Astell & Kern - AK240 - Digital Audio Player
The Astell & Kern AK240 is by far the most popular high-end model available in Australia, and for good reason. Astell&Kern decided to take their AK 120 player and take the componentry and engineering to a new level. Introducing the AK240, with Dual DACs to enable the clearest sound. One of the DACs controls the left channel, while the other controls (you guessed it) the right channel. By utilising not one, but two Cirrus Logic CS4398 DACs, this Digital Audio Player can completely separate the two channels for more control and the highest fidelity.
The AK240 supports a wide range of audio formats, ensuring you spend more time listening to your library versus worrying about converting it. Supported Formats include: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, FLAC, WAV, ALAC and AIFF.
Increasing sound quality further, Astell & Kern has included a balanced output with Native DSD playback. DSD is a format originally developed for SACDs and provides a significant increase in audio quality. Most Digital Audio Players on the market have to convert DSD to PCM, but the AK240 can natively play your DSD audio files, without degradation or conversion. Thanks to the XMOS chip and the Dual Dac Cirrus Logic CS4398, native DSD playback is achieved. Normally, you will find that DSD is converted to PCM by the CPU and then passed onto the DAC, with this DAP, the DSD audio file is processed by a dedicated DSD chipset, and then passed to the DAC.
The Astell & Kern AK240, an advanced high-resolution portable audio player. The AK240, equipped with dual DACs, is synonymous with the delivery of an outstanding sonic experience. Alongside the audiophile-grade quality, the AK240 also has a touch screen interface that's very user-friendly. If you like listening to your music, rather than just hearing it, the Astell & Kern AK240 will make you sit down and listen.
The AK240 audio player fully supports a plethora of formats including 24 Bit / 192 kHz high-resolution audio. The player also supports the increasingly-popular native DSD (Direct Stream-Digital) audio format. Of course, the Astell & Kern can also play other audio formats including WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG & APE. With all the high-resolution quality audio formats supported, you can enjoy music at the purest level.
The AK240 player comes with an on-board memory capacity of 256 GB which provides plenty of space for a tonne of high-res files. If you're in need of additional space, there is a micro SD card slot that supports up to an extra 128 GB, bringing the total to 384GB.
The player is also equipped with the Cirrus Logic CS4398 digital to analogue converter. The CS4398 converter chip supports both single-ended and balanced outputs. It is also supplemented with an XMOS chip that supports the native DSD formats, providing you with the highest resolution audio playback. The player also has a micro USB slot for transferring music from your PC or Mac. The Micro USB Subtype B slot enables accurate & easy transfer of audio files and charging. The premium-feel grooved volume wheel makes it easy to adjust volume with ease. It's also strategically located for convenient access.
The high-resolution 3.31-inch touch screen has an intuitive interface which allows you to navigate easily and track through your tracks quickly. Finding and keeping your audio tracks in order is made simple with helpful features including album art.
The AK240's rechargeable Li-Polymer battery enables the player to playback audio continuously for up to 14 hours.