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Astell & Kern AK Jr High Resolution 64GB Music Player - The Starting Point of Music

Astell & Kern AK Jr High Resolution 64GB Music Player - The Starting Point of Music
  • Astell & Kern AK Jr High Resolution 64GB Music Player - The Starting Point of Music
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  • Astell & Kern AK Jr High Resolution 64GB Music Player - The Star
  • Astell & Kern AK Jr High Resolution 64GB Music Player - The Star
  • Astell & Kern AK Jr High Resolution 64GB Music Player - The Star
  • Astell & Kern AK Jr High Resolution 64GB Music Player - The Star

Astell & Kern AK Jr High Resolution 64GB Music Player - The Starting Point of Music

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Average customers review
5 of 5 Stars! (3 customer reviews)

Paul Mullin
Date Added: Friday 28 August, 2015
5 of 5 Stars!
Pros:

Very very detailed clinical and uncoloured sound.
Exceptional for Classical & Jazz.
No problem driving my Sennheiser and Grado headphones.
Lovely looking unit with a quality feel.
The DSD samples really did show the quality of the D...Read moreAC.
Wav Flac & MP3 playback quality top notch.


Nit Picking :
Sound stage to my ears was not as impressive as my Iriver H120 or Cowon Z2.
Mid-range was not as forward as I would like (Personal thing).

Cons :

Software quite flaky (Version 1) - have not yet tried later Software versions.
The equaliser once activated and altered could not be set back to flat (Unless completely turned off.)
I find it insulting that Astell & Kern should release a £400 product with this kind of issue.
The touch screen is very much hit & miss

Overall :

You need to get use to the sound of the Jnr as its reproduction is so faithful to original recording.
(If like me you have become accustomed to audio players adding some warmth and extra bass to signal).
I think the player is overpriced - I would think a price of £300 would be more reasonable.
5 of 5 Stars!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
Loui
Date Added: Wednesday 12 August, 2015
5 of 5 Stars!
Good:
DAP with noticable improvement over my trusty ipod classic.
Improving with each firmware upgrade.
Drives AKG 702+kimber cable without the need for headphone amp.
Portable and an object of beauty.
8 hrs battery life playing ALAC @ 75% vol...Read moreume.
Works well as DAC for Mac playback.

Not so good.
Very sharp shape, especially bottom corners.
Screen touch sensitivity is laggy, especially for EQ sliders.
5 of 5 Stars!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Richard Withington
Date Added: Tuesday 23 June, 2015
4 of 5 Stars!
Small and slim (unlike most hi-res players which are often quite chunky), making it very portable and ideal for everyday use. Good quality, finish and the sound (at least to my ears) is very good for a player at this price range. Screen resolution is...Read moren't great, especially compared to my iPhone screen, but is good enough. Only quibble is the software, which although easy to use and navigate is a bit sluggish when flicking through lists etc. There is also no search option or quick navigation which is a bit of a pain if your alum / artist / song happens to be at the end of the list (e.g. Z). Perhaps these will be addressed / added in software updates. Have been able to use a 128GB microSD card without any problems, despite A&K claiming 64GB max so you get get up to 192GB storage. (Marks: 4/5)
4 of 5 Stars!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Press Reviews

What Hi-Fi? (5)
What Hi-Fi?
Date Added: Tuesday 08 September, 2015
"An audio treat. Just add headphones for ultimate portable pleasure. Pointy corners aside, itís a very difficult machine to find fault with."
c|net
c|net
Date Added: Tuesday 14 July, 2015
'... definitely worth considering if you've already invested in a set of high-end headphones.'

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