Astell & Kern has announced its newest player, the entry-level AK Jr. The Astell & Kern AK Jr will be available soon for $499.
Henry Park, CEO of iriver, parent company of Astell & Kern, said “Since Astell & Kern entered the marketplace over two years ago with the highest quality portable hi-res audio player; it has been our desire to bring the same true studio sound to the masses. Today is that day. We are proud to announce that we accomplished that in the AK Jr, an entry level portable hi-res audio player that performs just as the artist and engineer heard the music in the studio.
The Astell & Kern AK Jr features 64GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot, supporting a 64GB microSD card for a total capacity of 128GB of music storage. The AK Jr features a single Wolfson WM8740 DAC and an unbalanced 3.5mm headphone jack with an output impedance of 2 ohms, powerful enough to drive a wide range of high-end headphones and IEMs. With a 3.1” LCD touchscreen, the AK Jr provides plenty of space to display your music information.
The AK Jr supports a wide range of digital audio files, including 24-bit, up to 192khz PCM and single-rate DSD (converted to PCM) high-resolution audio, as well as the most popular Apple lossless formats in addition to many other lossy music formats users may currently have.