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    Join Date: Apr 2013

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    I'm Bob.

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    I'm looking for a new DAP to replace my AK 70. Contenders are:-

    • Astell & Kern A&Ultima SP1000M

    • Astell & Kern A&futura SE100

    • SONY WM1A


    The SP1000M seems to do most of what the flagship SP1000 does for a whole lot less in terms of cash and the 1000 is due to be replaced soon anyway. The SE100 at 500 less has the benefit of a 5" screen but does it compete sound wise with the 1000M?

    And finally the Sony looks attractive because of a better user interface (the AK 70 is pretty dire) but has it been left behind the AK offerings soundwise? I don't need the player to be particularly small or lightweight (no commuting involved) and I don't need internet connectivity for streaming services. I just want the best music player I can find.

    Anyone own or have a view on those listed?
    Source: Orbe SE / SME IV / SAE 1000LT (again) / AT33 PTG II
    Source: AKAI GX-635D - Seriously Serviced by VintageTech
    Source: WD NAS / Cyrus Stream X2 / Chord DAVE
    Source: Oppo UDP-205 (CD/DVD-A/SACD)

    Amplification: Icon Audio PS 3 Sig Phono + Audio Research LS27 + Musical Fidelity A5cr Power Amp
    Loudspeakers: ProAc Response D28
    Cables/stands: Mark Grant G1500HD + Linn K20 + Cat 5e
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    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    Was studying Dap's a while ago when considering one. Found them to be overpriced for what they do considering a decent mobile phone and a sd card plus qoboz or tidal and your getting there for a fraction of cost.
    That was my take
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    Motorola X Play smartphone, cheap and better than the Fiio X3 and iPad Pro I have.

    It's designed to be better for gaming and music and can be picked up very cheaply second hand, I have a 128gb card installed and battery life trounces most daps, can listen most of the day and hardly uses any battery, most daps you're lucky to get a day out of them.

    Plus it gives you access to all the streaming services available on Android

    Oh, and you can use it as a phone as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyb View Post
    Motorola X Play smartphone, cheap and better than the Fiio X3 and iPad Pro I have.

    It's designed to be better for gaming and music and can be picked up very cheaply second hand, I have a 128gb card installed and battery life trounces most daps, can listen most of the day and hardly uses any battery, most daps you're lucky to get a day out of them.

    Plus it gives you access to all the streaming services available on Android

    Oh, and you can use it as a phone as well
    using a sony experia xz1 now and for money new it is fantastic value. sony do audio very well. you also get hd bluetooth which is very decent.
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    Join Date: Mar 2014

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    using a sony experia xz1 now and for money new it is fantastic value. sony do audio very well. you also get hd bluetooth which is very decent.
    Yip, IF I was looking to buy anything for portable music it would probably be a Sony, good audio quality but usually great batteries too.

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