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: 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.
Summary: Summary: It does not get any better than this. Now for the good, the odd, and the unfortunate. I use this as my primary listening device an hour or so per day. The time usage is rising now that I am also employing the AK240 as the primary music source in my car. The good news is that the sound quality is superb. Also, the power is sufficient for any headphones. The odd aspect is somewhat ironic.
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: 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.