Astell&Kern has unveiled the latest addition to its range of audio products, with the AK UW100 true wireless earbuds set to launch next month.
The AK UW100 marks the company’s first true wireless solution and the earbuds come with a dedicated high-performance 32-bit DAC (rather than an integrated one) working alongside the company’s own AMP technology, designed to deliver an accurate and dynamic audio performance. Weighing in at just 7g, they have a distinctive angular design, echoing the style of the AK Zero1 in-ear monitors that launched last year, but with a more pentagonal look that's in contrast to the discrete curves you may find elsewhere.
The buds can run Bluetooth 5.2 and the aptX Adaptive codec to reduce latency, with support for 24-bit audio quality at 420kps. The AK UW100s also use ultra-detailed Knowles Balanced Armature drivers to give them an extra degree of realism and distortion-free audio, with Astell&Kern pitching them with a “best-in-class” passive noise isolation. This is designed to eliminate unwanted ambient sounds in the mid and high range, to deliver a more immersive experience, even in noisy surroundings.
If you do need to hear the outside world, you can just tap the left earbud to access the touch controls (or use the iOS and Android-friendly app) to swap through four levels of ambience, as well as your usual array of control options. As for the battery life, you can get six hours of playback on its own, boosted to a full day’s audio if you also make use of the 18-hour capacity of its case – which supports wireless and fast charging, with a 10-minute charge enough to deliver one hour of use.
The AK UW100 earphones will go on sale in April, priced at £249 (€260 / $299), with five different sizes of silicone ear tips to find the perfect fit. To find out more you can head over to the Astell&Kern website.
SOURCE: Astell&Kern (via press release)