AT A GLANCE
A&K’s most affordable player
Same Wolfson DAC as in classic models
Flatter form factor
DSD converted to PCM
Less than intuitive GUI
The Astell & Kern AK Jr is the least expensive music player from the company that has defined the state of the art in pocketable audio.
Visit the Apple Website and scan the banner across the top: Mac, iPad, iPhone, Watch, TV, Music, Support. Where’s the iPod? You’ll have to hit Music and scroll down a bit for the link to the iPod page. There you’ll find the surviving touch, nano, and shuffle players, but no high-capacity hard-drive-based models or even the iconic click wheel. Apple (and to be fair, Apple isn’t alone) recognizes that most people now use phones for onthe-go listening.