Portable Source Components
“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...” --MacedonianHero
“ I bought this player because I wanted “the best” portable DAP money could buy. Even though I now have a portable experience that rivals or might even surpass my desktop setup, it has not left me without considerable headaches and occasional feelings of buyer’s remorse. Let’s remember that this is a $1300 product and when you include Canadian duties and taxes I’m in ~$1600! I knew...” --rataplan
“ Thanks to slwiser, Spidermeng and Woody469 for some of the pictures used in this video. ” --Currawong
“Before I start my review, I would like to Thank Astell & Kern for providing me with a review loaner in exchange for my honest opinion. Either if you are a novice audio enthusiast or a seasoned audiophile, you are probably familiar with a name of "Astell & Kern". It’s like a fashion brand name or a luxury vehicle known for their stylish looks, durable design, and top of...” --twister6
“Introduction/Preamble There are very few things about my life that I would consider certainties. Skepticism is my natural reaction to information that is not founded in some sort of established fact. Amplifying this behavior is the last several years of post grad work that has bent my mind into doubting...” --eke2k6
“I have had my AK380 for over a month now and its time to post a review Before I had the AK380 I had an NW-ZX2 for 6 months, an AK240 for nearly two years and the AK120 before that, so yes, I like the A&K players. I have been listening at least 4 hours a day at least 4 days a week since I got it I have paired it with Beyerdynamic T5p's single ended, Shure...” --piercer
“I've had my eye on the Titan for a while now, largely because of the storage capacity, but the price had put me off. Just before Christmas it hit my price point, probably because of the newer AK models, and I decided to treat myself, I'm really glad I did! I already own an Ibasso DX-100, which is far and away the best portable player I've ever had, and I didn't want to pay another...” --dc-k
“Build & Usage: Good looking, very nice feeling player, it looks like a really sold build and it's all metal construction. Not much to say about it, you can check pictures. I wasn't satisfied with overall usage of the player because of quite a few flaws. Screen isn't so good both when it comes to viewing angles, colors and resolution, it is sufficient but again, for this kind of...” --Tail
Thin and Light The AK Jr project gives everyone the opportunity to comfortably listen to high resolution audio, anytime and anywhere. Although the Astell&Kern was a portable device, its relatively large size made it less convenient for some. The AK Jr's compact design delivers the highest sound quality while fitting comfortably in your pocket. The AK Jr is like carrying a small concert...
AK120 modified by Red Wine Audio as follows : - replacing the two stock Wolfson WM8740 dac chips with the premium WM8741 chips - configuring the WM8741s to run in “hardware mode” – eliminating the digital volume control processing - configuring the WM8741s to use their “minimal phase digital filter” option - hardwiring the stereo line-out signal to the 3.5mm...