Astell&Kern AK 380 Headphone Amplifier
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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.
The AK380's First Accessory, AMP The primary goal of Astell&Kern has always been to deliver the original sound. We're proud to introduce the AK380 AMP, an amplifier that supports high-impedance headphones and high-gain output while remaining faithful to the original sound.
Introducing AK380 AMP, the first accessory to complement the AK380. The AK380 AMP supports 8.1 VRMS output when connected via high-gain balanced output. An expansion-type amplifier with design unity.
The AK380 AMP was designed as an extension of the light and shadow theme of the AK380. Continuing this design concept, the AK380 AMP retains the subtle changes and details in the emitted brilliance as light flows across its surface. The diamond pattern engraved into the volume wheel of AK380 is repeated on the amplifier's rear light for design continuity.
The area of the amplifier in contact with the AK380's volume wheel reproduces the design's angle of reflection for comfortable wheel operation. The amplifier's light shining delicately through the gaps in the reflected surface visually accentuate the music’s mystique.
Unlike conventional amplifiers, the AK380 AMP was designed from the ground up as a single entity when combined with the AK380. The wheel on the rear of the amplifier that connects the two devices is a representation of the volume wheel seen throughout Astell&Kern products and expresses our unique design identity.
3,400 mAh Large-capacity Battery
An amplifier, which increases audio output, consumes a great amount of energy. Thus, the AK380 AMP features a 3,400 mAh large-capacity battery – identical to the one in the AK380 itself - to support up to nine hours of continuous unbalanced-output playback.
- 8.1 VRMS high-gain balanced output.
- 4.1 VRMS unbalanced output.
Low Gain Unbalance 2.1 Vrms / Balance 2.1 Vrms (Condition No Load) High Gain Unbalance 4.1 Vrms / Balance 8.1 Vrms (Condition No Load)
High-gain output is four times greater than low-gain output and supports high-impedance headphones.
To protect earphones/headphones during high output, the volume is automatically adjusted when the amp is powered on or the earphones/headphones are disconnected. Furthermore, the gain can be easily adjusted via the AK380's settings.
- When the AK380 AMP is connected, USB DAC and optical out functionalities through the amplifier are disabled.
AK380 Amp vs. Other Amps
The AK380 AMP boasts convenient portability. The many points of discomfort in conventional amplifiers have been addressed by adopting an integrated design for greater convenience.
AK380 + AK380 AMP simultaneous charging. Separate cable not required due to integrated design.
|Short Description||Astell&Kern AK 380 Headphone Amplifier|
|Product Name||Astell&Kern AK 380 Headphone Amplifier|
|Manufacturer||Astell & Kern|
|Model||Astell&Kern AK 380 Headphone Amplifier|