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Review: Astell&Kern SE100 – Smooth Operator

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The SE100 is one of Astell&Kern’s higher end players from their A&Futura product line.

Disclaimer: The SE100  was sent to us free of charge by Astell&Kern directly in exchange for this review. The SE100 unit is being returned next week to AK. All AK samples are loaners.

Astell&Kern

The South-Korean Astell&Kern by iRiver does no longer need an introduction anymore as they quickly have become one of the world’s most famous DAP makers. It’s a given fact that they aren’t the cheapest – though a lot of brands charge these prices right now – but you can’t deny the sublime design and top quality sound their unites have.… Read the full article

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Review: Astell&Kern Acro L1000 – Listed!

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Astell & Kern Acro L1000 was sent to us by Astell&Kern directly. This unit will be returned to AK after this review. Astell&Kern is not in any way related to Headfonia.

Astell & Kern

The South-Korean Astell & Kern is an iRiver owned company and it no longer needs an introduction as they are well known already in the personal audio world because of their series of high end portable players.

I admit I’ve been a big fan of their Digital Audio Players for years already now and an as a result we have reviewed quite a few of them:

AK100: https://www.headfonia.com/the-player-astell-kern-ak100/

AK120ii & AK240: https://www.headfonia.com/astelkern-ak120ii-ak240-reference-daps/

AK Jr: https://www.headfonia.com/astell-kern-ak-jr-who-you-calling-junior/

AK380: https://www.headfonia.com/review-astell-kern-ak380-momentary/

AK KANN: https://www.headfonia.com/review-astell-kern-ak-kann-power-to-the-people/

AK SP1000: https://www.headfonia.com/review-astell-kern-sp1000-impressive/

AK70II: https://www.headfonia.com/review-astellkern-ak70ii/

This time Astell&Kern is back with something different: a desktop sized AMP/DAC unit that not only drives all headphones, but speakers as well.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday – Astell&Kern SE100

By | July 28th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The star of this weeks’ picture Sunday is the SE100 portable player from Astell & Kern. This post is a part of our Picture Sunday series.

The Astell&Kern SE100 ‘s actual name really is the A&Futura SE100 and you can find the product page right here: https://www.astellnkern.com/SE100.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Astell&Kern design and tuning and my personal favorite DAPs are the AK70II and the SP1000. The SE100 now is positioned above the AK70II, which is now replaced by the SR15, and the TOTL SP1000.… Read the full article

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Astell & Kern Refreshes The Product Lines With A&norma and A&futura – SR15 & SE100

By | May 10th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Never one to let a product cycle get too long in the tooth, Astell and Kern announced today the beginnings of two new product lines to accompany the A&ultima (SP1000, $3.5k) portable digital player in a three tier, more concise organization of high fidelity products. Following a A&*** format and launching with a new player each, the A&norma SR15 will be priced at $699 with the mid tier A&futura landing at $1,699.

If you take a closer look at the norma above, you might notice that the screen appears to rest at an angle offset from the sides of the player.… Read the full article

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Astell&Kern, JH Audio ready Billie Jean IEM

By | April 24th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Debuting at the Fujiya Avic headphone festival in Tokyo this weekend is a new A&K-branded IEM from Jerry Harvey.

The Billie Jean continues the songs-about-women theme laid down by the Siren series – Rosie (reviewed here), Angie, Roxanne and Layla – to put a pair of balanced armature drivers inside an earpiece that’s reportedly 32% smaller than the 3-way Michelle Limited – see photos below.

Jerry Harvey explains more in this video:

A&K/JH’s Billie Jean is manufactured by Astell&Kern in South Korea and will begin shipping in May with an RRP of US$349, continuing the trend of high-end IEM manufacturers now catering to those on more limited budgets.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday – Astell & Kern ACRO L1000

By | March 4th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The star of this weeks’ picture Sunday is the Astell&Kern ACRO L1000. This post is a part of our Picture Sunday series.

Astell&Kern

Astell&Kern doesn’t really need an intro anymore on Headfonia. We’ve covered many of their DAPs over the years and we’ve got a couple more reviews coming up.

Of course Astell&Kern is mostly known on here for their portable players but they in fact have several other non portable units in their product line-up. One of the most recent ones is this ACRO L1000 desktop DAC/AMP combination and boy am I in love.… Read the full article

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Review: Astell&Kern AK70ii – One up.

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The AK70ii was sent to us free of charge by Astell&Kern directly in exchange for this review. The AK units are long term samples and just like the AK70 it will be returned to AK.

Astell&Kern

The South-Korean Astell&Kern does no longer need an introduction anymore as they quickly have become one of the world’s most famous DAP makers. Sure you might not like their marketing campaigns or price setting but you can’t deny the sublime design and top quality sound their unites have.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: Fall 2017 magazine B-Frames

By | December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The stars of this weeks’ picture Sunday are a few B-Frame shots from a recent magazine shoot I did, like the Michelle in the main picture. This post is a part of our Picture Sunday series.

It was a grueling two weeks that should have been over in a few days. Last Friday, having uploaded around a hundred hasty studio snaps of newly de-dusted headphones and amps, I finished. The ra-ra excitement for me was less than it should be, and considering that I had hands on a great range of stuff for hours on end, pitifully so.… Read the full article

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Watch it Wednesday: The Astell&Kern AK70II

By | November 15th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Astell&Kern AK70II was sent to Nathan for a photoshoot. He only had a few hours with it and didn’t even get to listen to the it. Sucks to be him.

This week you get a first look at the brand new Astell & Kern AK70II DAP.

The original AK70 was released back in June 2016 and it’s one of our favourite DAPS. We’ve looked at it on several occasions but if you couldn’t care less, the video is at the bottom of this article.… Read the full article

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Review: Astell&Kern SP1000 – Impressive

By | September 28th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The sample of the Astell&Kern SP1000 DAP was sent to us free of charge for this review on a long term loan. After the review the good old AK380 will be returned to South-Korea. AK is not in any way related to Headfonia.

Astell & Kern

The South-Korean Astell&Kern does no longer need an introduction anymore as they have quickly have become one of the world’s most famous DAP makers. Sure you might not like their marketing campaigns or price setting but you can’t deny the sublime design and top quality sound their unites have.… Read the full article

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