What can we are saying about Astell & Kern’s admirable catalog of transportable hi-res music gamers? Luxurious meets innovation? True, throughout the board. That the South Korean class chief’s oeuvre contains a number of the greatest MP3 gamers in existence? Additionally appropriate.
And now, there is a new child on the town, an replace to the implausible Astell & Kern A&ultima SP2000T – specifically, the SP3000.
That includes what A&Ok tells us is a “reimagined consumer interface”, the A&ultima SP3000 can be the world’s first transportable participant with watch-grade 904L chrome steel physique and the newest high-performance audio circuitry. Primarily, 904L chrome steel is a premium-grade steel that has by no means been used on a transportable participant – till now.
Though this specific beast has been crafted from steel beloved of luxurious watchmakers for the primary time ever – sure, it is extraordinarily sturdy and sure it’s proof against corrosion – like its older siblings, it’s nonetheless an object of brutalist magnificence.
A&ultima SP3000 can be the world’s first digital audio participant with unbiased Twin Audio Circuitry. This entire separation of balanced and unbalanced output boasts “the purest doable sonic replica” – as you possibly can see, A&Ok is not being bashful about this one.
It’s additionally the primary participant to make use of the brand new flagship AK4499EX DAC chip from Asahi Kasei, used within the progressive HEXA Audio Circuitry construction that separates digital and analog sign processing.
Different spec highlights embody 256GB native storage that is expandable to 1TB with the microSD reminiscence card slot, three headphone ports (3.5mm, 2.5mm and 4.4mm), USB-C charging (A&Ok says you will get about 10 hours from it) plus a Qualcomm Snapdragon 6125 Octa-Core processor and assist for high-resolution aptX HD and LDAC wi-fi streaming.
Opinion: that is the participant goals are fabricated from – and that is earlier than we even get to the brand new display screen…
The SP3000 can play nearly any hi-res file format going, with assist for all key codecs (together with MQA, Native DSD 512) and streaming-service connectivity. Oh, and it’s Roon Prepared too. Though it suits in your hand, I am fairly certain it may turn out to be the proficient hub of your lounge hi-fi system.
However maybe probably the most placing new characteristic is that A&Ok’s staple, attractive watch-style crown rotary dial now joins a brand new 5.46-in full excessive definition show and a new-generation on-screen interface, which ought to make it simpler than ever to search out and revel in favorite tracks, together with by way of Tidal and Apple Music, my go to streaming providers when hi-res audio is on the menu.
Astell & Kern’s distinctive Teraton Alpha expertise has been additional refined for the SP3000 too. The tech combines efficient energy noise removing, environment friendly energy administration and unwavering amplification, alongside a totally transformed audio output interface. The Hexa DAC construction and unbiased twin audio circuit, applied for the primary time within the SP3000, are paired with the Teraton Alpha sound answer to boast extremely genuine sound right here – all of which is able to make audiophiles around the globe sit up and take discover.
And to high all of it off, the SP3000 comes with a premium leather-based case to guard and spotlight the great thing about the 904L chrome steel physique. It is made by Alran, an organization that has been hand-crafting leather-based since 1903 in Tarn, France. Mentioned case is developed with Alran’s distinctive Hand-Boarding expertise, which apparently includes rubbing the leather-based in numerous instructions utilizing wood planks, so the consumer can really feel the feel of the floor.
The Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000 is accessible to pre-order now. Prepare for costs (and get saving for Christmas) although, as a result of they’re: $3,700 / £3,799 / AU$5,499 / NZD$6,499.
Oh, and should you actually wish to put money into hi-res transportable audio, A&Ok has collaborated with the high-end in-ear monitor firm, Empire Ears, to supply Odyssey, presumably probably the most stunning subsequent era IEMs I’ve ever seen.
Billed as the proper in-ear accomplice for the A&ultima SP3000, the Odyssey is a handcrafted, high-performance wired in-ear monitor that mixes a shimmering, multi-lamination design with the newest audio applied sciences from each esteemed manufacturers to vow a transparent, exact and highly effective sound by way of its 10-driver Quadbrid system… sure, multi functional earpiece.
You are getting twin W9+ subwoofers, 5 balanced armature drivers, twin electrostatics and a W10 bone conductor, with a seven-way synX crossover community and EIVEC MKII engine that apparently harmonizes all 10 drivers for excellent coherence and timing all through a outstanding 5Hz-100kHz frequency response vary.
The Odyssey are priced at $3,400 / £3,499 / AU$4,999 / NZD$5,799.
We have not heard these objects of high-resolution audiophile-grade magnificence – but. However watch this area…