Having purchased the brilliant ak120 I am looking to purchase a stereo amp and speakers to get the best out of it. Any ideas?
Budget dependent, but I'd look at active speakers from AVI, PMC, Genelec, Event and Quested.
I think only the AVIs would give you remote though.
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What classical music are you listening to?
I was thinking to purchase it as well. Does it have digital out or only analog?
It has both but whether the extra outlay over and above the cost of the AK100 is debatable.
To the OP, you need to find speakers that are suited to your room size / layout etc and not necessarily to your source.
Active speakers suggested are a good idea but often difficult to audition and most are rarely available to home audition.
Just get down to your local dealer and see what they have. Listen to whatever you can, find one you like the sound of and then ask to audition it at home.
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The 120 might be worth it if you have a lot of DSD recordings. Depends on your budget, how simple a set up you want, room size... Etc.
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That was precisely the point of my reply to mute . I'd only spend this sort of money if the need to futureproof makes it worth it as I assumed he has not got a vast DSD collection, what with material being very sparce on the ground at the moment.
The OP already has a 120.
From what I have heard the 120 does offer improved sound quality, though this might be made redundant if using an outboard DAC. Whether it is worth the extra outlay is pretty dependent on the individual and of course applies to all hifi - is ot worth spending £1000 on an amp when there are fine £500 ones out there? If so, is it then worth spending £2000 on an amp? Such questions cannot really be answered except by the individual buyer. Our of interest, NRMORRIS, did you audition the 120 and 100 side by side?
As for amp and speakers, without an idea of budget and room size it is difficult to offer suggestions.
Are you thinking of using it in an active speaker set-up?
No, I was thinking to plug it to my external DAC at home and use it as portable music player on the road. I could not figure out from their web site if one can stream digital music to an external DAC.
I don't know what DAC you have at home but if you are considering buying the 120 it would suddenly become redundant.
The AK120 already has DACs of a quality that you would not believe. Just use the analogue output.
Room is 5m x 4m. budget is £1000
Budget is £1000. Room size is 5m x4m.
The dual Wolfston mono dacs included in the ak120 sold it for me. Also re: availability of high res music alot of sites now offer downloads and I also rip SACDS, DVDs and DVD audio discs. To have these files on the move and as part of a high level home hifi set up is great. By the way, regular lossless CD rips sound so much better on the ak120.
Interesting. How are you managing to rip SACDs?
Regards system Rega Brio R amp and Q Acoustics 2050i speakers would do it for me but in this instance you might be better off looking at active speakers, of which I have limited experience, so will leave these to the more informed.
I rip SACDs using my PS3
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