My honest review About the Astell&Kern AK120ii and AK240 Music Player.
Rodolfo Farinas Jr., Amazon
5 days ago
Summary: I don't like the fact that this company, as well as most of the reviewers are telling, or to put it better (misleading) people into thinking that the way this player reproduces high quality files ( High bitrate ) FLACs, DSD etc. is the absolute best way or best quality you're going to get on music listening. First of all, you will always get great sound from music players if you feed them FLACs or Higher quality files only.
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: Combined with a pair of Audeze LCD3 headphones, the AK240 fulfils my loftiest dreams of high quality electronic sound reproduction in a space-saving, portable and not impossibly expensive way. I actually place a headphone amplifier (specifically the Nuforce 192k DAC) between the AK240 and the headphones. I do this because I want the headphones to shift readily to a different source (my Mac Bluray Player).