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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

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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A New Astell And Kern Flagship – The A&ultima SP1000

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Two new products have swiftly entered the field for digital audio player company Astell & Kern. Of most recent note, a new flagship piece to sit atop the field of other high end players by the name of A&ultima SP1000 ($3,499). The external form factor is slimmed down a just bit from the previous king AK380, but several improvements under the hood make this year’s crop of players even more enticing.

We were invited to a private presentation by AK’s American Lead Owen Kwon where he laid out some of the recent updates to the two new players, including the new mid tier portable called KANN ($1k).… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: AK380 SS & Fiio X5iii

By | March 5th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The star of this week’s Picture Sunday is the Astell & Kern AK380 & Amp SS. Check out other recent Picture Posts Here, and Here.

This picture was taken by a friend of mine in Singapore when he was visiting the Zeppelin & Co personal audio shop. I really think this is a great picture that captures the beauty of the Solid Steel version of the Astell&Kern AK380, docked in its amp on a classic wooden table.

So just to be clear, I do own the AK380 but not this setup and not even an amp to dock my demo version in.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: AK & JH Angie | Irreplaceable

By | February 26th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week’s Picture Sunday features my good old AK & JH Angie. Check out our recent Picture Posts here and here

Well well. Finally I got to show my little babies on Headfonia. Although many developments and new products have been released, and even though I heard better IEM’s in my audio journey, I still can’t drift apart from the Angies.

Lieven stays faithful to his good old HD650, and I stay faithful to my JH Angie. It’s like that.… Read the full article

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BLOG: 2016 Awards Part 2 – Lieven’s Selection

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

Year overview

What to say about 2016… It was an awful year for humanity but a great year for audiophiles with very good (portable) gear. The portable market is still booming and looking at the number of reviews we did of portable gear, this clearly shows. I myself didn’t even review a single desktop sized amplifier and that hasn’t ever happened to me as far as I can remember.

Portable gear simply keeps getting better as new technology more easily finds its way to the portable market.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: Portable Desktop Quality

By | December 18th, 2016|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The stars of this week’s Picture Sunday are the CypherLabs Duet and the Astell&Kern AK380 . Check out other recent Picture Posts Here, and Here.

A lot of people have been asking me lately what DAP they should get and the answer isn’t always as easy. I at home – in the no budget restriction category and depending on the room I am in – very often seem to fall back to the Astell & Kern AK380. Depending on the ear or headphone that I’m testing I use it with or without a portable amplifier but when I do use one it very often is the CypherLabs Duet.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: Tidal on Astell&Kern

By | October 16th, 2016|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The star of this week’s Picture Sunday is TIDAL, the streaming Music service. Check out other recent Picture Posts Here, and Here

TIDAL

TIDAL isn’t new and it has been around for quite a while now. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the music streaming service, here’s some history.

TIDAL is a subscription-based music streaming service that combines lossless audio and high definition music videos with curated editorial. The service has over 25 million tracks and 85,000 music videos. Read the full article

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Review: Astell&Kern AKT8iE mkii – Age of Consent

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: Astell&Kern lent me the sample reviewed in this review. The AKT8iE mkii is a single dynamic driver earphone. It goes for 999$ USD. You can find out all about it here: THE ESSENCE OF TESLA TECHNOLOGY AK T8iE MkⅡ.

An earphone so slim, so light, so ergonomic, and styled so much like a damn mirrorball had every right to expect the screw eye from audiophiles. Instead, praise upon praise was heaped on the original AKT8iE. And for good reason.… Read the full article

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