Astell & Kern, makers of the infamously expensive AK240, are set to launch a brand new mid-range player. Dubbed the AK Jr, this little brother to the rest of the A&K range is looking pretty good.
The 64GB player is garbed in the signature Astell & Kern Aluminium and, featuring a textured volume scroll knob, the AK Jr very much looks the younger brother to the AK 100 ii and AK120 ii players. It should retain some of the aspects of its brothers, such as DSD playback (albeit converted to PCM) and has an integrated Wolfson DAC that enables USB DAC functionality. No wifi for the Jr, but Bluetooth 4.0 and all the usual suspects when it comes to file types and the baby AK is shaping up to be quite a player.
“What about the price?” I hear you ask. How does £399 sound? It may look and sound like an Astell & Kern, but the small price tag puts it on a level with the likes of the iBasso DX90, the Sony NWZ-Z1 and the HiFiMan HM-802. Undoubtedly a smart move by Astell & Kern, this new addition to the A&K family is sure to have many an audiophile excited.
The AK Jr is due to be officially launched at High End Munich 14-17 May.
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Astell & Kern @ AMP3
The new FX Sport VRX Wireless Smart Sports Headphones have now hit the virtual shelves at AMP3.
FX Sports VRX Smart Sports Headphones – £129.00
The new and improved VRX Wireless Sports Headphones feature a built-in 8GB waterproof MP3 Player and are perfect for those with an active lifestyle.
The VRX headphones are lightweight and comfortable, are sweat/rainproof and offer full waterproof usage with a silicon skin case (sold separately) meaning you can even take your headphones swimming.
The most intriguing feature of the VRX Smart Sports Headphones however, is that users can create and upload workouts and training sessions. Pre-prepared workouts are available from the free FX-Sport Workout Store – weight training, circuit training, marathon programmes, swimming sessions – the VRX can run you through all these exercises and more with professionally constructed training sessions.
The VRX Headphones are also available in Red
Not only this, but you can also upload the voices and workouts from real world-class personal trainers and coaches, offering a ‘one-to-one’ experience. Now there’s no excuse for missing your workout.
The VRX Smart Sports Headphones are available at AMP3 for £129.00:
FX Sport VRX Wireless Sports Headphones