Spotfiy is great and all, but more often than not streaming music means you’re only hearing a fraction of the music your favourite artist recorded as you’re listening to extremely compressed music files. The Astell & Kern AK70 can change all that. This machined-aluminium box with the sharp edges, vivid 3.3-inch touchscreen and supersized volume dial, isn’t just pretty to look at. This music player supports 24bit/192kHz audio; in contrast, Tidal – Jay Z’s famously high-fidelity streaming service – only supports 44.1kHz.
As well as being able to plug headphones directly into the player and listen to your music like you would your smartphone (or an iPod Nano or Walkman if you’re old school), it can also connect to your home audio system via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The AK70 supports a range of file types, including MP3, FLAC, WAV and AIFF. If you’re worried your music library requires a lot of space, the AK70 has 64GB internal memory, which you can increase by a further 200GB via microSD.
The AK70 costs £500, which might sound a lot, but similar premium-quality music players often cost £1,000, so this is a very reasonable entry point into the world of high-resolution sound.
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