Astell&Kern AK70 MKII Digital Audio Player
Astell&Kern AK70 MKII Digital Audio Player
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Product Description
Bringing many of the features of high-end Astell&Kern products into an appealing price bracket, the AK70 MKII digital audio player is the company’s first model equipped with a dual DAC for less than a thousand dollars. It features dual well-regarded Cirrus Logic CS4398 DACs ... Read More
Dual DAC, Separated Channels & Big, Clear Sound

Bringing many of the features of high-end Astell&Kern products into an appealing price bracket, the AK70 MKII digital audio player is the company’s first model equipped with a dual DAC for less than a thousand dollars. It features dual well-regarded Cirrus Logic CS4398 DACs. With a substantial power output of 4.0 Vrms from the balanced output, this player can drive a wide range of heavy, hard-to-drive headphones without a problem. This is thanks to Astell&Kern’s latest audio design technology. While maintaining the natural, neutral sound signature the company is known for, this new design creates authentic audio by exceeding previous specs—including SNR, crosstalk, and THD+N—over previous models. The separated channel circuit design offers less noise and interference while adding fidelity and output power, resulting in a larger soundstage and clearer imaging when paired with your favorite headphones or speakers. 

The Reviews Are In

Headfonia  wrote a glowing review of the player, saying, “Just like the original AK70, the new second edition is a winner DAP. Not looking at sound, there isn’t that much difference between these units, so it wouldn’t make any sense stating the AK70ii isn’t awesome anymore. Like I said: what AK does, it does perfectly so. The new AK70ii is still perfectly built, it’s extremely well-functioning, it’s easy to use and take with you on the go, and it’s oh-so beautiful. Sound-wise, the AK70ii is a step up from the original DAP. Once you’re used to the higher level of detail, the better extension, bigger body, and improved layering, it will be very tough going back to the good old AK70.”

Specs
  • Astell&Kern
  • Body material: Aluminum in black
  • Display: 3.3 in (8.4 cm) WVGA (480 x 800) TFT LCD
  • Supported audio formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
  • Sample rate, PCM: 8–192 kHz (8/16/24 bits per sample)
  • Sample rate, DSD: DSD64 (1 bit 2.8 MHz), stereo/DSD128 (1 bit 5.6 MHz)
  • Output level: Unbalanced 2.0 Vrms / balanced 4.0 Vrms (condition no load)
  • DAC: Cirrus Logic CS4398 x 2 (dual DAC)
  • Decoding: Support up to 24 bit / 192 kHz bit-to-bit decoding
  • Input: USB micro-B input for charging and data transfer (PC and Mac) / connection mode: MTP (media device)
  • Outputs: Phones (3.5 mm) / balanced out (2.5 mm, only 4-pole supported)
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
  • Bluetooth: V4.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptX HD)
  • Frequency response: +/- 0.11 dB (condition 20 Hz–20 kHz) unbalanced / +/- 0.09 dB (condition 20 Hz–20 kHz) balanced; +/- 0.5 dB (condition 10 Hz–70 kHz) unbalanced / +/- 0.5 dB (condition 10 Hz–70 kHz) balanced
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 118 dB at 1 kHz unbalanced / 119 dB at 1 kHz balanced
  • Crosstalk: 136 dB at 1 kHz unbalanced / 138 dB at 1 kHz balanced
  • THD + N: 0.0005% at 1 kHz unbalanced / 0.0005% at 1 kHz balanced
  • IMD SMPTE: 0.0003% 800 Hz 10 kHz (4:1) unbalanced / 0.0003% 800 Hz 10 kHz (4:1) balanced
  • Output impedance: Balanced out 3.5mm (3 ohm) / phones 3.5 mm (1.5 ohm)
  • Clock jitter: 45 ps (typ)
  • Battery capacity: 2,500mAh 3.7V li-polymer battery
  • Built-in memory: 64 GB (NAND)
  • External memory: microSD (max 256 GB) x 1
  • Supported OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 (32/64 bit), Mac OS X 10.7 and up
  • Feature enhancements: Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
  • Dimensions: 2.47 x 3.81 x 0.59 in (6.3 x 9.7 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 5.29 oz (150 g)
Included
  • USB cable
  • Screen protector
  • Quick start guide
  • Manufacturer’s 1-year warranty
Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Drop.

Estimated ship date is May 28, 2019 PT.

After this product run ends, payment will be collected and orders will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all orders final. Check the discussion for updates on your order.