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Astell&Kern AK100II High Resolution Single DAC Audio Player Reviews

MacedonianHero

Overall, while not cheap by any means, I think the AK100 II offers outstanding value as it rivals some of the better and more costly desktop rigs (wit

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Pros: The neutral and open sound signature of the AK100 II will grab your attention and never let go while you’re on the go.

Cons: Not cheap, no USB DAC functionality for Macs.

Astell & Kern AK100 II: Portable Pleasure   So I have a confession to make: I’m a DAP “noob”. I’ve basically been old school with my on-the-go Hi-Fi, using iDevices and a third party amp (HeadAmp Pico, RSA Audio Hornet, et cetera…) or even an Amp/DAC combo like the Beyerdynamic A200p. Then I tried the Astell & Kern AK100 II. While I’ve heard some lower priced DAPs, I’ve never felt the need to reach outside my iDevice/external amp setup. That is of course until I got to review the AK100 II. Astell & Kern is a division of iRiver and based out of South Korea. The company offers three high end Digital Audio Players (DAP): the AK100 II, AK120 II and their flagship, the...
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WayneWoondirts

AK100II - addictive high end DAP

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Pros: Sound, UI, Features, Build, Screen

Cons: firmware 1.25 messed up a lot, mSD slot hard to reach

Disclaimer:   I was provided with a free sample of Astell & Kern's DAP for this review by a local distributor.   Introduction: Because of a small series of lucky coincidences I found myself on the phone with the CEO of AudioTuning, Austria's biggest audio distributor, and after a few minutes I got offered to review the AK100 II, which couldn't be declined. How often do you have the opportunity to test one of the best DAPs? A week later my review package arrived, right after I finished my time with FiiO's second gen. X5, and at the moment this was the best sound I've heard. This was about to change very soon.   The box delivered what I knew about A&K....
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JoeDoe

Astell & Kern 100ii: The Gatekeeper

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Pros: Aesthetics, Sound quality, Design, Additional features

Cons: MSRP, File transfer for Macs

The AK100ii is a DAP I've had my eye on for quite some time. At first glance, it's obvious that it's a premium piece of kit, with it's clean efficient lines, quality touch screen, minimal physical interruptions, and compact size. Reading up on it's specs and the fact that it keeps (and improves) on it's previous iteration leads one to believe that for the asking price, this should be a one stop product, where a bunch of tweaking, additional cables, outboard DACs or amps shouldn't be necessary.   And ya know what? It lives up to the hype.   The Hits  Support for every lossless format under the Sun USB DAC capability Wi-fi and Bluetooth capabilities Smoothest, most...
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cvbcbcmv

Lots of Sound in a Small Package

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Pros: Clarity, UI, Design

Cons: Poor wifi strength, Boot time

After countless hours of enjoyment, I believe it's finally time for me to publish my review of the Astell and Kern AK100ii.  Design/Build Quality: You don't need to own an Astell and Kern product in order to see the effort they put into the craftsmanship of their products. The blend of aluminum and glass bears resemblance to an Apple Product, and an untrained eye might even guess one of their players is the result of Apple's design team. Among the audio community, however, Astell and Kern stands out as creating some of the most beautiful and easily recognizable products of any company. The AK100ii is no exception.   Press renders can make any product look...
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musikaladin

Finally a mobile system that really fulfils my expectations

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Pros: Amazing sound, usability and design in a single package

Cons: Accepts “only” one Micro SD card

Whereas I am also an old school hard-core vinyl aficionado, I (luckily) jumped the digital high-res train early enough to nowadays be equipped with the most necessary hard- and software to be able to really enjoy that playground.   After the rise of CDs in the early 80s I started to examine the options with Sony’s SACD as soon as it became available on the consumer market. And to a certain degree I still use SACD. Namely the SACD plugin (…or “add-on” or whatever…) for foobar2000 to play DSD via my ifi micro iDSD.   Concerning portable high res, earlier I “played” around with the AK100 (MK 1, the one with the rather high output impedance), I own a FiiO X5 and I had a loaner...
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CasperBxl

GREAT DAP, compact, feature rich, open sound stage, very precise

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Pros: Great sound, Compact, Feature rich, great UI

Cons: Sync Software would be great

I recently got the AK 100 II after dabbling with a phone based stack.   Alternate setup:     Samsung Galaxy S5     FIIO E18     + PowerAmp Pro (Cost: 2.99€) + iSyncr (Cost: 3.99€) + Stream to Media Devices, BubbleUPNP (Cost: 3.49€)   Sound Quality for this setup is GREAT. Love the E18 and its performance and great sound.     I had bought the E18 so I could combine good music and being on the go with 1 "device". After a couple of weeks, I found that a phone based stack is a bit cumbersome and not very handy.   So, after snooping though the forums for ages, reading up on features, sound, etc I saw that Astell...
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