I own an Astell & Kern AK120 which I bought 3 months ago. I bought it to replace my 11 year old iPod. Now, you may struggle to understand or believe this, but I cannot tell the difference in sound quality between the two devices. I play FLAC files on the Astell & Kern AK120 with the Graphic Equaliser switched off (as suggested on this forum). I use Sennheiser Momentum and Sony MDRXB500 headphones and I am told that this could be the problem as they are too colored. I have looked into buying more Headphones but there are so many... I read that to get the best out of some of the high-end Cans then I need a headphone amp but this seems crazy as I bought the AK120 as a portable device!
I am "upset" that my new £800 device sounds no different to a cheap iPod so if anyone can recommend better headphones then I will give them a go. I listen to prog Rock, Rock & Metal, ie, Genesis, Porcupine Tree, Marillion, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Deep Purple etc
Edited by Pudsi - 10/31/14 at 6:35am