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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

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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Review: Astell&Kern AK KANN – Power to the People

By | June 27th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Astell&Kern AK KANN was sent to us directly from South-Korea right after it launched. The unit is on loan and will be returned this week to AK.

Astell&Kern

Astell & Kern no longer needs an introduction. The iRiver owned company over the last years quickly became one of the top players on the DAP market and with this new KANN and the SP1000, they’re guaranteed to stay on top for another year.

Astell’s AK70 DAP won our 2016 DAP award and my personal favorite player still is the gorgeous AK380.… Read the full article

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First impression: Astell&Kern – A&Ultima SP1000

By | June 24th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Astell&Kern launched a new flagship DAP over a month ago at Munich‘s High End show. In contrary to AK‘s previous top-of-the-line models this one didn’t feature any true innovation however, at first glance it appears that it‘s just a redesigned and upspec‘d AK380. But take a closer look and you‘ll see that AK did not just put a new DAC chip in there, they also reworked their entire user interface and implemented very useful features. I have always been a huge fan of their firmware.… 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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Review: Ryuzoh’s AK70 Kai – The mod mod

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The only introduction I’m going to give Ryuzoh this time is the following: you won’t find a better and more adventurous modder this side of Robert Heinlein’s Stone family. Ryuzoh’s mods have it where it counts. I’ve been told I talk too much and too loudly about his hitherto magnum opus, the balanced Mojo-Kai. I speak less about his AK100 Kai, though that’s a mistake.

I used the word hitherto because what he did to my AK70 — and to another AK70 I demoed —, is nothing short of miraculous.… 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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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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