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iriver Astell&Kern AK100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance. The sound also gets good opinions. Many are less positive about the headphones and storage.

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price, usability, storage, headphones

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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iRiver Astell and Kern AK100 Review


Sometimes to fight a giant, you have to think small. Just ask iriver. When the South Korea-based audio company created its portable, high-resolution music player, the Astell and Kern AK 100, it had no intention of taking on industry titans like Apple...

Stunning sound quality ; Extensive file versatility ; Premium grade components

Slightly sluggish UI ; Some quirks in function ; Expensive

If premium sound is your guiding priority, and you have the cash, this digital music player may be worth taking a chance on, quirks and all - just don’t expect it to behave like a new iPhone.

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Iriver Astell & Kern AK100


Iriver's Astell & Kern AK100 ($699 direct) is a portable media player with the chops to surpass not just CDs in audio quality, but SACD and DVD-Audio as well—thanks to its support for 24-bit, 192kHz lossless FLAC and uncompressed WAV files. The thing...

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

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.

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iRiver Astell and Kern AK100


Once you start using this, you will never, ever want to listen to your I-Pod again. Even lossy, compressed files encoded in AAC and MP3 sound stunning.