Astell&Kern AK100 Mk II - Portable 32GB 3Ω MQS Audio System & DAC


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Details & Highlights

Product Highlights

    Astell&Kern is the ultimate portable high–fidelity audio system capable of studio Mastering Quality Sound (MQS)
    Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) is an acronym of collective lossless & high–resolution audio source formats, typically in 24–bit/44 to 192kHz of bit/sampling rates. Because MQS delivers about 6.5 times more detail than a conventional CD format (16bit/44.1kHz), listeners can enjoy a better and a more realistic sound quality.

    24–bit/44 to 192kHz is the music industry norm used in the mastering process during sound production. However, the result of high resolution music files has to be compressed down to 16bit/44.1kHz so it can be stored into a single CD due to the memory storage shortcomings (~700MB). To produce the MP3 format, the high–resolution audio is compressed even further to 128 to 320kbps for the convenience of file size. These compressions remove the enormous amount of the details of the original recording because of memory storage limitations and listeners will never be able to hear the details.

Details from Astell and Kern

    AK100 MKII MKII is the lower output impedance version of the AK100 MKII with 3Ω. Equipped with the same high–performance Wolfson WM8740 24bit/192kHz DAC found in the AK120. Playback single–layer DSD formats with the version 2.30 system software.

    One of the worlda??s highest performing 24–bit/192kHz stereo DAC
    AK100 MKII is the worlda??s first portable digital audio device equipped with the Wolfson WM8740 DAC. Users familiar with LINN, ARCAM, and other high–end audio equipment (AV Receivers) actually have been listening to the Wolfson WM8740 high–performance 24–bit/192kHz Stereo DAC at home. With the Wolfson WM8740 DAC, the AK100 MKII achieves highest level of signal–to–noise ratio (SNR) and the lowest level of the total harmonic distortion (THD) performance. And with the WM8740 DAC, the signal to noise ratio of 110dB found in the AK100 MKII significantly improves sound quality.

    Use the AK100 as an external DAC through the USB port.
    Leverage the Wolfson WM8740 DAC with the optical–in feature of the Astell&Kern and use it as an external DAC, Connect the Astell&Kern to an optical–out port of your computer or a CD player using a TOSLINK optical cable and plug it to the optical–in of the Astell&Kern. The digital music files will be converted by the Wolfson WM8740 DAC and enjoy a further improvement of your music listening experience.

    The intuitive user interface experience combined with an integrated touchscreen and physical control buttons gives you full control over the music that you want to hear in pristine clarity. The AK100 MKII includes a black premium 100% genuine Italian leather case made by Buttero to elegantly protect your lossless media player.


Features & Specs

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Manufacturer's Warranty
    1 Year Limited Warranty
Detailed Specifications
    Technical Specifications
  • 2.32" x 3.11" x 0.55" (inches)

  • Weight
  • 4.3 oz.

  • DAC
  • Wolfson WM8740

  • Display
  • 2.4" IPS Touch Screen (320x240)

  • Memory
  • 32GB Internal Flash
  • Dual Micro SD Card Slots (32GB Each)

  • Audio Formats
  • AAC/ALAC/AIFF/DSD64 (.DSF & .DFF with SW Ver. 2.30)

  • Bluetooth
  • 3.0/A2DP

  • Output Level
  • 1.5 VRMS

  • THD+N
  • TBD

  • Signal to Noise
  • TBD

  • Freq. Response
  • TBD

  • Jitter
  • TBD

  • Output Impedance
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Included Coverage from Astell and Kern: 1 Year Limited Warranty

Category ID: 8 | $799.00