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Old 17th January 2015, 02:34 AM   #1
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Default Comparing AK4399 to AK4495

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There is an upgrade of the AK4399 chipset to a new one, AK4495. The are a number of advantages of AK4495 over the AK4399 which I am not aware of. Those who aware may like to list the advantages here. My query is will these advantages reflect on the sound quality output and will the listener noticeable the differences?

Also a number of DAC boards start to appear on Ebay and Aliexpress based on this new chipset, AK4495. I wonder anyone here tried anyone of these board, if you had please summarise your impression here esp. when compared to AK4399.
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Old 30th March 2015, 05:41 PM   #2
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Any update on this thread? Anybody had boards with the AK4495 or AK4490?
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Old 31st March 2015, 04:09 PM   #3
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I used an AKM4399 for the last 7 months. See DAC decoder AK4399 WM8805 ..coax and Optical input | eBay

I found it sounded better than the 16-bit chip used in the PS1. Also, able to be used as a general DAC for all my digital sources, not just the CD playback. So, although the PS1 stuff is fun to do.. basically (and to be unkind) putting lipstick on a pig still just gives you a pig with lipstick. The 32 bit chip is more open and follows detail better than the PS1. The basic dogbreath changes are economical and worthwhile. The rest, well .......
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Old 24th April 2015, 10:36 PM   #4
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I have been using dual AK4399 and did some heavy modification on it. Just by the time I think I have the best DAC on hand, I purchased a AK4495 single chip stock DAC (AUNE S16) that blows away my heavily modified dual AK4399 in terms of musicality, dynamic and quietness. I used to post a number of my findings in modifying dual AK4399 in diyaudio but I kept my mouth shut after using AK4495. It may be my modifications are not appropriate or the AK4495 is really better than AK4399. I have two ideas:

1. Buy a AK4495 (single chip) DAC from Weiliang and did similar modification as what I've been done on dual AK4399
2. Jump to Soekris R2R DAC and have a taste of discrete DAC that I've never done before.

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Old 25th April 2015, 11:55 AM   #5
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Hi Sunsun22,
I've heard the same about AK4495 that it's much better in terms of musicality and dynamics than 4399 but had no chance to try it yet, so now you are using Aune or anything else?
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I have the one from minishow. Doukmall and doukstore are more money for the same dac . The ak4495 is a excellent sounding dac, I bought another one for my second system
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Default AK4495 VS AK4399

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Hi Sunsun22,
I've heard the same about AK4495 that it's much better in terms of musicality and dynamics than 4399 but had no chance to try it yet, so now you are using Aune or anything else?
Yes, I am using a "factory product" from Aune at this moment. Aune is the product division of the largest hi fi diy website hifidiy.net in China. Aune S16 is a compact DAC with headphone output (I nearly forgot about this) using single AK4495 but as a diyer, I dislike this compact size and SMD components because I don't have steady hands to modify it anymore. You can go to their website and have a look of the S16 auneaudio | High Performance Audio - Crafted in China.

Weiliang also debut their AK4495+AK4118 DAC that I have just talked to them in buying the kit without the analog output part. This will reduce my "exploration fee" but I am still thinking of buying a version that accepts direct IIS input from another supplier in China. Recently, I heard of how it sounds like by connecting a CDPro2 with a DAC through IIS - just can't imagine the same gears can sound so differently when using IIS connection. Too many toys here.

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Hi Andy,

Most of the AK4495 sold in your list are actually made from PCB OEM by Weiliang but using different components. There are other suppliers that use different layout but their website are in Chinese and are being sold locally in China.

This one comes with IIS and DSD input
AK4495SEQ DAC解码器!官方标准电路!I2S/DSD输入!半成品套件!-淘宝网

Another one with IIS and DSD input
AK4495SEQ DAC解码器!官方评估电路!I2S/DSD输入!半成品套件!-淘宝网

This one looks good but they are not friendly to help, not even providing the circuit.
AK4495S DAC 解码器成品板 软控 支持IIS/DSD输入 DSD128 PCM384K-淘宝网

A cheaper alternative
AK4495SEQ+WM8805 DAC 光纤同轴USB解码板 发烧级音频解码器-淘宝网
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Hi Sunsun22,

I'm aware of aune products including S16 DAC just wasn't sure if you use it now or not
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