A&Okay flagship DAP combines luxurious design with high-end audio tech


Of us who’re severe about their cell music will already be accustomed to South Korea’s Astell&Kern, which constantly goals excessive and is at all times pushing audio-quality envelopes. And so it’s for the launch of its latest flagship transportable music participant, the A&ultima SP3000.

A&Okay’s digital audio gamers all share the same boxy design rocking diamond shapes and sculpted angles, however the newest flagship is the primary transportable participant on this planet to boast a watch-grade 904L stainless-steel physique, leading to “an object of magnificence that made to final.” It additionally matches the physique materials with a cool watch-style crown for quantity management, with coloured standing lighting.

Different firsts embrace unbiased Twin Audio Circuitry, which separates the balanced and unbalanced output, and a debut for the brand new flagship AK4499EX digital-to-analog-conversion chip from Asahi Kasei, which is employed in a Hexa DAC construction that makes use of a number of converters to permit digital and analog processing to be dealt with individually.

A watch-style crown for quantity management matches the watch-grade physique materials


The corporate has developed a brand new graphical consumer interface that is accessed through the 5.46-inch HD (1,080 x 1,920) contact show for ease of use, and the participant makes use of Snapdragon 6125 octa-core brains supported by 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of inside storage plus as much as 1 TB of microSD growth.

Additional refinements have been made to the corporate’s Teraton Alpha expertise, which marries noise elimination, energy administration and amplification to ship “audio playback that’s as shut as potential to the unique sound.” And A&Okay has included an choice to generate a user-tunable loudspeaker listening really feel to cut back fatigue, the place the expertise “mixes elements of the unique sign from one channel and sends that sign to the alternative channel with a time distinction to heart the sound picture.”

The A&ultima SP3000 portable music player can be paired with the new Odyssey in-ear monitors developed in partnership with Empire Ears
The A&ultima SP3000 transportable music participant may be paired with the brand new Odyssey in-ear screens developed in partnership with Empire Ears


Elsewhere, there’s cooked-in dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 with help for high-resolution aptX HD and LDAC streaming, as nicely playback of MQA format, PCM recordsdata at as much as 32-bit/768-kHz decision and native DSD512. The 5,050-mAh Li-Po battery is reported good for round 10 hours of music playback.

A&Okay’s SP3000 has all of the hallmarks of an trade main transportable music participant, and is reckoned to be such performer that it will possibly additionally function a Roon Prepared streaming hub for the lounge hi-fi system when not grooving on the transfer.

Naturally, all of this high-end audio and luxurious design goodness does not come low cost – it is up for pre-order now at an eye-watering US$3,699. Availability is pegged for October 17.

Product web page: A&ultima SP3000



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