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Guys, more details on the AK10 is found here: http://astellnkern.com/eng/htm/ak10/ak10_feature.asp

 

We just showed it off at RMAF with VERY positive responses. Along with the Lighting connector, a USB cable is provided as well, allowing it to be used as a USB DAC and fully compatible with for both PC and Mac!

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Thanks, Jimmy!
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Originally Posted by JmoonAK View Post

Guys, more details on the AK10 is found here: http://astellnkern.com/eng/htm/ak10/ak10_feature.asp

We just showed it off at RMAF with VERY positive responses. Along with the Lighting connector, a USB cable is provided as well, allowing it to be used as a USB DAC and fully compatible with for both PC and Mac!
post #18 of 311

I'm excited! I love AK100 and hopefully AK10 will be good. But no S/PDIF support?

post #19 of 311

Still think the price is a touch steep, but looks like the $300 range was about right:

 

http://www.headphone.com/headphone-amps/astellkern-ak10-headphone-ampdac.php

post #20 of 311
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Still think the price is a touch steep, but looks like the $300 range was about right:

 

http://www.headphone.com/headphone-amps/astellkern-ak10-headphone-ampdac.php

That seems pretty reasonable if they have SQ level of AK100.

post #21 of 311
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Originally Posted by JmoonAK View Post

Guys, more details on the AK10 is found here: http://astellnkern.com/eng/htm/ak10/ak10_feature.asp

We just showed it off at RMAF with VERY positive responses. Along with the Lighting connector, a USB cable is provided as well, allowing it to be used as a USB DAC and fully compatible with for both PC and Mac!

I'm going to assume (or hope) the output is as clean as the ak100 was, so I can use it in conjunction with a Meier Quickstep amp.

Can you confirm the amp stage? Is it using discrete fets like the ak100? Or is it really just a dac with digital volume control of the line out?
post #22 of 311

How does the sound of this compare to the e17?

post #23 of 311
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How does the sound of this compare to the e17?

 

How should we know that?

post #24 of 311

so who is gonna amp this? LoL

post #25 of 311
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How does the sound of this compare to the e17?

If we assume that iRiver used AK100's components, it's likely better, but no one knows for sure.

post #26 of 311

A small piece on the AK10. Seems to be a AK100 without the screen and storage. So perhaps an AK12 in the future? 

 

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/canjam-at-rmaf-2013-part-1/?page=2

post #27 of 311

Astell & Kern external USB DAC New AK10 release (3pages)

http://www.imp3.net/2/show.php?itemid=22424&page=3

post #28 of 311
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Originally Posted by JmoonAK View Post
 

Guys, more details on the AK10 is found here: http://astellnkern.com/eng/htm/ak10/ak10_feature.asp

 

We just showed it off at RMAF with VERY positive responses. Along with the Lighting connector, a USB cable is provided as well, allowing it to be used as a USB DAC and fully compatible with for both PC and Mac!

 

Do we have a date? 

 

Really wish this had a line-out.

post #29 of 311

I just picked up an AK10 and a new 64GB iPod Touch yesterday. I have not compared it with the AK100/AK120 before as I wasn't prepared to leave the iOS ecosystem, and I'm glad that A&K released this product so that I can still enjoy music without using the iPod's built in DAC.

 

Initial impressions are that it is a significant improvement over the iPod's internal DAC, as the music is much smoother, and the sound is better controlled. Couldn't believe it is very light, despite with a built-in battery. The included leather case is a nice touch also.

post #30 of 311

Wohoo, first impressions! Glad you like it.

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