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Uncompromising high-fidelity music playback at your fingertips: the Astell & Kern AK100 is the pinnacle of modern portable audio playback. Capable of Studio Mastering Quality sound, this portable player offers high-definition lossless music playback well beyond the realms of standard CD quality.
The best portable music player on the market
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With the Astell & Kern AK100 listeners can enjoy music as it was intended to be heard with all it's details and subtleties. Equipped with high-quality Wolfson DAC chip, the AK100offers the highest levels of signal-to-noise ratio and lowest level of harmonic distortion for a highly detailed and realistic sound experience. The Astell & Kern AK100can also be used as an external DAC via the Optical In/Out function.
The Astell & Kern AK100 is capable of playing all lossless music files offering high-definition music playback. Lossless music files are larger than standard music files and require more storage space. Astell & Kern AK100 carries an on-board memory of 32GB with additional dual micro SD card slots, making the internal memory expandable to 96GB.
An intuitive and responsive touch screen interface combined with traditional control buttons makes using the AK100fast and easy. The user interface of the Astell & Kern focuses on quickly searching for and listening to songs. Housed in a robust case of black-anodized aluminium with a hairline finish, the AK100 represents a deep and defined craftsmanship
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The Astell & Kern is the ultimate portable high-fidelity audio system capable of studio mastering quality sound (MQS) playback. Feel the phenomenal realism of Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) high-definition lossless music through 24bit/192kHz sound processing that cannot be heard through a standard CD.
Mastering Quality Sound (MQS)
When music is produced in professional studios it is recorded at Lossless Master Quality Sound (MQS) with 24bit/192kHz sample rate. This is far to large a file for a standard CD or MP3 file. For space saving reasons the music needs to be compressed, which results in massive loss of information in the recording. Lossless files at 24bit/192kHz retain all the data of the original recording.
High-Quality Wolfson DAC
The incorporated Wolfson WM8740 digital-to-analogue converter chip is the world's best performing high resolution DAC chip. It delivers extremely low signal to noise ratios as well as extremely low levels of harmonic distortion. Astell & Kern AK100 can also be used as an external DAC via the Optical In/Out function.
To playback 24bit/192kHz files, it is essential for the Astell & Kern to have high-capacity memory. Astell & Kern AK100 carries an on-board memory of 32GB with additional dual micro SD card slots, making the internal memory expandable to 96GB.
Intuitive User Interface
Intuitive and responsive, the touch screen interface combined with traditional control buttons makes using the AK100 fast and easy. The user interface of the Astell & Kern focuses on quickly searching for and listening to songs.
The musical richness of analogue tubes and subtleties of melodies found in metals are expressed directly in the design. The overall experience created by the Aluminium pores, represents a deep and defined craftsmanship not found in a simple digital device.
"It's the most accessible way of getting high-resolution music to your ears."
"We were most impressed by its performance when playing back high-resolution tracks, but we also enjoyed the improvement of other formats through the player's premium components."
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