K players until they get 4.4mm balanced ports.

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