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Ipod alternative for the discerning ear,
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This review is from: Astell and Kern AK100 Personal MQS & Ultimate Portable Hi-fi Music Player -32GB of Internal Memory (Electronics)
My usual listening rig is iPod classic, Cypher Labs DAC and ALO amp but it can be a little cumbersome to tote around. Plus it looks like an explosive device to nervy security bods.
This is an alternative to carrying three components around plus it also plays higher resolution files.
The interface is pretty good with a touch screen and is rather more sophisticated than the Colorfly 4 for example.
Again unlike the Colorfly the software works seamlessly.
Capacity is not bad with inbuilt 32gb plus space for two, yes two, micro sd cards giving you at least another 64g and possibly another 128g if you get 64g cards.
(Make sure you format them correctly.)
Sound quality is very good. There has been some criticism on headphone forums about the high impedance of the unit and the effect it may have on IEMs.
Well with my Westone 4R it sounds just fine.
The fact it plays flac files is important to me. I have tried higher resolution files at 24 bit 96 kHz but cannot really tell the difference between 16 bit 44khz and the higher resolution files.
Machine is very well made and incredibly small compared to the Colorfly.
All in all recommended.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2013 18:01:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Aug 2013 09:08:28 BDT
Update: Latest firmware enables AK100 to play Apple lossless files.
Only thing it cannot do at present is gapless playback.
Update: latest firmware means can now play gapless.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2013 22:01:57 BDT
I have read somewhere that a simple option in settings allows for supposedly gapless playback (not sure if it is pure gapless, or a mini blank between songs).
In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2013 23:16:47 BDT
No, not possible.
I believe AK120 will support gapless.
Posted on 2 Aug 2013 01:10:08 BDT
H. S. Hussain says:
Would you still recommend the Astell & Kern AK100 + Westone 4R? As at the moment I am in a dillema on whether to get the AK100 or colorfly C4 to go with the Westone 4R. I think the only thing that is bothering me is the 22/20ohm output impedance.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2013 09:09:14 BDT
I use Westone 4R and have no problems with the AK100 at all.
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