In preparation for AK70 week, have a look at the AK70’s RMAA balanced and single-ended test results.
From the AK100 onward, screens facing the world from vanguard and entry-level Astell&Kern players’s have been hit and miss. Washed colours, poor viewing angles, yellow casts plague both the low end Jr and classic originals.
2016’s entry-level Astell&Kern, however, is a different beast. The AK70’s screen is bright, holds wide viewing angles, and doesn’t wash yellow. Sure, it can’t hold a candle to smartphones, but in the audiophile landscape, it holds stands tall. That it comes in a player only marginally larger than the original AK120, and far cheaper, is icing on the cake.
Digital out over USB, DSD to PCM, 2,3 Vrms output, smooth menu scrolling, and AK’s latest operating system are just a few features that make the AK70 a joy to use. Yes, despite its Korean angles, the AK70 is a joy to use. And it performs well. In fact, even demanding listeners should find it a bargain against top-flight players. It is the first AK player that, removed from its entry-level status (within the AK market), is every bit as impressive within the competitive landscape as the AK380.
I got my unit used for about 530$ from e-earphone. And, while I have a few reservations, I recommend it highly. In fact, it is the first unmodded Astell&Kern about which I personally care. As such, I’d like to declare this week the week of the AK70.