Looking at this comment thread just makes me so fucking angery.
Like come on, lets just face it, the astell and Kern ak380 is a big piece of shit at $2000. Anyone who has a pair of working ears and a working brain will know that the ak380 is a big piece of shit at $2000.
In case you rich dumbasses protecting the ak380 cannot understand the meaning of $2000, this is what $2000 can buy you.
Dpx1a + Andromeda + $300
Zx300a + Andromeda + $500
Qp2r + $700
The qp2r can drive all headphones without an external amp with insane quality power, sounds like absolute heaven, comes with balanced and USB dac, and you still have $700 to blow on whatever fancy iem or cable you want, and oh yeah, it doesn't hurt your hand because its actually designed for humans to use.
To the other people comparing spects and shit, dude, you need to give the players a try. A shitty chifi dap with a totl dac chip ain't gonna beat a basic quality dac chip implemented properly.
Here are a few examples of good implementations of DACs in daps:
Sony wm1a, wm1z(shitty price), zx300
Questyle qp1r, qp2r
(Nice sound, shit price)
Astell and Kern ak240, ak240ss, ak380 all models, sp1000
Good sources in general:
Chord mojo, Hugo 2( I think, the price tag MAY be justified on this one)
Ifi micro BL, nano BL
Alright iv let off steam. Yay.
But in all seriousness, audio is whatever floats your boat. If you really like that sound that something provides that you can't get elsewhere, just get it, disregard everyone else's opinion.
Because at the end of the day, its your ears and wallet, not mine.