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Astell-kern-ak120.34255395
8.7 out of 10

Astell & Kern AK120

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Overall 8
8.0

Very good DAP

Robert, B&H Photo
22 July 2014
  • Excerpt: This is a great item for those of us that want a high quality portable music player. UI is reliable and easy to use. SQ is very good. I use this mainly with Shure SE846 earphones. They pair well. Plenty of capacity, especially when Micro SD's are added. Build is truly high end. Highly recommended.
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Overall 10
10

Potable HD Audio! DSD Audio Amazing sound Drives all my headphones without the need of a headphone amp or DAC!

M. Steel "Miller's "Audio House"", Amazon
16 April 2014
  • Summary: These AK120 and by association the other AK Portable Dual DAC Hi-Fi audio players are just flat out OUTSTANDING audio Devices, Portable or not. Hook this up to my IEM's and OMG what soul, play a 16bit CD file sounds great, 24bit, 48khz, better, 24bit 88K better still amazing, it should right, 24bit 192k OMG, and then DSD 64 the flood gates open, and you are in the Aural Space.
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Overall 6
6.0

Fantastic lisetning experience - BUT...

Jim in NYC, B&H Photo
23 March 2014
  • Excerpt: Listening to hi-rez music content (dsd, flac, alac, aiff). I'm able to become immersed in music and hear things I've never heard before in familiar pieces. But, because I use a mac to load music onto the device, and there is no mac version of the iriver music manager, i can't use all of the menu items - such as playlists, genres, artists, mqs, etc. So I'm feeling a bit disappointed.
  • Pros: Easy To Set Up, Great Sound, Simple Controls
  • Cons: Not Fully Mac Compatable, Not Fully Mac Compatible, Short Battery Life
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Overall 10
10

Portable music

David M Levy, Amazon
21 February 2014
  • Summary: I learned about this in the Absolute Sound. It is just wonderful. I moved all my 24 / 96 DADs over to the computer and then to this guy. Time in the gym goes so much faster now that I have this. Now that high resolution is easy to find via downloads this capability is even more attractive. It comes with an example of Chesky's 24 / 192. Oh my. This model *might* have an easier time with the new high resolution DSDs than the less expensive one.
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Overall 8
8.0

Nice unit to store your whole file collection

jzimmt, Amazon
16 February 2014
  • Summary: I have only one complaint, the iriver software crashes. When it finally worked it proceeded to break up all of my albums (on hard drive) into seperate files and retitle them with new album names(audiobooks,childrens collections etc) picked randomly from the internet. Unless ripped albums have all information attached accurately, they are downloaded to the unit into an unknown file titled unknown albums.
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Overall 10
10

a must!

Carlos Y. Urata, Amazon
27 January 2014
  • Summary: This is the kind of device I was looking for! Because of the quality of sound, much more range than traditional mp3 standard.
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Overall 10
10

Fantastic sound. UI much better than expected.

C. Tan "CT", Amazon
26 December 2013
  • Summary: I read "Tim - Film Lover"'s 1-star review along with others elsewhere who expressed great dissatisfaction with iRiver's UI on these players. That gave me pause as I've had iPods whose UI I like, along with players like the HiFiMan HM601 whose UI I dislike. I bought a Cipher Labs AlgoRythm Solo (+ALO Continental v2) earlier so that I could stay in the Apple ecosystem. The continued good reviews kept interest high and I got one of these.
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Overall 10
10

Heavy price tag but there is value

PR, B&H Photo
10 December 2013
  • Excerpt: The AK120 costs you the equivalent of 5 iPod classics and gives you not much more storage (192 max with 2 cards vs 160GB plain). The iPod still being a good player, the difference in sound quality is phenomenal. You need headphones or loudspeakers of decent quality (Sennheiser upperline and Klipsch horns are mine).
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Overall 10
10

From a non-audiophile

septagon, Amazon
23 November 2013
  • Summary: I have purchased AK120 due to a combination of features I have been missing in portable digital music players for a long time. What I wanted: 1. high-quality sound (AK120 is great); 2. high memory capacity of at least 120GB (AK120 can support up to 3x 64GB); 3. dedication to music (no games, apps, phone, Android, etc.); 4. support for USB mass-storage device class (drag-and-drop music into the player); 5. pocket size; 6.
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Overall 10
10

Excellant piece of equipment

Amazon Customer, Amazon
23 November 2013
  • Summary: I also have the FIIO X3 which sounds almost as good sound wise but, the ak120 is so much better. Sound is to die for and it is a finished product that works and is user friendly as well as blue tooth and touch. If you can afford it the AK120 is the way to go. Edit: Another reviewer bemoaned the Iriver software that comes with the 120. I didn't like it either.
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