Astell & Kern AK70 Review – A Music Player Built for Audiophiles



Even though it might be tough to be a dedicated music player in the year 2016, as there are already multi-featured devices out on the market, and some of which can even receive and make calls (among many other features), but then again, the Astell & Kern AK70 is a device that would want to change how people think about such a device. The problem with many audio players of late is that they cram too many features into them that they forget one aspect wherein many audiophiles are truly gunning for – the sound quality. As such, the Korean manufacturer created this dedicated music player and allows audiophiles to listed to the highest-quality music files that they can enjoy.

Astell & Kern AK70 Review - A Music Player Built for Audiophiles

The Astell & Kern AK70 is Clearly Marketed Towards Audiophiles

For the design of the Astell & Kern AK70, you will find that the overall look of the unit will allow you to stick with it instead of listening to your favorite tracks on your smartphone. On the right side of the device, you will see a nicely large volume knob, while on the opposite side are three buttons. Two of these three buttons are used for skipping tracks, and the other one is used for playing and pausing.

The left side of the AK70 houses the microSD card slot, in which users would be able to enjoy music of up to 200GB storage. Furthermore, if you don’t want to use a microSD card right off the bat, you can make use of the device’s internal storage, which is a very decent offering of 64GB.

In order to get the most out of what this dedicated music player can offer, you would definitely have to feed it high-resolution music. Otherwise, if you only feed it ordinary mp3 files, then you would just get average results. Feed it a 24-bit/192kHz track and you will be able to get lost into the music, and practically not care anything else about the world around you. It is able to produce rich, deep sound that will always be a pleasure for your ears, not to mention your well-being as an audiophile.

It should also be noted that the Astell & Kern AK70 also supports aptX Bluetooth, which is a good choice considering there are many who prefer to make use of their wireless headphones. However, if there is one major caveat for the device, it would be that of its Bluetooth connectivity. Using it is flaky and you will find the connection to be break off every once in a while. As such, should you plan on purchasing this, better stick to a wired connection instead.


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