Astell&Kern is debuting three new products at High End Munich 2016 in Hall 3, Booth H06, on May 5: The AK300 portable high-resolution audio player ($899), the AK Recorder ($795), and Graphene Cable.
The AK300 and the AK Recorder continue Astell&Kern’s philosophy of providing high-resolution audio fans the ability to customize their portable audio experience with devices and add-on modules that give each user the exact features he or she needs on the go. Meanwhile, the new Astell&Kern Graphene Cable expands the accessories line.
The Astell&Kern AK300 is the newest portable high-resolution audio player in the Astell&Kern lineup. The younger sibling of the AK320 and AK380 portable hi-res players, the single DAC AK300 contains many of the same features of its older family members at a more affordable price, including the ability to be expanded with a variety of docking accessories that allow a user to add additional functions and features to the players. Also included in all AK300 series players are Parametric EQ (PEQ), VCXO Reference Clock (Femto Clock) for minimal jitter, AK Connect support, USB DAC function, Wi-Fi connectivity, and pressure sensitive Metal Touch Home Button.
Other features of the Astell&Kern AK300 include:
- Single AK4490 DAC Chipset
- Support of high-resolution audio up to 32-bit/384-KHz PCM (downconverted to 24-bit/192-kHz PCM) and up to double-rate, 5.6-MHz DSD (converted to PCM)
- 64GB internal flash storage with single microSD card slot for up to 200GB of additional storage memory.
The Astell&Kern AK300 will be available soon for $899.
The new AK Recorder allows users to turn the AK300, AK320, or AK380 into a portable recording studio, capable of recording high-resolution audio anywhere in the world. The AK Recorder is the world’s first to support DSD 5.6-MHz recording from a hand-held unit.
The AK Recorder is a true, Pro-Grade recording device, featuring:
- Mic In – supports professional grade microphones with 5V inputs and 48V phantom power to record live music and vocals
- Line In – supports connection of analog music sources such as turntables to record music in high-resolution
- AES/EBU In – supports recording of digital music signals from recording studio consoles
- Support for optional Stereo Recording kit – sold separately
- Ability to record 16-/24-/32-bit, 44.1-/48-/88.2-/96-/176.4-/192-/352-/384-kHz, DSD64, DSD128
- The ability to fine tune mic and pre-amp gain
- Variety of recording options including digital limiter, peak hold, low-cut filters, pre-recording and more
- Remote control over Wi-Fi
With the new Astell&Kern AK Recorder, performers and engineers no longer need to be tied down to a studio for professional, high-resolution audio recording.
The Astell&Kern AK Recorder retails for $795, and will be available soon.
A new Graphene Cable is another accessory that brings Astell&Kern’s philosophy of “music the way it was meant to be heard” one step closer to what was actually recorded in the studio. The Astell&Kern Graphene Cable is the world’s first hi-fi audio cable made with graphene technology. Known as an “ideal material “ due to its extraordinary physical and chemical properties, graphene cables are said to provide the best possible signal pathway than any other materials on the market today.
The benefits of graphene cable are:
- More natural sound – Graphene has two-thirds better conductivity than copper; it brings out a more natural sound
- Delivers more sound with less – Less sound is lost due to recrystallization of copper during the Graphene coating process
- Keeps copper cable core from oxidation – The mesh structure of Graphene is tighter than the size of oxygen molecules
IRIVER, the parent company of Astell&Kern, and HaeSung DS have formed an exclusive partnership for the use of graphene technology for cable products., and an official partnership signing ceremony will take place on May 6 at the High End Show in Munich, where Astell&Kern will debut the world’s first graphene audio cable.