For all who are interested:
I could talk to some Astell & Kern guys on the Munich High End Show this weekend.
They showed (and had several units to listen to) the all new AK100 II, AK 120 II, and the AK240.
The pricing will be further increased to 1.200 EURO (I believe - if I didn't mishear) for the Ak100 II, 1.800 EURO for the AK120 II.
The Players increased in Size to Iphone like dimensions, all have a new Android based UI, a large touch screen and more storage on board. The second SDXC - Card Slot unfortunately is gone (due to Android restrictions) and the AK 100 II comes with 64 GB on board plus 1 Slot for a 128 GB card, the AK120 II comes with 128 GB on board and 1 Slot for a 128 GB card.
AK100 still has 1 DAC, AK120 has 2 DACs - but now they are from Cirrus. (Don't know the exact specs)
The look and feel is very similar to the 240. Both have WiFi and are able to stream Music.
I asked about the "old" 100 and 120 - they declared that there will be a major firmware update in the next few weeks.
The Japanese AK homepaghe already shows the new products (I got the pics from there)
So - lets hope for the best that this update will solve most of the issues - I fear that afterwards there will not be much focus on the "old" players. (strange how You can think of "old" when the product is sometimes not even a year old. This is becoming more and more of a cell phone like market in terms of product development and cycles ...)
So - thought I let You know.