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Astell & Kern AK120

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Astell & Kern AK120. 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. Reviews about the headphones and design are overall positive. The performance and usability also get good reviews. Many are negative about the price. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Astell & Kern AK120 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Astell & Kern AK120

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Astell & Kern AK120 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The performance and sound also get good feedback. Many are critical about the battery, and comments about the reliability and usability are different.

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91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Astell&Kern AK120 - MP3/MP4 players (MP3, Black, 3.5mm, LED, Lithium Polymer (LiPo), 320 x 240 pixels)Astell&Kern AK120 - MP3/MP4 players (MP3, Black, 3.5mm, LED, Lithium Polymer (LiPo), 320 x 240 pixels)

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Astell & Kern AK120

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 user reviews of Astell & Kern AK120 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com. Comments about the headphones and design are overall positive. The performance and sound are also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the durability. Some have doubts about the reliability and price.

usability, sound, performance, design, headphones

price, reliability

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Astell&Kern AK120 Dual-DAC Mastering Quality Sound Portable SystemAstell&Kern AK120 Dual-DAC Mastering Quality Sound Portable System

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Astell & Kern AK120

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Astell & Kern AK120 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Astell & Kern AK120 Dual-DAC Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) Portable SystemAstell & Kern AK120 Dual-DAC Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) Portable System

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (headfonics.com)

The AK120 by Astell & Kern

 

I feel like there is an epidemic looming over the heads of most Hi-Fi audio music player designers. Most just can't seem to get it right and so few end up with a solid performer, yet something actually portable. You know...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Steven Stone (hometheaterreview.com)

Astell & Kern AK120 Portable Music Player Reviewed

 

If an iPod just doesn't cut it for you in terms of sound quality, you may be interested in the Astell & Kern AK120 portable music player. Steven Stone tests out the player to see how its high resolution performance measures up.

The AK120 delivers class-leading sound quality ; The player offers support for full-resolution 44.1, as well as 88.1, 96, 176.2, and 192 kHz files. It's also the first portable player to support DSD 64x ; The AK120 is compatible with a wide variety of...

The AK120 does not come with any software for the Mac, but the Mac OS is supported for basic drag-and-drop functions ; The AK120 lacks a mute button ; The micro SD card door does not click open the way that the door on the AK100 does. It is a friction...

Obviously, not everyone needs the ultimate in sonic performance and high resolution in a portable music player. However, if you want to be able to take full-resolution and uncompressed high-resolution music wherever you go, the AK120 delivers. While...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Rik Henderson (pocket-lint.com)

Astell&Kern AK120 portable Hi-Fi system: Hands-on with the £1,100 iRiver music player - Pocket-lint

 

Not a name particularly known outside of the serious Hi-Fi and audiophile industries, Astell&Kern is about to start to make inroads into the UK with its

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: (t3.com)

Astell & Kern AK120 II review

 

The Astell & Kern AK120 II puts high resolution audio in your pocket

HRA file compatibility ; Responsive touchscreen control ; Superb build quality

Wildly expensive ; Down-converts DSD to PCM ; Headphones not included

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in speaker(s):N / Y
Built-in speakers:No / Yes
Equalizer: Yes
Impedance:3
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):113
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):0.0008

Camera

Built-in camera: No
Second camera: No

Design

Color of product:Black
Housing material:Aluminium

Display

Display:LED
Display Diagonal:2.4
Display Resolution:320 x 240
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Energy Management

Battery performance:2350
Battery recharge time:6.5
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Battery voltage:3.7
Continuous audio playback time:14
Rechargeable: Yes
USB charging: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AIFF, APE, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA

Headphones

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm

Other Features

Audio D/A Converter (DAC):Wolfson WM8740

Packaging Content

Headphones: No
Headphones included:N

Performance

Clock function: Yes
Firmware upgradeable: Yes
Type:MP3

Ports & interfaces

Interface:3.5mm / USB 2.0
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
USB connector type:Micro-USB B

Power

Battery Capacity:2350
Battery recharge time:6.5
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Battery voltage:3.7
Continuous audio playback time:14
Rechargeable:Y
USB charging:Y

Radio

FM radio: No
Supported bands: No
Supported radio bands:Not supported

Record Modes

Voice recording: No

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Maximum memory card size:64
Player media type:Flash-media
Total Storage Capacity:64

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Technical Details

USB connectivity: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.567
Height:3.5
Weight:5.01 / 5.04
Width:2.33