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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