Astell&Kern AK 100 II Digital Audio Player
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Astell&Kern is the ultimate digital music source that brings you Mastering Quality Sound or MQS. Astell means ‘Stars’ in Latin and Kern means ‘Center’ in German. We believe Astell&Kern is the centre of music.
Original music performances recently have been captured in digital almost exactly as they were performed due to new and advanced recording technologies currently available. These great-sounding recordings are mainly listened to in inferior sound formats, such as MP3 or streaming services. With the debut of the MP3 format, music lovers scarified the quality of the sound for the convenience of being able to carry their music collection wherever they went. Because MP3 heavily compresses the original file for the sake of convenience, you only hear inferior vocals and instruments, and the full soundstage and ambience from the original recordings is missing. The movement of the original performance often disappears when listening to compressed MP3 music. Astell&Kern is the solution to the poor quality of musical sound for the sake of portability, and the way to ultimately bring back the original sound quality of the music, MQS, back to music artists, recording engineers and professionals.
Astell&Kern's pursuit is to provide the natural and original sound without distortion. It offers almost the exact presence with tiny details you wouldn’t have noticed from other music systems by playing back high-resolution music bit for bit, exactly as it was recorded. The exact sound without missing any bit of the live performance in recordings is what Astell&Kern is known for.
Astell&Kern recognised that certain aspects of the AK100 needed improvement during research and development for a successor.
While considering how to improve the AK100, they realised that there was a difference between measured audio specifications and what they felt sounded good. After much deliberation, their development efforts were focused on making the AK100 II "feel" right to the senses rather than just mechanically boosting technical specs.
The original AK100 was developed according to audio specification standards, but development of the next generation AK100 was made to the "New Standard" of how the music sounds.
We present "A New Standard in Listening to Music" with the AK100 2nd Generation.
The AK100-II is a Class-Leading Digital Audio Player
Astell & Kern's AK100-II is the new-generation version of the popular AK100. This DAP (Digital Audio Player) brings a whole new level of excellence to the market. The Astell & Kern supports WAV, FLAC, MP3, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DSD64 & DSD128 and DXD formats, thus ensuring your music Library is supported. The AK100-II is packed full of features including a Dual-core CPU, USB DAC support mQS streaming and 64GB of internal memory storage. In addition to the 64GB of internal memory, you can extend the total capacity to 192GB, more than enough memory to contain large music collections.
With a brand new user-friendly touch interface and intuitive features, the AK100-II makes it easy to navigate and play your music. Using a Cirrus Logic DAC chipset, your music will sound exactly the way it should, free from unwanted artifacts and colouration. The AK 100 II also connects wirelessly to your network so you can stream high-resolution music files from a MAC or PC as well as streaming services. Thanks to the MQS streaming server, the AK 100-II supports album art streamed directly.
The AK100-II uses superior components and circuitry to ensure your listening experience is the best possible. 24 bit / 192kHz audio playback allows you to play lossless quality audio files without degradation. Featuring unbalanced and SPDIF outputs, as well as support for an external USB DAC, the Astell&Kern AK100-II has all the features you need.
Combining its high-resolution touch screen, intuitive search and controls and its class-leading audio quality and feature set, this Digital Audio Player is without a doubt a must have for those serious about audiophile quality sound. It also includes a 10 band equaliser for those that like to tweak their sound output.
While Astell & Kern's AK100 II is at the lower price end of the A&K spectrum, the features & fidelity that you get are nothing but top-class!
The AK100 II supports a wide range of formats including DSD and other high-resolution formats up to 24 bit/ 192 KHz (WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, etc.).
The AK100 II includes a Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC, which supports a balanced output. The player also has a micro USB slot for transferring music from your PC or Mac through the data transfer cable that comes with the player. The Micro USB 2.0 slot enables fast transfer of audio files. The body of the player is made of a smooth aluminium material and the premium volume wheel is located at the apt location for convenient handling.
The high-resolution 3.31" touch screen has an enriched interface which is both responsive and intuitive. The easy to use interface enables the user to navigate smoothly to and use the various amazing features of the player with ease. Organising and finding audio tracks is made simple. Album art for the currently playing audio track is displayed for a better visual and interactive experience.
The AK100 II player comes with a built-in memory capacity of 64 GB and has provision for a micro SD card up to 128 GB.
The player can be connected to your PC or Mac wirelessly (through WiFi) and can stream your high-resolution music using the Astell and Kern Streaming Server Software. This allows you to have additional storage on your computer.
The AK100 II player is powered by a 3.7V Li-Polymer battery. The rechargeable Li-Polymer battery enables the player to playback audio continuously for up to 14 hours.
- Single Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC
- 2.5mm Balanced Out + Optical (S-PDIF) Output Available via Optical Mini
- WVGA (480 x 800) AMOLED LCD Touchscreen
- High-Resolution Audio Playback up to 24bit/192kHz
- 5.6 MHz DSD Playback Support (DSD - PCM Conversion)
- Use the AK100 II as a USB DAC
- Network Playback via Wi-Fi (AK Connect)
- 10-Band, 0.5 dB Step Fully Customizable EQ
- 3,250 mAh 3.7V Li-Polymer Battery
- 64GB Internal Flash Memory + Single MicroSD Memory Card Support up to 256GB
- Includes Carrying Case
Model: AK 100 II
Body Colour: Silver
Body Material: Aluminium
Display: 3.3inch WVGA (480 x 800) Touchscreen
Supported Audio Formats:
WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE(Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF
Sample rate: 8kHz ~ 192kHz (8/16/24bits per Sample) / DSD: DSD64, Stereo / DSD128, Stereo
Output Level: 2.3 Vrms (2.5 balanced & 3.5mm single ended)
DAC: Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC x1 (Single DAC)
Decoding: Support up to 24bit/192kHz Bit to Bit Decoding
Input: USB Micro-B input (for charging & data transfer (PC & MAC) / Connection Mode : MTP (Media Device)
Outputs: PHONES (3.5mm), USB Audio Out
Dimensions: 2.16 "(54.87 mm) [W] x 4.37 "(111.0 mm) [H] x 0.58 "(14.73 mm) [D]
Weight: 5.99 oz (169 g)
Feature Enhancements: Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
|Short Description||Astell&Kern AK 100 II Digital Audio Player|
|Product Name||Astell&Kern AK 100 II Digital Audio Player|
|Manufacturer||Astell & Kern|
|Model||Astell&Kern AK 100 II Digital Audio Player|
|Type||Digital Audio Player|