The Astell & Kern 120ii Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'IEMs and Portable Gear' started by maxedfx, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. maxedfx

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    Post your impressions, ask questions, bash them, praise them...
     
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    A vastly overpriced DAP with a sound not necessarily better than its younger siblings (100II or Jr).
     
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    So better to get the 100ii than the 120ii??

    $600 100ii or $1200 120ii, both used. which is the better buy??
    I'm leaning towards the 120ii because of the dual amps and extra oomp on balanced! also think its a little future proof, atleast for me...
     
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    No experience with balanced out. For the best price/performance, go for 100II. I personally think 100II>120II. Bob Katz at innerfidelity thinks 100II falls behind slightly.
     
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    I have both and I use them mostly with balanced out direct into CIEMs. It's hard for me to tell the difference, honestly. I won't say that there's none, but it's not the "smack in the forehead I coulda had a V8" kind of thing.

    Rob
     
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    Thanks guys! Probably will get the used 100ii and save the rest!
     
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    What did you end up getting? Sorry I am late to the game. I owned both.
     
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    Got the ak100ii, for a good deal on hf!! And it's awesome. I'm loving it so far!
     
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    It is a good choice. The sound signatures are real similar. I have always said there is something about the 100ii that makes it an easier listen for long listening sessions.
     

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