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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

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 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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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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Picture Sunday: A&Ultima SP1000

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

This week’s picture Sunday features the new A&Ultima SP1000 DAP. To check out recent Picture Sunday Posts click HERE.

The A&Ultima SP1000 is the newest Astell&Kern Digital Audio Player. The A&K 380 series was called “the evolution of a masterpiece” so AK’s marketing division decided to make the switch to A&Ultima for the AK380’s successor. The most important to keep in mind is that the new SP1000 will replace the AK380 as their flagship, the AK380 itself will be phased out.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: Astell&Kern KANN

By | May 14th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This week’s picture Sunday features the new Astell&Kern KANN DAP. To check out recent Picture Sunday Posts click HERE.

I received the KANN a week or two ago and before it arrived I was a bit confused if I would like it or not. I’m a big fan of AK’s designs but not a lot of positive has been said online about Astell’s latest design. When I first unpacked I have to admit that I found it rather huge and heavy but at the same time I found its looks quite OK, especially as it has AK’s perfect finishing touch. … 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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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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