"Where the AK380 truly excels is its portrayal of stereo detail and space. Not only does it cast a stereo image that practically wraps around your head, every step outward is accompanied by depth, minute detail, and delicate contrast. It is believable, and reverent."Read the full story: AK380 Review: Sounds like a thousand bucks
"Are the AK players a wonder of technology? Absolutely. Are they well-built and do they look great? Again: absolutely. Do they work like a charm and have a great, if not the best, UI on the market. Oh, definitely. Do they sound great? Best DAPs I have heard so far."Read the full story: AK240 & AK120 II Review: Wonder of Technology
"Jr has a few serious design flaws. But, in my opinion, it is A&K’s best current portable DAP. It is slimmer, lighter, and less arbitrarily designed than either the AK240 or the AK380. And it’s less expensive and has a more straightforward UI than both the AK100ii and AK120ii.Read the full story: Who you calling Junior?
The pudding on the pie is its rocking of Wolfson’s wonderful WM8740 DAC, plugging a niche that’s been empty since 2013.
Which means the following: I love the AK Jr. And I hate that it misses a few things."
"Astell & Kern’s AK380 offers copious network audio features and the unique plus of native 32-bit playback—but is it worth the high price to consumers?"Read the full story: Review: Astell&&Kern AK380 Player
"If you’re willing to pay big bucks for a portable music player, Astell & Kern’s AK240 delivers state-of-the-art sound with the big plus of unfaked DSD decoding."Read the full story: Review: Astell&Kern AK240 Review
"The Astell&Kern AK240 is a revolutionary portable media player. The $2500 price tag is certainly extraordinary, but the superb build, astonishing styling, brilliant user interface, unusual and useful features and functions, and absolutely top-notch sound quality leave me with the impression that the performance delivered warrants the price asked. This is an extraordinary product."Read the full story: The Revolutionary Astell&Kern AK240
"I actually find the least expensive model to be the most palatable for long-term listening. No, it isn't as impressive on first listen. The whole presentation is a little more loose. And yet...it's not bad, not bad at all. I actually think I like it more under certain circumstances, depending on the headphones and music at play. The AK100 II is a little more forgiving, less "in your face" with its treble presentation."Read the full story: A Survey of Digital Audio Players Part 2 Astell&Kern AK100 II and AK120II
"If you’re part of the crowd for whom money is no object, and you want to experience your entire music catalog as though you’d never heard it before, the AK240 might just be your new drug of choice."Read the full story: Unparalleled Mobile Audio Quality
"With a sleek and compact design, plenty of features, and smartphone-crushing sound, Astell & Kern’s AK Jr emerges as the portable hi-res player to beat."Read the full story: Delete your MP3s! You’ll never go back after trying high-res audio on the AK Jr
" The Astell & Kern AK Jr marries classic design with class-leading sound, making it one of the best high-res players for the money."Read the full story: Class-leading high-res player under $500
"While it's not cheap, the AK Jr is blessed with good looks and great sound quality to make it one of the best ways to take your high res audio out and about."Read the full story: Gorgeous Sound
"Product of the Year, Awards 2015. This high-res player isn't cheap, but its build quality and performance make it a formidable, portable pleasure..."Read the full story: An Audio Treat