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Astell & Kern AK380 Music Player Review Specs

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Warrior24_7's picture

"Can you download music in a 32-bit format? No"

"Swiping down from the top of the screen reveals various controls, including a volume slider, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, your choice of parametric or graphic EQ, DAC, and other control icons. Tap the nut icon to access the full settings menu. While a learning curve is to be expected with a product this complex, the settings menu should have been accessible from the home screen."

Pretty standard stuff there, just written in a way to make it sound special. But you know what they say about a fool and his money...

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Astell & Kern AK380 Music Player Review Page 2

COMMENTS
Warrior24_7's picture

"Can you download music in a 32-bit format? No"

"Swiping down from the top of the screen reveals various controls, including a volume slider, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, your choice of parametric or graphic EQ, DAC, and other control icons. Tap the nut icon to access the full settings menu. While a learning curve is to be expected with a product this complex, the settings menu should have been accessible from the home screen."

Pretty standard stuff there, just written in a way to make it sound special. But you know what they say about a fool and his money...

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Astell & Kern AK380 Music Player Review

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $3,499

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Compatible with DSD and 32-bit PCM
Streams to and from other devices
Extraordinary build quality
Minus
Breathtakingly high priced
32-bit capability is irrelevant to non-professionals

THE VERDICT
Astell & Kern’s AK380 offers copious network audio features and the unique plus of native 32-bit playback—but is it worth the high price to consumers?

Shock lead of the year: Astell & Kern’s AK380 music player retails for $3,499. That’s an awful lot to pay for a pocketful of music. But it seems unjust to start a review of such a product by carping over its price before evaluating its merits. After all, not many people muster moral outrage over the price tags on Porsches, Patek Philippe watches, or 99-point offerings in Wine Spectator. Why should high-end audio units—including the Pono, a comparative bargain at $400— be the only perfectionist products to face puritan scorn? No, as a consumer, I wouldn’t pay $3,499 for a music player. But as a critic, I’m willing to consider cost-noobject items on their own terms.

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Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.com

Q I have a Denon A/V receiver hooked up to a 5.1-channel speaker system. The setup works fine for movies, but every now and then I want to listen to good ol’ stereo recordings ( I have a modest collection of CDs stored as Apple lossless audio files).  I am tempted to purchase a high-end integrated amp for just this purpose. Which gets me to my question: Can I hook both my receiver and the integrated amp to my front L/R speakers? —Nick Gruin

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