Dave Berriman never did he was a straight up guy - if it was good he said so if it was bad he said it wasn't his cup or tea and explained why .. as for Absolute Sounds I remember many years ago when Ricardo was a punter who used to frequent Guildford HiFi with various products he had imported to get Bob Eubanks opinion. Ricardo struck gold when he got the agency to supply Oracle Turntables (1979 ish), QLN Loudspeakers, and then Audio Research, Krell, Martin Logan,Wilson, etc. etc. I could be wrong but Ricardo didn't need the money he was already well off but it was a hobby for him too like us i.e. Ricardo is a hifi enthusiast first but he had the dosh to take it further.
I would trust David Berriman because I think he hears things the same way as me (I always agreed with his reviews on listening myself). Same way I used to trust Bob Eubanks at Guildford HiFi all those years ago, if he said it sounded good you could be certain ... yes it sounded good. But we all hear things differently so there is no best .. is there? Just use your ears and buy what you like and remember it is just a means to an end - to be able to listen to music in a way that brings us enjoyment
A change in DAPs for me means that my Astell & Kern AK100ii is now for sale (not to be confused with AK100 mk2)
This is in very good condition. It will come in its original box and packaging, including USB lead and documentation. It even has the dummy SD card to stop dust getting in the card slot. It will also come with the original slip case.
I will also include a genuine A&K black crocodile skin case for this. This alone was around £85, I seem to recall.
This comes from a non smoking user and smoke free home. It has only ever been used in hotels and on planes - never used outside, or when walking, etc.
I've been using this with a 128Gb card with no problems (not included)