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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

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

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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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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Vancouver Audio Festival 2018: Shelter from the storm on Opening Night

By | April 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hi-fi-Centre-Friday-FEATURED

McIntosh Labs and YG Acoustics.

First the rain came straight down. Then the rain came sideways. Then it seemed to be coming up at me from the ground as I ran from a coffee shop to make my way to Hi-Fi Centre for the opening of the Vancouver Audio Festival late Friday afternoon. I was reminded of a scene in Forrest Gump where he describes similar rain experiences in Vietnam during his time in the war, and I was silently thankful to be taking shelter from the storm in warm, and cozy environs with like-minded audiophiles.… Read the full article

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