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Astell&Kern SA700 - Past meets Present

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Levanter, Oct 25, 2019.
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  1. Levanter
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    https://av.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/1214637.html

    Using google translate:

    Astell & Kern announced the new model “SA700” that combines the latest technology with a reinterpreted design of the high-resolution player “AK120” first-generation flagship machine. Ayuto, who is acting as a distributor in Japan, says, “We will provide you with specific details, release dates and prices in Japan as soon as they are decided.”

    This machine reinterpreted the brand heritage under the slogan “Past Meets Present”. While incorporating the hardware configuration and symbolic parts of the design such as `` dual DAC installed '' which is the feature of `` AK120 '' that laid the foundation of the current Astell & Kern brand, `` wheel protector with the bridge part of the stringed instrument '' An intelligent LED that indicates song information and volume adjustment status was adopted. "A high-resolution portable audio player that combines the past retro essence with the latest advanced technology in an optimal balance."

    Intelligent LED adoption volume changes to red, green, blue and purple at the bit depth of the song being played. Also, the saturation changes in 150 steps according to the volume.

    Asahi Kasei Electronics' “AK4492ECB” is dual installed in the DAC. Native support for 384kHz / 32bit, DSD256 (11.2MHz).

    Also equipped with a 4.1-inch touch display. Other details will be announced again as described above.
     
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  2. udesign48
    interesting... and I'm curious about its price? $4,000? lol
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2019
  3. kel77
    It's USD1299. Available in December.
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  4. cr3ativ3
    This time 4.4mm ? :D
     
  5. kel77
    Still 2.5mm
     
  6. cr3ativ3
    Man ...
     
  7. Raketen
    No Wolfson? Bummer... haven't seen WM based DAPs for a while, an AK 120 tribute would have been good opportunity.
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2019
  8. ThomasHK
    Not gonna lie, I'm a sucker for AK design :astonished::dizzy_face:
     
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  10. JasonNYC
    Yes, the SA700 supports MQA.
     
    Astell&Kern Stay updated on Astell&Kern at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
     
    https://www.facebook.com/astellnkern/ https://twitter.com/astell_kern https://instagram.com/astellnkern https://us.astellnkern.com support.inc@iriver.com
  11. John Blackshear
    I’m very curious as to how this sounds. Anyone listen yet?
     
  12. John Blackshear
    What’s the expected release date?
     
  13. JasonNYC
    mid-December. Possibly a little earlier depending on the country you are located in and shipping times from our HQ in Korea. Here in North America, around December 15th.
     
    Astell&Kern Stay updated on Astell&Kern at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
     
    https://www.facebook.com/astellnkern/ https://twitter.com/astell_kern https://instagram.com/astellnkern https://us.astellnkern.com support.inc@iriver.com
  14. John Blackshear
    Thanks!
     
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