Jamie Lendino of PC Magazine thinks that Iriver missed the boat on this new portable media player. While others seem to feel that no mixing and mastering engineer worth his/her salt should be without one. What do you think?
“Iriver’s Astell & Kern AK100 ($699 direct) is a portable media player with the chops to surpass not just CDs in audio quality, but SACD and DVD-Audio as well—thanks to its support for 24-bit, 192kHz lossless FLAC and uncompressed WAV files. The thing is, while no one denies the incredible sound of lossless audio, the leap to 24-bits and 192kHz is much less convincing, particularly when it comes to the final, mastered result….”
The perfect media player is an important part of any music producer’s arsenal of tools. What is your favorite media player? Please leave your comments below.
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