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HFN Awards – Nathan, Linus, Berkhan and Nano

By | December 26th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this article we’re giving an overview of the 2018 awards of the rest of the writing crew. You can find Lieven’s selection right here

Nathan’s Awards: Page 1

Linus’ Awards: Page 2

Berkhan’s Awards: Page 3

Nano’s Awards: Page 4

NATHAN

2018 was full of excitement. And Headfonia got a bunch of new talent, meaning that I didn’t cover as much as I did in previous years. But I got lucky. By and large, I didn’t have to cover crap.… Read the full article

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BLOG: 2018 Awards – Lieven’s Selection

By | December 24th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is an article many of you, well mostly the companies actually, always anxiously wait for. This is the article in which we award the best gear of 2018. First up: My own selection!!

2018 Awards – Year overview

It was another great year that flew by even faster than last year. A year in which we somewhat saw of a comeback of desktop / full sized gear. That being said though, we’re still living in a world where DAPs and IEMs are the most used.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday – Astell&Kern SP1000M

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

The SP1000M is a new smaller version of the SP1000 from the South Korean Astell&Kern.

Disclaimer: The star of this weeks’ picture Sunday is the SP1000M. This post is a part of our Picture Sunday series and the SP1000M was sent to us for a full review including comparison to its big brother.

Astell&Kern

I’m not going to keep repeating who exactly A&K is, so let’s just copy/paste.

Astell&Kern is a South Korean high end brand for digital audio players (DAPs).… Read the full article

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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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Celebration Giveaway 8: Astell&Kern – Billie Jean

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

We continue our $50k anniversary celebration giveaway with one of my personal universal IEM favorites, the Billie Jean from Astell&Kern!! It could be all yours, just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Winner

We had a lot of interest in the AudioQuest DragonFly giveaway but there can be only one winner, and that is: Felipe from Brasil! Congratulations. You’ll be contacted very soon, please get in touch.

Number 8

As promised and explained earlier, we’ll be doing a year long of weekly giveaways and last September was the start of our 52-week celebration.… Read the full article

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Review: Astell&Kern SR15 – Pocket Pleasure

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

The A&norma SR15 is Astell&Kern’s latest entry level DAP and the spiritual successor of the AK70 MK2. Today we’ll find out how it performs.

Disclaimer: Astell&Kern provided the SR15 for this review at no cost. It is a loaner and will be returned to Astell&Kern. AK is not a site advertiser and in no way affiliated with Headfonia. Many thanks for the opportunity to review the SR15.

About Astell&Kern:

Astell&Kern is a South Korean high end brand for digital audio players (DAPs).… Read the full article

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The talking heads of RMAF 2018: Katie Springer

By | October 7th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Astell&Kern is not only about to introduce a new portable audio player in the SP1000M but is in the process of reworking the firmware on many of their existing models to add a pseudo-app store that allows users to optionally add streaming services such as Spotify, Soundcloud and Pandora to their player. Along for the ride come native interfaces – including Tidal – and offline support.

Also coming to Astell&Kern players in the next few weeks is MQA support. It is not restricted to locally-stored files (on a microSD card) but adds Tidal streaming and Tidal offline mode to the deal.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday – Astell&Kern SR15

By | September 29th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

Astell&Kern is the driving force in the high end DAP market. Their products are considered some of the very best. The recently launched SR15 is their new entry model. A first glance at it now, on Headfonia!

Disclaimer: This post is part of our Picture Sunday series, you can find all of the previous ones here.

I have been a long-time fan of Astell&Kern DAPs. My first one was the AK120ii, which I still think is one of the finest looking and great sounding products of theirs.… Read the full article

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Astell&Kern’s SP-1000M is a DAP for mainstreamers

By | September 9th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Astell&Kern. A&Ultima. SP1000M – smaller, lighter (at 203g) flagship DAP with 4.1″ screen, 3.5mm single-ended / 2.5mm balanced headphone outputs, USB-C DAC functionality and aptX HD Bluetooth support. Battery life is rated at 10 hours.

Inside a Lapis Blue aluminium body, an Octa-core CPU attends to the SP-1000M’s GUI fluidity and file playback; CD rips and downloads stored on its 128Gb internal memory or a microSD card (max 512Gb) inserted into its side. Two AK4497EQ DAC chips, one per channel, clocked by VXCO, give us PCM playback up to 32bit/384kHz and native Quad-rate DSD.… Read the full article

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Review: Astell&Kern Billie Jean – The One

By | August 13th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Billie Jean by Astell&Kern was sent to me free of charge for this review. It does not have to be returned. Astell&Kern is not affiliated with Headfonia and not a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity!

About Astell&Kern:

Astell&Kern is a South Korean high end brand for digital audio players (DAPs). Astell&Kern is a branch of Korea’s iRiver, which actually is the first company to ever build a portable audio player. Astell&Kern was launched with the mission to offer the absolute best where money is no object.… Read the full article

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