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The Astell & Kern AK120

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by toxicdrift, May 9, 2013.
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  1. toxicdrift
    Specifications General
    Dimensions * 59.2 x 89,0 x 14.4mm [B x L x H)
    Weight * 143 g
    Display * 2.4inch/6.1cm QVGA (320 x 240) IPS Touchscreen
    Supported audio formats * AAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE * FLAC, WAV
    Sample rate * 8kHz ~ 192kHz (8/16/24bits per sample)
    Maximum output voltage * 1.5V RMS
    Output impedance * 3 Ohm
    D/A converter * *2x* Wolfson WM 8740 24Bit DAC
    Decoding * Able to 24-bit/192kHz bit to bit decoding
    Charging port * Micro USB Type-B
    Connections * USB 2.0, Optical In-/Output, 3.5mm stereo headphone output, USB D/A converter
    Wireless * Bluetooth 3.0 Audio Performance
    Frequency response * 10Hz to 20KHz +/-0.02dB (24bit 48Khz)
    Signal to noise ratio * 113dB (1KHz 0dB, 24bit 48Khz)
    Crosstalk * < -128dB (1KHz 0dB, 24bit 48Khz
    THD + N * < 0.003% (24bit 48Khz)
    SMPTE IMD  * < 0.0009% (1KHz 0dB, 24bit 48Khz)
    Battery * 2,350mAh 3.7V Li-Polymer
    Battery Uptime * Mac. 16 hours(based on MUSIC : FLAC, 16bit, 44KHz Vol. 37, EQ Off, LCD Off)
    Charging time * ca. 5 hours Memory
    Internal memory * 64GB [NAND]
    External * 2x 64Gb MicroSD
    Operating system
    Supported Operating Systems * Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8
  2. Afterparty
    Cheers for that
    Any info on the release date? Is it in devolopment/ production/ testing?
    edit: oh just saw the "10.05.2013" on the image. i wonder if that's lunch...
  3. toxicdrift
    i think we will get more updates on the 10th or maybe thats the launch date. It's selling for 10800 HK$ (Jaben, Hongkong) which is around 1400 US$  much more then the price of the AK100 & modded ones. I hope its twice the sound aswell.  Online/U.S pricing should be better.
  4. fp581
    wow looks amazing but it costs more then the tera player, way more.
    i hope it will sound better then him :) (by 25% more)
    the + side is tons of space (max of 192GB) i can put most of my music on wave with that 
    and the 10Hz is amazing! (just need to find headphones that go that low lol)  
  5. lin0003
    Cool! I hope that it sounds better than the modded AK100. Then I will have an excuse to buy it. [​IMG]
  6. Reima
  7. JmoonAK
    It looks like the secret could not be contained. Yes, it's official. There is a new model in the Astell&Kern line up, the AK120. 
    The specs are listed in the OP and ,ore details about the AK120 can be found at our website: www.astellnkern.com, but here's a quick rundown of some of the main features in the AK120.
    1. High-End, Dual-Mono portable system equipped with dual DACs independently dedicated to separate left/right audio channels
    2. High-performance audio beyond standard Hi-Fi specifications
    3. SACD (Super Audio CD) & DSD format playback support
    4. Optical & USB external DAC function
    5. Up to 192GB memory storage capacity (64 Internal Flash, 64GB support in each dual MicroSD card slot)
    6. Gapless playback is supported
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    The AK120 slightly longer compared to the AK100, but with the same thickness. It's to accommodate the 2nd DAC and the bigger battery. The dual DAC setup of the AK120 is designed to give you a wider soundstage and broader dynamic range.
    The AK120 is available at some German retailers already at the price point of 1,299 Euros. No official launch date or pricing point to the US yet. Stay tuned for updates at our Facebook page and Twitter feed!
  8. toxicdrift
    Updated the original post with more info and Pictures.
  9. mark_h Contributor
    Price: £1240.00
  10. ChicagoNB
    Same chips used by Apple so every Apple product is on par with this but at a significantly lower price.
  11. ButtUglyJeff
    I predict much drama in this thread....
  12. LFC_SL
    You have your currencies confused
    The news link provides for £841 when converting from USD, however, the other post with the cited live ¢ pricing converts to £1k. Time will tell. It sounds a lot but then again if it is meant to compete with something like a Solo + amp combo, it is tomayto, tomato
  13. filofem
    There is already a review in English with measurements from British audio magazine, Hi-Fi World.
  14. lin0003
    Damn! They should have a coaxial output like the DX100.
    garetjax1 likes this.
  15. ThatPhilDude
    For the future DSD update will the playback be native or will the player convert to PCM.
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