God preserves us from the form first hipsters, thats what I say! If this thing had warts all over it I could care less, as long as it sounds great!
Could not agree more. It looks butt ugly. looks like its trying to apeal to the "Alian" market. I would not want to own it on looks alone. Unsophisticated kids stuff!
I really don't understand. The AK100 and AK120 have a sort of understated elegance. What the hell happened in the boardroom when someone took the AK240 in and said "here we go, isn't this fab!"?
I agree to a point that it is about the sound but come on. Car ownership is all about the driving but BMWs are still ugly. At least there you sit inside it and don't have to see the angular garbage on the outside.
I fear that A&K have gone for the BMW crowd. Expensive and ugly so that overpaid idiots have to claim it is purist.
Dude I think you gotta sit and relax seriously. Calm your keyboard.
I don't like many things about iriver and their marketing strategy but come on, attacking them like that is really low...
Not sure if I understood correctly (non-native English speaker here) but do you mean, a Korean dap with curves or at least nice physical looking? Calyx M might be the answer. Design wise I like it, except the volume slider, which can create problems in day to day life use in the pocket.
It's not hate but it seems the AK240 rubs (quite) a few people the wrong way and for many different reasons. A lot of people dislike the pricing policy of the AK240, some (also) have a problem with the design for various reasons and Vinnie has pointed out why, in his opinion, the form factor is less than ideal from a technical standpoint .
iRiver of course will be very happy as their somewhat shrewd attempt for publicity whoring is obviously working and they get a lot of exposure and attention and I wouldn't be surprised if sales for their lesser priced (can't really say more affordable...) offerings would increase over this whole hoopla. In other words they have presented a TOTL device that probably won't sell all that well and doesn't really have to be 'the ultimate' for that reason but helps to further increase the notoriety of A&K/iRiver and might help them to sell quite a few more of their other products that are cheaper to produce and still yield ample profit margins.
That being said, first impressions of how good that thing really is will be quite interesting but no matter how good it might be the outrageous pricing and somewhat controversial design will still make this one a non-starter for many. IMHO.