Astell & Kern AK Jr. Mobile Music Player

WHAT: Small form-factor audio device that brings big quality WHY: A smart choice if you are on the go The Astell&Kern AK Jr ($499) is described as an entry-level audiophile music player, but it ranks among the best for high-resolution portable playback, featuring a large touchscreen and a cell phone–slim profile that will slide easily […]

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 Wireless Portable Speaker

WHAT: A portable Bluetooth speaker that stands out from the rest WHY: Another cutting-edge design from B&O In a saturated mobile Bluetooth speaker market, it takes a forward-thinking company like Bang & Olufsen to make a truly standout product. The B&O BeoPlay A2 ($399) boasts eye-catching styling, sleek, solid build quality, and, most important, a […]

Audeze LCD-4 Headphones

WHAT: Reference-class, planar magnetic headphones  WHY: These truly speak volumes When you think of planar magnetic headphones, one of the first companies that will inevitably come to mind is Audeze. The brand takes a lion’s share of credit for the recent popularity of these headphones, thanks to supreme sonics and iconic designs. The recently released […]

Audeze Deckard Headphone Amplifier and DAC

WHAT: Headphone amp/DAC  WHY: High-performance musicality that will not break the bank Thanks to some assistance from BMW DesignworksUSA, Audeze has managed to make its first headphone amplifier and digital-to-analog converter (DAC) look nearly as good as the company’s iconic headphones. And the Deckard ($699) amp/DAC combo is capable of driving nearly every headphone on […]

Astell & Kern’s T8iE Earbuds

WHAT: Sleek earbuds with unique driver architecture WHY: Tesla-driven sound As one of many of Astell&Kern’s recent collaborations with high-end headphone manufacturers, the recently released T8iE earbuds ($999) are a top-notch approach to portability that has several benefits. The earbuds integrate cutting-edge Tesla technology from Beyerdynamic, using an architecture that is tuned specifically for Astell&Kern […]