Summary: The AK240 is a wonderful music player. Pro: Outstanding sound; good IU; good design; excellent build. Con: Only fair battery; price. The AK240 sounds great and works pretty much flawlessly, even if some are not entirely happy with its firmware. But for less than a quarter of its price you can buy an enhanced iPod Classic, Generation 5.5 with sound that comes close. Some might say better.
Summary: The interface and UI is absolutely dreadful. Constant freezing and stuttering, and crashes. Countless times all my playlists had disappeared from the device. It's a complete pain to navigate the slow, clunky system. A tradeoff for the amazing sound output, I guess...
Summary: (Satire follows) I have some rocks I found in my backyard that possess special properties. They will heal any wounds on your body, and will clear acne from your face. Only $100 per pebble. Or you could spend your money on an audio player for over $2000 that supposedly sounds better than an Ipod. Foolishness indeed.
Summary: The best player out there of it's type. I see complaints about cost. If you have inexpensive headphones then buy something less expensive. If you have an ear that can hear the difference then you already have great headphones. This is an amazing off-board DAC as well. Again, those complaining about cost usually have very low life standards and are jealous of those who create great value for others and get paid accordingly.
Summary: bought the a k240 so i can listen to good quality music and i am glad i did so. excellent sound quality from a portable player. don't mind spending $2499 for an excellent portable unit and it is well made.
Summary: It is very expensive - more expensive than the components would warrant, but at the moment it stands alone in the marketplace. If you listen to contemporary pop music, don;t waste your money, the dual DAC's and balanced output are wasted on contemporary music which is mixed for Beats headphones (really, really awful headphones) or earbuds.
A honest review for people with not so deep pockets.
17 May 2014
Summary: I had a choice when I was looking for a source for my portable music problem. I wanted a player that could drive my headphones had a decent battery and sounded fantastic. I came across the astell and kern 240 and thought this was what I needed, sadly I was wrong. I tested out another fairly cheaper player the ibasso dx90. I found that the sound quality between theses players where minimal which surprised me as there was a 2000$ price difference between the two.
Summary: I upgraded from the AK120, what a difference. This model is superior in every way. Build quality, screen, operating system, features and best of all, sound quality. The streaming software needs a little work, I couldn't get the MAC version to work at all on two different computers and the Windows version works inconsistently. To be honest, I don't use the streaming capability but it should work. Price. Well its a lot of money and I'll leave it at that.