Astell & Kern AK240 Reviews




Pros: Outstanding sound quality, the best UI of any audiophile DAP thus far, unparalled build quality, innovative Wi-Fi features (streaming, etc.).

Cons: Should include balanced adapter, runs warm, price point can be a significant barrier to entry for some.

  REVIEW: Astell & Kern AK240   Tuesday, February 25th, 2014   by Warren Chi & Michael Liang   Editor's Note: If you haven't read (or don't remember) our Astell & Kern AK120 Roundtable Discussion from last year, please take a moment to review it now. We came to some conclusions in that discussion, conclusions that shaped our views moving into this review.   When it comes to Astell & Kern, we have a running joke here at Audio360... if you get one of their players, you're gonna get screwed.   But before you get the wrong idea, you should know that this actually has very little to do with Astell & Kern, and everything to do...
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Amazing player best portable DAP I've listened to yet


Pros: UI, storage capacity, streaming capability, native DSD playback

Cons: Expensive, runs warm after some time, battery life

When I first got this player through the mail I was amazed at the amount of power this device holds. Works great as a DAP or as a DAC with my mac since I have more of my music on there. The large storage was a huge plus for me since I have a large library. One of my favorite features though is that these players recently got the capability to stream Tidal from the device. With my Shure se846 I was further impressed when I paired it up with the player because the bass was significantly improved and when I play DSOTM in DSD I can really hear the difference from when I used to play it in FLAC. Overall, I think this player is one great device the battery life isn't as great as I'd like it to...
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Fabulous sound at a (hefty) price


Pros: Almost everything you want in a player. Fabulous design, great sound, good UI.

Cons: Expensive.

I purchased this player to upgrade my Fiio X3 and the Colorfly C4. Both good players in their own rights, but out-shined greatly by the AK240. As one of the most powerful player at the time of purchase (2015) and maybe today (2017), the AK240 packs punch, quality and great UI into a relatively small package--at a price.    Of course, Iriver products are known to be quite costly, but the 2,500 price tag will probably shy off most listeners. Is it worth it? I would say so. The sound quality and UI are both fabulous, and the battery life will last you for the day unless your earphones are glued to your ears.    At the time of this review, however, AK have already...
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