Astell & Kern launch entry level high-res audio player
Astell&Kern has launched its most affordable high-resolution portable player yet - the AK Jr.
Despite the relatively low entry price (£399), the new AK Jr shares many features with its more costly stable-mates. It’s a bit of a looker, too, with an attractive aluminium case and ‘machined’ controls with a performance that, says AK, sets it apart from other sub-£500 rivals.
The AK Jr features 24bit/192hKz high-resolution audio playback and has support for a wide range of music files, including DSD. There’s a Wolfson DAC on-board, along with 64GB of built-in internal memory which is expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card.
The design is very slim-line, measuring 6.9mm at its most slender point and 8.9mm at its largest, resulting in weight of only 93g. The AK Jr sports a 3.1-inch touchscreen display and supports Bluetooth version 4.0. The 1.95V RMS headphone output should undoubtedly drive headphones more effectively than smartphones and should also mean there’s no need for a separate headphone amp.
The Astell&Kern AK Jr will make its European debut at the Munich High End show on 14th May. It will be in shops later in May, at a suggested price of £399.
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