Product Comparison: Astell&Kern AK70 vs Onkyo DP-X1A

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General Specifications
About the Product
The Misty mint Astell&Kern AK70 MKII Portable High-Resolution Audio Player and USB DAC uses dual Cirrus Logic CS4398 chips and supports 24-bit/192 kHz bit-to-bit type playback. The 64GB of on-board storage can be expanded with a microSDXC card (up to 256GB).
High quality mobile audio should not be outrageously expensive or difficult to use. While there are now many DAPs around to choose from, the DP-X1A delivers the best balance of immersive high-fidelity reproduction and everyday practicality. Lightweight, compact, and ruggedly made, the DP-X1A brings joy to your life with an adaptable and future-focused feature set that makes routine daily activities something to look forward to.
Key Specs
64 GB
64 GB
Integrated Speaker(s)
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Astell&Kern AK70 64GB (Hi-Res support, microSD support, Misty mint)
  • I have to give a note of appreciation to A&K in that they use varying font sizes to display titles depending on the length of the title. This maximizes the information that is displayed.
  • The resolution is actually very nice also! I'm very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the display and the fluid and simple user interface
  • The touch screen is bright and easy to use and the interface is similar to my smartphone.
  • The information displayed is mostly information about the music file itself and not about the musical content. I want more of the musical content information.
  • I find the touch screen hard to use and am not comfortable with the user interface (I don't use anything else with a touch screen) after using the unit 4 hours a day for 15 days.
Onkyo DP-X1A Hi-Res Digital Audio Player
  • Good display - with functions for both touch screen and hardware buttons available.
  • Easy to bump the volume knob, which displays a volume curve over the album art.
  • 64Gb of memory. I thought they were 32Gb, but mine was 64Gb. Nice surprise.
  • Plays music at a perfect balance, and having two memory card slots means I can fit all the music I want on it.
  • It could play from the internal memory or the SD1 or the SD2 but not more than one.
Size & Weight
Misty mint
5.2 in.
5.1 in.
3.8 in.
2.3 in.
2 in.
0.5 in.
10.6 oz.
7.2 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Onkyo DP-X1A Hi-Res Digital Audio Player
  • The unit is larger than my samsung phone, who is fine when using in the winter with large coat pockets, but may he an issue in the summer.
  • The volume is also quickly accessible when in your pocket but might be an issue for tight pockets that can brush against the wheel.
  • If I place it in my front pocket the sound immediately starts to break up.
Supported Audio Formats
AAC, MP3, HE-AAC, AIFF, WAV, H.264, mp4, mov, Linear PCM, JPEG, WMA, APE, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, DSD, PCM, Lossy Files
Memory Card Slot
3.5mm Jack
3.5mm Jack
4.7" LCD
Voice Recorder
Video Playback
Bluetooth Enabled
2 x Cirrus Logic CS4398
Android 5.1
What customers say about "Features"
Astell&Kern AK70 64GB (Hi-Res support, microSD support, Misty mint)
  • I have ripped all my CDs to FLAC format years ago and put the physical copies away. The AK70 plays any digital file format out there, including Apple Lossless, FLAC and Wave.
  • The player has 64gb of internal memory and a slot for a microsd card. I added a 128gb microsd card and the player had no issues recognizing it.
  • I was able to play music directly from the nas drive and even copy songs over wifi to the player's internal memory.
  • For some reason the AK70 during playback keeps showing a file format/bit rate that does not match my actual audio files (FLAC).
  • Poor quality bluetooth.It has no range even when it's right in front of you.Plus in bt mode you lose half volume.
Onkyo DP-X1A Hi-Res Digital Audio Player
  • Plays all formats, can support a large library using the appropriate sized SD cards and most importantly it sounds phenomenal.
  • The biggest plus though is the ability to break the Pono 12GB storage limit. With 512 GB limit I don't have to swap out memory cards anymore.
  • Plays music at a perfect balance, and having two memory card slots means I can fit all the music I want on it.
  • Bluetooth support is awesome.
  • Setting an external memory card into the play-able music libraries a little fussy at first, but works well after that.
Included With Unit
USB cable
USB cable
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
Battery Life
16 hours
What customers say about "Power"
Astell&Kern AK70 64GB (Hi-Res support, microSD support, Misty mint)
  • The battery life is great. Just keep the screen off.
  • I just hope the battery is as good as everything else. Only time will tell.
  • Battery drains fast, I didn't drain it fully but I think it's good for 4 hours, depending on the bit rate and how loud you're going to push it.
  • Battery life is not fantastic, but not a deal breaker.
  • I give it 4 stars because just because of the battery life.
Onkyo DP-X1A Hi-Res Digital Audio Player
  • Battery life is good, even better on Battery Saver mode.
  • For the size and weight of the device the battery could last a bit longer, but 8 hours still not that bad.
  • Battery life is a bit lacking, compared to other units. I owe this to android, as well as the lack of a deep sleep (the Fiio X5 does this well, wish this was done here).
  • Oh BTW, battery life is pretty atrocious. You can probably get 5-6 hours if you are using WiFi and/or apps while you listen. Do not expect this to have battery performance like a cell phone or iPad-type device.
  • Love this great value. Battery life could be better but still a great product.

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