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This is a terrific price for this; I have one and they have fantastic performance. I paid $750 for mine and it is worth every penney.
No, it's not a great price at all. You can get one barely used for $350-400 on Head-fi.
No- it is a great price when you go with a reputable retailer it is consistently at the $799 mark. I think a lot of people here are obviously referring to the previous generation v1 player when they say it can be found cheaper.
It is a great price in comparison to the MSRP, that is true. I have used one, and I must say that (to me) while it it is a nice player, I must say I still find it overpriced for the sound quality.
Um..no. Believe me, I know which DAP I'm talking about here. I have owned most of the AK lineup at one point in time. What's this nonsense about a "reputable dealer"? Are you insinuating that buying from members of the largest audiophile community isn't reputable? It's a DAP for Christs sake... not a Benz. My main point was that the unit isn't worth the ludicrous price of $699. It sounds no better than the RWAK100 put out by Vinnie at Red Wine Audio. That's why my initial comment outside of this conversation was...spend the $899 and go with the iBasso DX200. For the $899 you get a unit that is absolutely comparable to the AK380. AK has put out so much BS about their product that unless you actively compare them to other brands you believe their BS. You tell people that your product is WORTH the 3.5 thousand percent markup...and they fall for it. Yes...3.5 thousand percent. There were a bunch of us at the AK booth at the NYC CanJam a few weeks ago speaking with a one of their Directors of Marketing about this and yes. That's the number. Hey if you have a ton of cash laying around and are an AK fanboy...knock yourself out. But know that there's better bang for your buck out there. Just search.
Why are you advertising spending an extra couple hundred dollars just to have a comparable sound/unit...? I'm going with the cheapest option that sounds the best, and a "comparable sound" for $200 cheaper seems like an easy sell.
How mature. Did you have your mommy proof read that for you?
Firstly, I'm not advertising for any unit or manufacturer. Secondly, this unit is not comparable to the flagship of any manufacturer. Lastly, for the money this costs...you can get a better sounding DAP...that's what I am saying. The Pioneer XDP-300R, the even the Onkyo DP-X1, or even the FiiO X7. If you want cheaper with fantastic sound. There are tons of options out there.
You say:"I have owned most of the AK lineup at one point in time." Than you call others AK fanboys? It sounds like you're just hating on a product you probably haven't owned or couldn't afford.
LOL no smartass. I happen to be a product reviewer. Afford? You don't want to go down that path boy. If you had any common sense you might have thought to actually read what I've written. Does it sound like I have no experience with the product line? Reading is fundamental, pay closer attention to details and you'll go far in life.
Ok Stevie you win... I'll not question your vast wealth again and pay heed to your advice on how to advance in life. Thank goodness you were here to assist in this metamorphoses i'm now experiencing do to your expert guidance.
The length of time here is irrelevant. You appear to be trolling in the you are rude to the OP with an unsolicited opinion- not to mention being discourteous to MassDrop and AK, both whom are trying to do business on THEIR site! Would you appreciate me, or anyone else, coming to your place of business and telling them to go elsewhere? That's precisely what you are doing. Save your opinions and reviews for HeadFi. Finally, no, buying a used product from a headfi'r or anyone else used is not the same as purchasing new for a whole slew of obvious reasons- that's why most of us are here- to get a good deal on a New product!
How was I rude in response to the OP? An unsolicited opinion? Welcome to reality. As for being discourteous to MD and AK? Are you serious? This is a moneymaking website, not a human being and AK is a price gouging machine.
There isn't anyone to BE discourteous to. If you had any experience with the forums here...or many forums in general...members are encouraged to put their "unsolicited opinions" anywhere where it might help other members. Frankly who the fuck are you to tell me to save my opinions and reviews for Head-fi? I happen to do reviews for print not online. I think your last sentence is absolutely ridiculous as this ins't a "new product" and it's certainly not a "good deal". So this brings me to you personally.
You have nothing of worth to say earlier so you "yawn". Then you come back with "says the dickish troll".
I'm being rude? Grow the fuck up and look at your involvement in this discourse. I love when children, yes Lampson, you...Children resort to posting barbs when they have nothing intelligent or substantial to post in reply.
This has been humorous, an education really, of what some smart-ass members of this site are like. So you can keep your petty venomous retorts there Lampson. I'm done now. Feel small. Because you really are.
Don't waste your breadth on Stevie dude. It's obvious by his/her responses that either we're dealing with a pre pubescent child or someone with some mental limitations/disabliities.
Anyone who needs to bring up someones "mommy", call people names and say things like "I've been on MD for a lot longer than you" is obviously not an adult... Just ignore him and he'll get angrier and hopefully take his anger out on his Nintendo Wii or go down to nap time.
Good one Stevie!
Go to bed Stevie it must be close to nap time...
That was quite a temper tantrum- apparently low on meds as well:)
Lol, I told ya he'd get angrier... I'm sure an angry profanity laced response to me is on its way. Hopefully this troll will get blocked eventually.
LOL. You kids are great. Big words there Davu. Your attempt at goading was a fail and Lampoon can barely complete full sentences. Now, once again, you should get offline before your babysitters get angry at you. Your responses are typical of your age bracket and I really did expect more out of you both. Good try though...no angry profanity here when it's not warranted.
Pay attention, these are complete sentences that express a thought relating to the subject matter of my responses to both of your remarks. I know, I know...why would you guys need to use full sentences when you can live in your parents basements forever? Good luck with whatever it is that you want to be when you both grow up.
Don't waste your time on these rich dad millennials . This is a forum where anyone can post his opinions. END OF STORY. These idiots don't matter.
Thanks Indi. I know, they come and go...spout BS and nonsense then fade away into obscurity. That's because they don't have good WiFi in their parents basements...lol.
Locking this thread. Happy Holidays everyone.