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So i bought the AK70 as an upgrade from the AKJR. though i wouldn't say the differences are huge, they are definitely welcome.. The build quality on this thing is really great, it has a nice amount of weight to it, which adds to the overall solid feel of the unit. It has a very simple elegant design and i personally quite like the sharp edged design of Astell & Kern's players (i know some don't)) i think it makes the product feel more tactile. The player is deceptively small. When i saw images of it online i thought it was much larger than it is, it's actually not much bigger than the palm of my hand (i don't have big hands!). So why upgrade from the AKJR...?. Let me start by saying that i really liked the AKJR, it was nice and compact and the sound quality was really great. My main complaint was that the battery life was truly terrible, i was lucky to get much more than 4 hours out of it and that's with all energy saving options enabled playing a mix of Flac and 320kbps MP3's. The UI was also a bit clunky, though not terrible. For a start i have noticed that the battery life on the AK70 is much better. I'm averaging around 7-8 hours which, while still not great, is a welcome improvement over the AKJR. The sound quality has some small enhancements over the AKJR, which is hard to clarify here as i don't have both units side by side to A-B compare. I feel like the AK70 has a wider sound stage and a slightly clearer presentation overall. I don't think the differences in sound quality are worlds apart, but they are welcome non the less. The screen on the AK70 is way better than the AKJR, It runs fluidly and at a much higher resolution. The exterior functions are much the same as the AKJR which i like. Over all this is a fantastic hi res audio player. If you partner it with a great pair of headphone then you are in for a real treat. I'm currently using it with a pair of B&O play H6's for portable use and Philips Fidelio x1's for indoor home use and i am more than happy with the listening experience. At £499 it's not going to be for everyone (i actually struggled to justify it) but i have to say i'm glad i took the plunge. Fantastic!!!
This portable audio player is first class as i have all my music on two of these players, the sound is perfect and the controls are simple to follow, and transferring music from my computer to the player was straightforward. The player is not cheap, but then again you only get what you pay for.
What a superb little player this is - sounds superb and the GUI is pretty slick too - ok it is expensive but if you have the money available go for it as I don't think you will be disapointed - you will obviously need decent headphones too to get the best from it
O.K I'm not that well off, but (justifying the cost here) I am a musician, so I wanted a really good MP3 Player and I researched this to death. First let me say this is not an MP3 player, it's Hi-Fi for your pocket, the worst anyone could come up with was that it has sharp edges/corners and if that's a deal-breaker for you then buy an Apple product. The only thing it falls short on is battery life (see previous deal-breaker advice) but I have never had to use something for more than 10 hours so no pain for me, if 12 hr long-haul flights is your modus operandi then look at other players, Yes I think for £500 it should come with a case and a mains charger, but don't let that put you off, I don't think I have heard better sound from anything so small, and very easy to use with drag-and-drop computer interface and the actual operation of the device. An unexpected side effect is that it has provoked me into dusting off the old vinyl, turntable, and amplifier, as I'd forgotten how good music should sound. MP3 files make you a lazy listener. When (not if, as you have read this far) you buy this player, please make sure you do it justice by using some studio quality headphones commensurate with the A&K's sonic performance. I won't bore you with stats and specs you can find elsewhere, but let you know that I fitted a 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card which works fine. This may read like a promo for Astell&Kern, but I can assure you I'd never heard of them before I researched this purchase and was all ready to order a Sony Walkman but read they had low volume issues. I'm so glad I got this instead, and so will you be to.
Posseggo parecchi portatili di marche differenti, credevo che la qualità audio ( perchè è la cosa a cui tengo di più rispetto al modello ) fosse più o meno quella, incuriosito da alcune recensioni ho comprato questo modello dell' Astell & Kern e devo riconoscere che siamo su un'altro pianeta. Il suono è cristallino e la divisione degli strumenti è davvero notevole.