The AK120 by Astell & Kern

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All in all, Astell and Kern did a good job but need to really take a step backward and get off this ultra pricing for their portable players. Then again, so do all the other Hifi Dap makers. iBasso reset the bar and bargain price to performance ratio and I hope everyone else tries to best them somehow. The AK120, even modded is not 8x the clarity of the AK100 or the Ibasso DX50, despite having 8x the price tag. You are paying a huge premium for a marginal upgrade, but still the best you can get in my opinion despite being 25% better than the AK100. That 25% makes a big difference to me and if your wallet can manage it, I’d recommend it. Boasting exceptional build quality, an excellent software experience, a free Dac as well as a portable music player, dual micro sd card slots and a great leather case included, I’ve nothing really to complain about. It’s a great player…it’s the only wisely designed hifi player on the market beyond $1000. Everything else seems oddly…not at all portable despite the claims of the product being portable. Great job, Astell and Kern, but an even better job to Red Wine.


Technical Specifications

Display 2.4inch QVGA (320 x 240) IPS Touchscreen
Supported Audio Formats WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, APE, MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, DSD
Sample rate WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC : 8kHz ~ 192kHz (8/16/24-bits per sample)
Output Level L: 1.5Vrms + R: 1.5Vrms (Condition No Load)
DAC Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DAC (High-End Audio DAC) x2
Decoding Supports up to 24-bit / 192kHz Bit to Bit Decoding
Charging InterfaceMicro USB Type-B
Interface USB 2.0, OPTICAL IN/OUT, Headphone Out
Dimensions 2.33 ”(59.2 mm) [W] x 3.50 ”(89 mm) [H] x 0.57 ”(14.4 mm) [D]
Weight 5 oz (143 g)
Feature Enhancements Firmware upgrades supported


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