Astell&Kern - A&ultima SP3000

Flagship Digital Audio Player

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In case you receive the Astell&Kern - A&ultima SP3000 with a manufacturing defect, please raise a return request within 7 days of delivery.

However, if you receive an incorrect / damaged / different product or one with missing accessories, please raise a return request within 24 hours of delivery. In case you receive a product with a missing, incorrect, or faulty accessory, you will be given a replacement accessory instead of the entire product.

Please make sure that the product is in the original packaging with all the accessories it came with. We'll also need an unboxing video and images of the parcel to investigate about the discrepancy. You may be asked to share images of the product and the packaging received for us to determine the damage or defect prior to approving the return request. The free replacement will be shipped only once the original order is returned.

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- The product is not different from what was shipped to you
- The product is returned in original condition (with brand’s/manufacturer's box, MRP tag intact, user manual, warranty card and all the accessories therein)

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Warranty & Services

Don't sweat it, this Astell&Kern - A&ultima SP3000 comes with a 1 Year warranty from Astell&Kern that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

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Designed in
Korea

1 Year of
Warranty

Ideal for Audiophiles

These DAPs are designed for discerning music lovers. If audio quality is important to you, DAPs like these would be ideal.


You can expect these DAPs to present you with a refined listening experience. The audio quality exhibited by these DAPs is a beautiful mix of musicality, technical brilliance and high precision.


These DAPs deliver a spacious & open soundstage that makes you feel you are sitting at a live concert. Experience the magic and delve into pure sonic tranquility!


Best Suited for Portable Use

For those who value them, being able to carry their favourite DAP when they are on the move is invaluable.


These DAPs offer the ultimate portability experience without sacrificing sound quality. If you’re someone who appreciates cutting-edge engineering, quality sound and portability, then look no further.


Designed to be trusty companions, these DAPs are cleverly engineered with the latest technology to offer the ultimate combination of portability & Hi-Fidelity!


Bluetooth with
LDAC & aptX HD

Battery Life

DAPs with built-in batteries offer easy operation without the annoyance of wires.


Battery life is a measurement of battery performance. It is the amount of time your DAPs will still have enough juice to power your headphones or IEMs. It can be summed up; as how long a battery will last before your DAPs need to be recharged.


Nothing interferes with your music, thanks to the high-performance and long-lasting battery. No interruptions, just pure sonic bliss!


2.5mm & 4.4mm
Balanced Output

Upto 6.3Vrms
Power Output

AKM AK4191 x2 & AK4499EX x4
DAC Chip

Volume Controls

256 GB
Internal Memory

Battery Capacity of
5050 mAh

INTRODUCING A NEW ADDITION TO THE WIDELY POPULAR A&ULTIMA SERIES, THE SP3000

Astell&Kern is renowned for offering hugely well-liked DAPs that have revolutionised the audio industry. Astell&Kern has achieved great success with their A&ultima series of DAPs. They have been known for their exceptional build and sound quality. Building on the lineage, Astell&Kern brings the all-new flagship DAP, the SP3000, into the A&ultima series. The Astell&Kern SP3000 is the world's first DAP with independent Dual Audio Circuitry and the latest DAC with HEXA structure design. It features flagship DAC chips from AKM and has a HEXA DAC structure at its core that delivers pristine digital to analogue conversion without jitter. The A&ultima SP3000 also features TERATON ALPHA which is Astell&Kern's ultimate sound solution to produce audio playback that is close to the original sound through the audio output interface by use of effective power noise removal, efficient power management and amplification with minimal distortion. The SP3000 supports PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) 8kHz ~ 768kHz (8/16/24/32 bits per Sample) and DSD (Direct Stream Digital) Native: DSD64(1 bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128(1 bit 5.6MHz), Stereo DSD256(1 bit 11.2MHz), Stereo / DSD512(1 bit 22.4MHz), Stereo. Experience music at all-new levels that you haven't experienced before with the Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000!

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HEXA DAC STRUCTURE FUSED WITH FLAGSHIP DAC CHIP FROM AKM DELIVERS EXCEPTIONAL SONIC PERFORMANCE

The Astell&Kern SP3000 is a flagship product with the latest technology and uncompromising design. Astell&Kern worked with AKM from the initial development stage to develop the DAC and circuit structure. Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM) has developed a new flagship stereo D/A converter (DAC), the VELVET SOUND | VERITATM AK4499EX, which has a complete separation of digital and analogue circuits solution in conjunction with the AK4191. The SP3000 features dual AKM4191EQ (Dual Modulator) + Quad AKM4499EX DAC chips (Dual + Dual DAC). The design uses the latest high-quality sound technology and a separate digital/analogue solution to achieve spectacular sound. The analogue characteristics also exceed those of the integrated D/A predecessor AK4499, allowing you to experience an unprecedented level of life-like sound. As a result of the partnership, the SP3000 has four AK4499EX DACs. The SP3000 incorporates the novel HEXA structure architecture in which two AK4191EQs analyse digital signals. These independently provide incredible sound. The SP3000’s advanced HEXA structure reduces the noise of the digital signal input through the AK4191EQ, a separate digital delta-sigma modulator, and the AK4499EX DAC processes the analogue signals separately. In a HEXA structure, the complete separation of digital and analogue signals is accomplished. It is now possible to experience an astounding degree of sound that has never been experienced before because of the application of this novel design, which enables digital and analogue signal processing to be separate for the first time in a digital audio player.

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FEATURES INDEPENDENT DUAL AUDIO CIRCUITS WITH TERATON ALPHA TECHNOLOGY AND CROSSFEED

Astell&Kern engineers strived to develop a DAP, never having been engineered or experienced. The engineers at Astell&Kern utilise TERATON ALPHA, AK's Ultimate Sound Solution, which has been enhanced for the SP3000. Through effective power noise elimination, effective power management, unwavering amplification, and a fully converted audio output interface, TERATON ALPHA, Astell&Kern's exclusive technology, has been developed to produce audio playback; as similar to the original sound as possible. The HEXA DAC structure and independent dual audio circuit, implemented for the first time in the SP3000, are paired with TERATON ALPHA's sound solution to create the purest original sound. To develop an innovative DAP, not just a great DAP, Astell&Kern tried to overcome limitations by envisioning an independent dual audio circuit with a HEXA structure and unbalanced and balanced outputs. To overcome the limitations, a team of engineers at Astell&Kern designed a HEXA structure using two AKM4191EQs and four AKM4499EXs, creating an innovative unbalanced and balanced, independent dual audio circuit design. The SP3000 achieves an SNR of 130dB, the best of any DAP available. Listening to headphones, where the left and right channels are separated, may cause increased ear fatigue. The moment you turn on "Crossfeed", the experience of crisp but comfortable sound begins. Crossfeed mixes parts of the original signal from one channel and sends that signal to the opposite channel with a time difference to centre the sound image. With detailed settings such as Shelf Cutoff, Shelf Gain, and Mixer Level, you can set the level of crossfeed according to your listening preferences. You can feel the clean, pure delicacy of sound with the SP3000 that you cannot experience in any other DAP!

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SNAPDRAGON OCTA-CORE CPU FOR SMOOTH AND OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE WITH BLUETOOTH 5.0 AND WIFI CONNECTIVITY

Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000 is equipped with a Snapdragon 6125 Octa-core processor so you can enjoy the overwhelming sound, faster system response and a redesigned generation user interface that moves comfortably and smoothly. Featuring a high-performance Qualcomm® Adreno™ 610 GPU, Qualcomm® Kryo™ 260 CPU (Octa-core), and improved 8GB of DDR4 memory, which is twice the amount commonly used, the more powerful system is stable with fast and fluid movement. The CPU, memory and wireless communication parts are configured as one module, with the digital circuit parts arranged in the same area creating a single system on a chip (SoC). This design maximises the efficiency of the overall circuit configuration by providing more audio-only circuit space, reducing heat and noise from digital circuits. BT Sink function connects the SP3000 to an external device via Bluetooth, similar to connecting a smartphone with a BT speaker. Music from an external device, such as a smartphone, can now be played back in high-quality on the SP3000 using the BT Sink function. The Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000 with Bluetooth 5.0 supports aptX HD and LDAC codec support. The Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000 also supports audio formats like WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, and MQA. It also supports 2.4G and 5G Wi-Fi compatibility to ensure a quick and reliable internet connection. The Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000 also supports Roon READY. It has Roon’s high-resolution streaming technology built right in. They combine simple setup, daily reliability, and support for the highest level of digital audio performance.
aptx HD

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DIGITAL AUDIO REMASTER TECHNOLOGY FOR NATURAL, VIVID AND AUTHENTIC SOUND

Digital Audio Remaster (DAR) technology, created to offer excellent sound at greater sample rates, is built into the SP3000. DAR technology is developed to up-sample the sample rate of the sound source to go beyond the limits of the source format. The high sample rate allows more refined play offering delicate and analogue-like original sound, helping you to enjoy the richness of your music, subtle differences in the nuance of the music and rich sounds at a higher level. With the SP3000, you can have fun creating your sound style by selecting various DAC filters provided by the DAC manufacturer. Choose from six different DAC filters to create your desired sound: low dispersion, extremely slow roll-off, short delay quick roll-off, and sharp roll-off. With this customisation at your fingertips, you can customise the sound according to your preferences. A shield prevents various noises and electromagnetic interference from affecting the audio block. The SP3000 takes it a notch further to achieve excellent audio performance and perfect shielding by applying highly conductive, high-purity silver on the existing shield can and physically separating digital and analogue signals.

NOTE: The DAR function can be turned on and off and you may select it to suit the source sound and your own preferences. Max PCM rate 384kHz/DSD256 conversion play is supported, and the files will be converted to and played in the sample rates that fit the source sound.

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NEW GENERATION UI WITH THE ADOPTION OF 5.46 INCH FULL HD DISPLAY FOR EASY OPERABILITY

Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000 features a newly developed UX/UI, the SP3000 focuses on the process and experience of listening to music, and Astell&Kern wanted to develop a player for music so that you can feel this process. The new theme is designed to focus on the experience of rediscovering songs that you have forgotten; you can quickly browse through music categories with simple gestures. A convenient search feature along with album art has been featured so that you can enjoy a digital display of CD album covers of your music collection. The SP3000 gives you the pleasure of listening to music and easy operability while operating the device. In addition, the Crimson theme, one of the main features of the new generation UI, is designed so that you can feel the appearance of the SP3000 on the screen. The graphics are simple and unobtrusive, focusing on usability and intuitiveness. Three key concepts, Edge, Simple, and Dark Mode, were used to improve usability and increase clarity. The black and red theme colours reduce eye fatigue, maximise battery usage and reduce heat generation. Experience the SP3000 more conveniently and comfortably with a wide 5.46-inch; 1080 x 1920 touch screen and large-screen Full HD display.

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EQUIPPED WITH FAST CHARGING, REAL-TIME INFORMATION, AND AK FILE DROP

Inside the A&ultima's beautiful volume wheel are LED lights shaped like a majestic musical sound swirling through the unit. You can check the bit depth information of the currently playing song or the set AMP mode through the LED light that spreads intensely from inside the SP3000. The new AK File Drop function in the SP3000 makes file transfer easy and more convenient. Using AK File Drop, you can freely transfer files wirelessly through a PC, smartphone, or FTP program on the same network. Music file management is now possible with a cableless, wireless solution. The SP3000 supports Qualcomm QC 3.0 fast charging and has a 5,050mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer battery, so you can charge your DAP faster and more efficiently than previous models, reaching a full charge in about 3.5 hours. The playback time is about 10 hours (Standard: FLAC, 16bit, 44.1kHz, Vol.80, LCD Off, Low Gain).

NOTE: LED light can be turned on/off in the user settings and changes based on sound source information and the AMP mode selected.

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REPLAYGAIN AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTS PLAYBACK VOLUME AND SUPPORTS WIRELESS TRANSFERS

ReplayGain, which adjusts sound sources with different volumes to an optimal level, has been applied. Now, enjoy your playlists seamlessly through the ReplayGain feature on SP3000. ReplayGain supports up to 24-bit/192 kHz sound sources. With Astell&Kern's superior audio technology, the SP3000 offers Native DSD512 and up to 32bit/768kHz, allowing you to enjoy your favourite music. The battery capacity will give you about 10 hours (Standard: FLAC, 16bit, 44.1kHz, Vol.80, LCD Off, Low Gain) of playtime. The SP3000 has a built-in memory of 256GB and expandable support for 1TB with microSD.

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EXQUISITELY CRAFTED WITH STAINLESS STEEL 904L BODY

The polished stainless-steel body shines every moment, and the beautifully shimmering LED light and sharply machined ceramic panel further emphasise the luxury. The SP3000 has a thoughtful design and processing and offers the ultimate beauty that matches the ultimate sound. To achieve the goal of the A&ultima series, which is to provide the best value that no one can imitate while using the most innovative and uncompromising design and craftsmanship, the SP3000 uses 904L stainless steel material that has never been attempted before in a portable audio player. Using this material has expanded its value from just a digital device to the realm of a luxury good. 904L stainless steel is more difficult to process than general stainless steel requiring significantly more time and effort. Experience the uncompromising beauty and luxury of the SP3000 produced by Astell&Kern’s experienced craftsmanship.

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NOW AVAILABLE IN COPPER LIMITED EDITION

A&ultima SP3000 incorporates Astell&Kern's belief in creating the best sound from material to design. The SP3000 Copper is a limited edition model that reaffirms Astell&Kern's philosophy of exceptional sound to the very last detail. The SP3000 Copper Limited Edition, created by Astell&Kern's experienced craftsman, and having a stunning finish, brings technical benefits, including excellent electrical conductivity and shielding, contributing to outstanding audio performance. The SP3000 Copper has a harmonious and elegant sound that allows you to feel the emotion and rhythm of the audio connecting you deeply to the music you're listening to.

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THOUGHTFUL INPUTS AND OUTPUTS AND BUNDLED WITH A PREMIUM LEATHER CASE

The Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000 has a USB Type-C input (for charging & PC & MAC). It is compatible with Windows 8,10,11 (32/64bit) MAC OS X 10.7. It has numerous outputs like unbalanced Out (3.5mm), Optical Out (3.5mm), balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported | 4.4m, only 5-pole supported) with output impedance as unbalanced Out 3.5mm (0.8ohm) and 2.5mm (2.0ohm), 4.4mm (1.8ohm) for balanced out. The SP3000 comes with a French goatskin leather case to protect and highlight the beauty of the 904L stainless steel body. The premium goat leather case included with the SP3000 is developed with ALRAN Tannery's unique Hand-Boarding technology. This design technology processes the leather by rubbing it in various directions using wooden planks so you can feel the texture of the surface. The premium goat leather case protects the SP3000 from dust, scratches, and bumps.

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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Astell&Kern - A&ultima SP3000 comes with a 1 Year warranty from Astell&Kern that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about Astell&Kern's warranty in India.

Luxury Meets Innovation: Difference in Sound Quality

Founded in October 2013 in South Korea, Astell&Kern is a premium audio brand renowned for its commitment to delivering uncompromised hi-res audio experiences. Derived from Greek, where "Astell" means "Stars" and "Kern" means "Core," the brand symbolizes the pursuit of capturing the essence of music—the "original sound." Astell&Kern addresses the decline in audio quality due to inferior formats like MP3, aiming to revive sound integrity for musicians and enthusiasts alike.

Their diverse product range, from audio players to earphones, reflects their dedication to precision and accuracy in sound reproduction. With acclaimed offerings like the Astell&Kern AK XB10 and Astell&Kern Billie Jean, they continue to enrich music and listening experiences globally, delivering soul-touching sound.

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What-HiFi

"The SP3000 sounds superb and is packed with useful features. It is good enough to be used as the main source in a premium home system, which makes that price just a bit more palatable."

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Customer Reviews

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Rupesh Parikh (Kalyan)
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Value for Money:
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My Astell & Kern Ultima SP 3000

I will start by mentioning that I am not an Audiophile and I am just sharing my experience and observations with this DAP which is not technical and very generic. Also Music and sound is very subjective so my preferences or likings may be different from others.
1) Ordering and Delivery: This is my first purchase from HPZ and everything was very smooth and delivery was earlier than estimated. Thank you HPZ for your professional approach and customer service
2) Appearance: AK SP 3000 looks like a Jewel. It is beautifully finished and very strong built.
3) Portability: It is big and heavy weighing approx. 0.5 kg so in my opinion it is difficult to carry it in your pocket during commuting and specially when you are using Public Transport then handling it can be a hassle. Listening in office or home is perfectly ok.
4) I prefer to listen music in the finest possible form and the way it was intended which means when I am listening to music I am totally focused and that was the reason I purchased it for best quality sound and I am overjoyed with its performance.
5) Battery life: It has battery life of @7 to 8 hrs. In one charge
6) Sound: It is beautiful sounding DAP. You through any type of file or format available and it produces wonder. I would like to mention here that the output is controlled by type and quality of Headphones or IEMs you are using. Invest in a good Headphone or IEM if you haven’t already. Wired Headphones or IEMs will give you much better performance than wireless as the losses will be lesser.
7) Power: With Hard to drive headphones with impedance of more than 80 ohms, you will need amplification to listen to the intended sound quality.
8)For me, I have purchased an IEM KZ-ZAS with 24 Ohms impedance and it sounds wonderful at just 35% of volume but I am also looking forward to order one Overhead Headphone from Focal once HPZ Credits my Audophile points of AK SP 3000.
9) Overall: It is a great DAP and I am happy with the purchase. I can’t compare with other DAP as this is my first

Thank you for reading of you have😁

Thanks a lot for your detailed and genuine feedback, we're glad that you have such positive thoughts about the product and we'll share your thoughts with the brand as well. It'll also help our fellow customers to make the right choice!

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V.G. (Chennai)
Flagship indeed

This is my second DAP. Am not into headphone gear but my passions lies in car audio. So the DAPs I buy are being used as source in my car audio.. before this I had used ibasso dx320 and this updgrade blew me away.
The first thing to stand out is the width and depth.. yes.. even though the width in a car audio environment is restricted by driver placements, the Sp3k made the width wider as if I felt the sounds coming from my rear view mirrors..
And VELVET AKM the vocals almost melt very nicely into the other music and is such a pleasure to listen to.

And as always, a big shout out to headphonezone.. always was, is and will be a pleasure being a customer

Hey Vignesh, thank you so much for the amazing feedback! It means a lot to us. We are so happy to hear that you are loving our products and services.

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HITEN SAVLA (Mumbai)
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Sound Quality:
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Value for Money:
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Astell&Kern - A&ultima SP3000

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