Review : Astell & Kern AK70

Posted on 09 August 2017

Astell & Kern AK70 review by Lieven on Headfonia : 

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Conclusion :
The AK70 is available for around $599/€649 and it is one of my all-time favorite DAPs for on the go. It’s small, pocketable, handles well, has a great UI and looks pretty. On top of that you get a very engaging smooth laid back sound signature combined with a good level of detail and clarity. The AK70s performance for its price is very correct.
Its sound is more fun and musical than it is detailed and analytical yet using the line- or USB out to another DAC and/or amp can easily change the sound signature. The AK70 doesn’t come close to the performance of its bigger brothers but it just does a whole lot of things right and there’s still room for improvement with a simple firmware update. Bluetooth is getting better and more popular each day and with the aptX on the AK70 you can be assured of good quality wireless sound.

Personally I fully recommend the AK70 in this price class but we all know Astell&Kern/iRiver likes releasing new DAPS, so a new one might be just around the corner. I wouldn’t wait though, just order the mini AK70 and enjoy your music. It’s that easy.

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