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iriver Astell&Kern AK100

iriver Astell&Kern AK100
alaScore 88

84 reviews

Feb, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 reviews of iriver Astell&Kern AK100. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the iriver Astell&Kern AK100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for iriver Astell&Kern AK100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of iriver Astell&Kern AK100 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.co.uk.

88% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Astell and Kern AK100 Personal MQS & Ultimate Portable Hi-fi Music Player

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for iriver Astell&Kern AK100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of iriver Astell&Kern AK100 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com.

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Astell&Kern AK100 Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) Portable SystemAstell&Kern AKS01 Cradle and Docking Station for AK100/AK120 DACs (Black)

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

Iriver Astell & Kern AK100

 

Audiophiles with the means should take a close look at the Iriver Astell & Kern AK100, a high-end media player that delivers exceptional sound quality with the right music files, but it comes with plenty of compromises.

Incredible audio quality with the right material.

Extremely expensive. No AAC or Apple Lossless support. Buggy. Mastering-quality files are expensive, take up a lot of storage space, and aren't widely available. No headphones or AC adapter included.

Omissions and Conclusions So the audio quality is excellent, if not necessarily worth $700. But with the AK100, you're also giving up a lot of features that much less expensive players have had for years. There's no camera (front or rear) or...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Clint DeBoer (audioholics.com)

Astell&Kern AK100 32GB Music HD Player Review

 

Today we're reviewing the Astell&Kern AK100 32GB HD Music Player from iriver. If you think your iOS device or Android phone is a high quality music player, think again.

Would you pay more for a higher qualityportable music player? Or are the iPod and similar products enough?That's our question for this video. Let us know by commenting here oron our Facebook page at facebook.com/audioholics. Our officialYoutube channel...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Steven Stone (hometheaterreview.com)

Astell & Kern AK100 Portable Music Player Reviewed

 

An audiophile quality portable music player has been desired by many. Now, that player may have arrived in the Astell & Kern AK100 portable music player. Steven Stone investigates in this review.

The AK-100 delivers superlative sound quality in a small form factor ; The AK-100 has support for full-resolution 44.1, as well as 88.1, 96, 176.2, and 192 kHz files ; The AK-100 is compatible with a wide variety of headphones and in-ear monitors ; The...

The AK100 does not come with any software for the Mac, but the Mac OS is supported for basic drag and drop functions ; The AK100's 20-ohm output impedance could present mismatch issues with some extremely low-impedance, high-sensitivity earphones

Obviously, not everyone needs high-resolution capabilities in a portable music player. But if you do want to be able to take full-resolution uncompressed music wherever you go, the AK100 delivers. While its ergonomics may not be as slick as an Apple...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Mike (headfonia.com)

Astell & Kern AK100

 

Disclaimer: iRiver supplied the demo unit for this review.Everybody is talking about the new Astell & Kern from iRiver. I don't know who came up with the branding...

Positive feelings building, I proceeded to give my friend Sem the Momentum for him to listen to his AK100. His comment was “Good, but still lacking dynamics.” I was pretty surprised, but he was right. Even with a relatively easy to drive Momentum, the...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Richard Melville (t3.com)

Astell & Kern AK100 review

 

The Astell & Kern AK100 is an audiophile-grade personal music player, but is it worth the salty price tag? T3 went in for a closer look

Portability ; Practicality ; Hi-fi bothering sound

Clunky interface ; Awkward touchscreen

If you're used to a great hi-fi at home, you'll always be disappointed by the nagging compromise of lesser quality sounds on the go, even through good headphones. The AK100 initially seems like an expensive solution, but practical at the same time.

May, 2013