Astell & Kern AK70

“With its previous players Astell & Kern firmly established itself as a purveyor of the finest (and most expensive) portable players available… But with the AK70, A&K has a player that offers more usable features and flexibility at an affordable price than any of its previous offerings. With the ability to handle a wide range of earphones thanks to its balanced and single-ended connections, …this player delivers more value and bang-for-the-buck than most of the current crop of players priced between $500 and $700.”
— The Absolute Sound