Digital Audio Player Pairings
Using some of our preferred flagship DAPs we have provided our signature impressions and synergies below.
Pairing with Chord Hugo (optically driven from the AK380CU) – Using 3.5mm Single Ended Output
Brighter signature, greater detail but body of signature a little stark at times. – Okay signature synergy.
Pairing with the Astell & Kern AK380 Copper Edition – Using 3.5mm Single Ended Output
Full rich bodied signature, bass is strong and impacting. The laid back warm character is complemented by the signature dynamics of the AK380CU. – Good signature synergy.
Pairing with the Sony NW-WM1Z Player – Using 4.4mm Balanced Output
Natural sounding with more transparency present, wider staging and separation of the layering is more distinct along with the imaging. – Preferred signature synergy.
As both models are easy to drive all digital audio players tried worked well, so you should have no trouble getting a great signature experience with most DAPs.