Now this is no Sony Walkman. Crafted from a single block of aluminium, which is anodized five times to give it that dark color, the sharp angles of the AK380’s design have no join lines.
It’s also a weighty lump, and super tough thanks to the single piece frame and carbon-fiber rear panel, but then this show-off showcase from the audio company is hardly going to be lobbed in a back pocket for a jog around the block (or your private mansion). The £3,300 ($3,500 U.S.) price tag sees to that.
But this is one high-end and high-resolution audio player. Capable of handling 32-bit/384kHz playback from whichever file format you care to mention, if high-res is your thing, then A&K has you well and truly covered. Optional accessories include the PEM13 cradle with XLR output so you can wire up best-of-best speakers if you want — so think of it as a full music streamer for the home if that better suits.
Read more of this internationally flavoured, er, flavored AK380 review here on Pocket-lint.