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64GB Astell & Kern AK100 II Music Player (WiFi/BT 4.0) EXPIRED

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Adorama.com has 64GB Astell & Kern AK100 II Music Player (WiFi/BT 4.0, 3AK2007C-CMLAN1) for $299.99. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

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  • 3.31" 480x800 WVGA AMOLED Touchscreen
  • Unbalanced & S-PDIF audio output through 3.5mm jack & Balanced audio output through 2.4mm 4-Pole TRRS jack
  • 64GB of internal flash memory & single micro SD card slot
  • Cirrus-Logic CS4398 DAC supports up to 24bit/192kHz digital audio playback (converts to PCM)
  • 10 band adjustable user EQ settings and PRO EQ preset
  • 3150mAH Li-Polymer Battery
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I just refreshed it and it dropped by $50!


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  • The integrated single Cirrus-Logic CS4398 DAC supports up to 24bit/192kHz digital audio playback (converts to PCM)
  • Unbalanced & S-PDIF audio output through 3.5mm jack & Balanced audio output through 2.4mm 4-Pole TRRS jack
  • 64GB of internal flash memory & single micro SD card slot
  • 3.3" 800x480 AMOLED full touchscreen
  • 10 band adjustable user EQ settings and PRO EQ preset
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Yep! Its the black magic smoke of audiofoolery. Even if there WAS a real difference, hearing is like tasting, VERY subjective. So it would be impossible to actually recommend either sounding or tasting better than another as to everyone things sound and taste different and a recommendation from someone else wouldnt mean anything.
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LG v20 seems the better (and cheaper) option, no?
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I have yet hear a dac that makes a difference to me. There are bad ones, but most good ones just work well. Dual or quad or some other special array does nothing to me and heard dcs vivaldi for 4 hrs straight
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How does this compare to the newer AK70 MKⅡ with dual DAC?
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How does this compare to the newer AK70 MKⅡ with dual DAC?

I have yet hear a dac that makes a difference to me. There are bad ones, but most good ones just work well. Dual or quad or some other special array does nothing to me and heard dcs vivaldi for 4 hrs straight
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I have yet hear a dac that makes a difference to me. There are bad ones, but most good ones just work well. Dual or quad or some other special array does nothing to me and heard dcs vivaldi for 4 hrs straight
Thanks. How about the user interface? The review on Adorama said it was okay at best.
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Thanks. How about the user interface? The review on Adorama said it was okay at best.

i have used a lower end model and it had touch screen. i actually found it friendly and nice, nicer than say onkyo dp-x1 but with that u can get different music app


i would say it's good unless u're a power user or picky or used to something specific... i'd say check youtube videos, as there should be several showing the interface
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Would it be a sacrilege to use this with some BT headphones? Haha
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Would it be a sacrilege to use this with some BT headphones? Haha

you could, but you won't reap the main benefits over it
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LG v20 seems the better (and cheaper) option, no?

not at all. very noisy and lots of extraneous crap you dont need in a DAP. also missing balanced connector
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LG v20 seems the better (and cheaper) option, no?
Yeah, I'm wondering this as well. I'm sure the AK is great, but how does it's headphone amp compare to the v20/v30? My Axon 7 has no problem driving my HifiMan 400i, but when I plug the 400i into my wife's iphone 6, they sound like garbage.
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64 GB is a bit low for high quality music, no? Review i was watching the player had 128 GB and then you could add on another 128 GB SD card.......
Very tempting though.


Edit: UI video here. If you speak Cantonese great, if not mute the video, you're not missing much . https://youtu.be/gkLy-Mj66DQ

Edit2: msrp was 1k, so this is a good deal if you're interested in this kinda stuff
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64 GB is a bit low for high quality music, no? Review i was watching the player had 128 GB and then you could add on another 128 GB SD card.......
Very tempting though.


Edit: UI video here. If you speak Cantonese great, if not mute the video, you're not missing much . https://youtu.be/gkLy-Mj66DQ

Edit2: msrp was 1k, so this is a good deal if you're interested in this kinda stuff

if u add 200gb memory card, that's plenty for portable. may not hold more than 50-80dsd but easily good for 1000+ flac
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Did this ever get Tidal support. I've looked up on internet and there doesn't seem to be an answer that they did. The pay showed a convoluted way to get but needed a phone to do.
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I have yet hear a dac that makes a difference to me. There are bad ones, but most good ones just work well. Dual or quad or some other special array does nothing to me and heard dcs vivaldi for 4 hrs straight
Yep! Its the black magic smoke of audiofoolery. Even if there WAS a real difference, hearing is like tasting, VERY subjective. So it would be impossible to actually recommend either sounding or tasting better than another as to everyone things sound and taste different and a recommendation from someone else wouldnt mean anything.
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