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NEW Astell & Kern AK-240 DAC Digital Media Player Native DSD playback via Dual DAC setup and MQS Streaming - $2,499.00 - FREE 2nd Day U.S. Shipping

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NEW Astell & Kern AK-240 DAC Digital Media Player

 

$2,499.00

 

FREE 2nd Day U.S. Shipping

 

 

 

 

Astell & Kern AK-240 DAC Digital Media Player

 

 

 

 

Astell & Kern AK-240 DAC Digital Media Player

 

 

 

 

Astell & Kern AK-240 DAC Digital Media Player

 

 

 

 

Astell & Kern AK-240 DAC Digital Media Player

Free 2nd Day U.S. Shipping- Limited Time!

 

 

NEW $2,499.00 Astell & Kern AK-240 DAC Digital Media Player

 

After successfully launching the AK100 and the AK120 models, Astell & Kern asked, “What is the ultimate sound quality?”  After much consideration, A&K decided to move a step further with their original goal, which was to deliver the sound “exactly as the artist had intended” for all to hear.
 
With the AK240, A&K decided to provide a Dual DAC setup to create better left and right channel separation with clearer sound quality. While developing the AK240, Astell & Kern felt the need to further improve sound quality in order to accurately reproduce the original sound recording. After countless hours of research and testing, A&K was able to find the answer which was to create both a balanced output and native DSD playback through the Dual DAC setup. 
 
Native DSD Support, What is DSD?
 
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) is a digital audio file format originally developed for SACDs (Super Audio CD). Regular digital audio file formats such as PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) is separated into 65,000(16bit) to 16,700,000(24bit) of information on the Y axis, and 44,100(44.1kHz) to 192,000(192kHz) across the X axis for digital signals. DSD files have 1bit (0s or 1s) for Y axis and is separated into 2,800,000(2.8MHz) to 5,600,000(5.6MHz) of information for X axis.

Compared to regular audio CDs with 16bit/44.1kHz PCM format, SACD’s recording frequency goes up to 100kHz and the dynamic range goes beyond 120dB while maintaining sound clarity during the transmission.
 
Native DSD Support
 
One of the approaches Astell & Kern decided that would help them move a step closer to the original sound quality was to provide native DSD playback without having to convert it into PCM. This was indeed a difficult task. In order to provide native DSD playback on the AK240, they had to select a different DAC chipset. Making the decision to change the DAC was not easy, but in order to reach that goal, they had to make a bold move which was to start from scratch.

Astell & Kern asked themselves: Does the DAC support Native DSD? 
Will it allow for the Dual DAC setup? What else is needed for the perfect Native DSD support?

In order to answer these three questions, Astell&Kern have decided to use the Cirrus Logic CS4398 chip in the Dual DAC setup with an added exclusive XMOS chip that will allow for Native DSD support.

The process of setting up Native DSD support was not an easy task. Since the main CPU does not process Native DSD, Astell & Kern needed a chip that will work with it.  It took a long time, but A&K made it work. Through countless hours of testing, Astell & Kern was able to achieve Native DSD playback by having the main CPU process the data, send it to the exclusive XMOS chip, then through the DAC to deliver the sound.
 
Balanced Output: Unbalanced vs. Balanced Output
 
The unbalanced method is the most commonly used basic method which consists of “left and right signals + ground line”. This setup includes a ground line which blocks out external noises from the outside. However, since the ground line cannot block out all of the external noises completely, external noises can be mixed into the signals that are transmitted, which then result in changes to the sound. The longer the signals travel, the more external noises that will be mixed into the sound which is why it is used within a short distance of 1 to 2 meters.

Unlike the unbalanced method, the balanced method has an additional cold signal to compliment the hot signal which reduces the external noises.
Since the ground line cannot block out 100% of the external noises, noise will appear on both the hot and cold signals. The alignment of the 2 signals allows the noise to usually appear at similar points where they will eventually be removed as the signals are transmitted.
 
Dual DAC meets Balanced Output
 
It did not take Astell&Kern long to figure out that the AK240’s Dual DAC and balanced output resulted in the best sound. During the development of the AK100 and AK120, Astell & Kern's specific analogue amp setup was already creating full balanced analogue signals streaming from the DAC and they were able to move a step closer towards the original sound by then creating a balanced output terminal at the end.
 
256GB of Massive Storage
 
Astell&Kern has created the AK120 Titan with a storage capacity of 128GB, but in order to support Native DSD, MQS, and massive audio files, we had to come up with the ultimate portable music player with 256GB of storage.
With 256GB of internal memory, about 2,500 MQS (24bit/96kHz, 4 minute-long, 90MB) songs can be saved.  With the addition of a 128GB microSD card, the AK240 can support up to a total memory capacity of 384GB.
 
MQS Streaming
 
Astell&Kern products have started to evolve into network players by providing Wi-Fi capability.
To listen to your favorite music, you no longer have to turn on your computer, search for your music, wait for the songs to download, connect your player via USB cable, and then wait for the files to transfer to the player. Now with MQS Streaming, you can easily download or stream music directly from the AK240 by having the unit and your computer connected to the same network.
- "Astell&Kern MQS Streaming Server" software must be installed on your PC or MAC with a shared folder saved for MQS Streaming to work.
 
OTA (Over-The-Air) Upgrade

It has been 13 years since iriver has used the term "firmware". Through these years, one had to check for new firmware updates by opening emails or checking the website. Now with a Wi-Fi connection, you can receive instant notifications about new firmware updates and can update your unit whenever and wherever you are.

More Detailed 10-Band 0.5dB-step EQ Setting

More accurate EQ setting is also available on the AK240 by doubling the bands (from 5 to 10 bands) and halving the dB steps (from 1dB to 0.5dB) available. One can also create and save customized preset EQ settings to fit various music genres.

Full Touch Screen

Compared to the AK120, the 3.31 inch AMOLED display on the AK240 is about 82% bigger to provide more information at a glance. With the bigger display, the Full Touch screen makes it easy to navigate especially for smart phone users, and iPod™, iPhone™, iPad™ users.

The playback and volume control buttons have been upgraded on the AK240. Music tracks with long titles, such as a classical music, are displayed on 2 lines for better navigation. Due to the speedy file scanning functionality, a separate DB scanning function is no longer needed and file search is available for easy access to music.

USB DAC

The AK240 supports Native DSD USB DAC function. (DoP method)

Through the USB connection, the AK240 can be used as a USB DAC which supports Native DSD playback. The combination of the exclusive DSD chip and the Dual DAC in the AK240 goes above and beyond most computer sound cards and is able to create a greater sense of space and deeper sound while listening to your music.  

*- EQ setting cannot be used while in USB DAC mode on the AK240.
 
Exceptional AK240 Leather Case
 

In order to raise the bar of the AK240 even higher, much attention was devoted to the selection of leather for the case. Minerva leather, originated from Badalassi Carlo was chosen for the case. Badalassi Carlo was made by Professor Carlo Badalassi, who is known for his excellent skills with leather. Unlike modern methods, he uses a traditional method of making leather that requires extensive time and devotion. His reputation is well-known among top expensive brands due to his focus on the leather quality over quantity.

The leather case for the AK240 was made from a process called “Full Vegetable Tanning”. This traditional method has been used in Italy for over 200 years. The process brings out the special characteristic of leather while creating a natural tanning look. A variety of trees and plants are involved in this tanning process which takes about 40 days to complete and only the most experienced professionals in Italy possess the skills to do it.

This special leather material has a lot of oil in it that will allow the leather to shine the more it is used. Many tests and trials have been done with the creation of the leather case in order to highlight the unique design of the AK240.

Specifications

Model AK240
Body Color Gun Metal
Body Material Aircraft Grade Duralumin
Display 3.31inch WVGA (480 x 800) AMOLED Touchscreen
Supported Audio Formats WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE(Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
Sample Rate FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF : 8kHz ~ 192kHz (8/16/24bits per Sample)
/ DSD Native : DSD64 (1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128 (1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo
   
Output Level Unbalance 2.1Vrms / Balance 2.3Vrms (Condition No Load)
DAC Cirrus Logic CS4398 x2 (Dual DAC
Decoding Support up to 24bit/192kHz Bit to Bit Decoding, DSD64/128
Input USB Micro-B input (for charging & data transfer (PC & MAC)) Connection Mode : MTP (Media Device)
   
Outputs PHONES (3.5mm) / Optical Out (3.5mm) Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported)
   
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
Bluetooth V4.0
Dimensions 2.59 ”(66 mm) [W] x 4.21 ”(107 mm) [H] x 0.68 ”(17.5 mm) [D]
Weight 6.5 oz (185 g)
Feature Enhancements Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
   
Audio Performance  
Frequency Response ±0.023dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalance & Balance,  / ±0.3dB (Condition: 10Hz~70kHz) Unbalance & Balance
Signal to Noise Ratio 116dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 117dB @ 1kHz, Balance
Crosstalk 130dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 135dB @ 1kHz, Balance
THD+N 0.0007% @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Balance
IMD SMPTE 0.0004% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalance / 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Balance
Output Impedance Balanced out 2.5mm (1ohm) / PHONES 3.5mm (2ohm)
   
Clock source  
   
Clock Jitter 50ps (Typ)
   
Battery  
   
Capacity 3,250mAh 3.7V Li-Polymer Battery
   
Memory  
   
Built-in Memory 256GB [NAND]
External Memory microSD (Max 128GB) x1
   
OS  
Supported OS Windows XP, Windows 7,8 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up

 

 

 

Thank You.

Drew Baird
Moon Audio 

140 Iowa Lane

Suite 204

Cary, NC 27511 
919-649-5018 
Drew@moon-audio.com

http://www.moon-audio.com

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Edited by MoonAudio - 3/5/14 at 9:33am
Thank You. Nichole Baird Moon Audio140 Iowa Lane Suite 204, NC 27511 919-649-5018 nichole@moon-audio.com http://www.moon-audio.com Moon Audio Home...
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NEW Astell & Kern AKS02 Docking Station

 

$249.00

 

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Astell & Kern AKS02

 

 

 

Astell & Kern AKS02 and AK-240

 

 

 

Astell & Kern AKS02

 

 

 

Astell & Kern AKS02

 

 

 

Astell & Kern AKS02

 

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NEW $249.00 Astell & Kern AKS02 Docking Station

 

Astell & Kern AK-240 accessory with USB DAC function available. The use of same material as the AK-240 allows for design continuity and the five step angle adjustable allows the AK-240 to be used at multiple angles. 

 

Dock and charge the AK240 on your desktop with the AKS02 Docking Station.

 

Made from same high-quality aluminum body found on Astell&Kern MQS Portable Systems.

 

 

High-quality Soft & braided USB/Power cable.

Allows up to 5 steps of tilt angle adjustment.

Integrated 5-pin Micro USB interface is fully compatible with the AK240’s USB DAC feature. 

Specifications

Dimensions  2.6” x 4.3” x 2.3” (inches) 
Weight  9.3 oz. (264g) 
Material  Brushed Aluminium & ABS 
Angle Adjustment  1 to 5 steps of adjustable angle positions  
Connection Interface 5-Pin Micro USB
What’s in the Box? AKS02 Docking Station, Warranty Card

 

 

Thank You.

Drew Baird
Moon Audio 

140 Iowa Lane

Suite 204

Cary, NC 27511 
919-649-5018 
Drew@moon-audio.com

http://www.moon-audio.com

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Edited by MoonAudio - 3/21/14 at 7:31am
Thank You. Nichole Baird Moon Audio140 Iowa Lane Suite 204, NC 27511 919-649-5018 nichole@moon-audio.com http://www.moon-audio.com Moon Audio Home...
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