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Astell & Kern AK240 Limited Edition Dual DAC Digital Audio Player $1499 + free shipping

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Last Edited by jersharocks August 2, 2016 at 11:41 AM
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pretty sexy price for this unit
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In for 2
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glad to see free shipping on such a low priced deal...
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can't wait for someone to chime in and try to justify this deal.
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not color screen ?
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Not boxy enough for my cubed tastes.
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can't wait for someone to chime in and try to justify this deal.
Aw heck, I'll bite. It's a high quality balanced DAC that is also portable at 40% off. Just because it's expensive doesn't mean it isn't a deal. Yes, there are other products that can do a similar function. It's the same for cars and many other items in life; a Porsche 911 will get you from point A to B, but a Honda will suffice, but 40% off a new Porsche would be a pretty sweet deal. Hey, worst case, buy it and sell it to all of those other audiophiles at 33% of list and make a profit!
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No HDMI kills it for me.
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No HDMI kills it for me.
Same.
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Aw heck, I'll bite. It's a high quality balanced DAC that is also portable at 40% off. Just because it's expensive doesn't mean it isn't a deal. Yes, there are other products that can do a similar function. It's the same for cars and many other items in life; a Porsche 911 will get you from point A to B, but a Honda will suffice, but 40% off a new Porsche would be a pretty sweet deal. Hey, worst case, buy it and sell it to all of those other audiophiles at 33% of list and make a profit!
Yes but with cars, cloth and most things that demand additional cost there is true value. You pay 4 times for a Porsche than you would a Honda and you get at least three times the car. You are paying ten times an android based player here how much better is this really. Also I'm not buying the argument that audiophiles can really hear that much difference, there is a limit to ask your senses. Also where are you getting music files that are so flawless that it would even better. But i digress, I'm rambling and anyone who chooses to waste their money on this don't care.

One last thing I'm not as mad about someone buying this as i am at the pricks who are selling it and think they can price it at such a high price. The components cost peanuts and the freaking os is free ... Sorry couldn't stop
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Yes but with cars, cloth and most things that demand additional cost there is true value. You pay 4 times for a Porsche than you would a Honda and you get at least three times the car. You are paying ten times an android based player here how much better is this really. Also I'm not buying the argument that audiophiles can really hear that much difference, there is a limit to ask your senses. Also where are you getting music files that are so flawless that it would even better. But i digress, I'm rambling and anyone who chooses to waste their money on this don't care.

One last thing I'm not as mad about someone buying this as i am at the pricks who are selling it and think they can price it at such a high price. The components cost peanuts and the freaking os is free ... Sorry couldn't stop
You make some fair points. As you climb the curb for absolute "quality" it's always a case of diminishing returns and this product is well up that curve. It's tricky though with something like "value.". Value implies a certain level of "quality" at a price relative to what an individual values. And first off, quality is very subjective to start with. A honda accord V6 $(23,190) can do 0-60 in 5.6 sec (per Car and Driver) and a base 911 PDK ($90,450) in 3.4 seconds (again per C&D web site, although that sounds pretty low to me). Very few people take advantage of that difference and of course there are many other dimensions in which to measure the "quality" of a product. Have you ever tried to sit in the back seats of a 911? An Accord is way more comfortable. The "value" comes in only if the qualities of a particular item align with someones personal value system. If you don't value 0-60, styling, handling, history, etc. of a 911, it's not a value to you at most any price and may be even less of a value (e.g. insurance, gas, comfort taking 5 people around, etc.).

I don't think you can unilaterally say that audiophiles don't hear a difference. Fair enough if you don't hear a difference and then don't want to pay for a non-existent difference, but you're going to have a hard time telling someone else that they can't and therefore they shouldn't.

Personally, I've been putting together a very nice desktop setup and I listen to a lot of hi-res flac files from HD Tracks, mostly 96-24 bit or better and have been looking at a decent portable setup (I have an Astell & Kern Jr. that I bought as an open box). Not everyone will do that and yeah, if you listen to low bit rate MP3s, this is a total waste and even if you do listen to hi-rez audio files, it is definitely diminishing returns. I agree it's priced very high to begin with which really sucks, but I admit I flirted with the idea of buying this, but it's still not worth it to me either, but for some, this might be a deal.

Sorry, I'm rambling too, but the interwebs let ya do that.


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