Astell&Kern - ACRO CA1000T

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Why Astell&Kern is Special

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Designed in Korea

Established & Reputed

Trust us, our reputation in the audio world speaks for itself!


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Born in 2004

Why we love this DAC/Amp

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Connect With Cable

This device comes with multiple connectivity options. Be sure to check if your source and output support these input and output options.

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INTRODUCING ACRO CA1000T, THE ANSWER TO YOUR ALL-IN-ONE HI-FIDELITY AUDIO SYSTEM

An all-in-one Head-Fi audio system designed for you who wants to experience phenomenal sound wherever you go is the Astell&Kern ACRO CA1000T. The multifunctional ACRO CA1000T is the ideal desktop companion, playing sources of the highest audio quality and offering a variety of input/output choices. The Astell&Kern ACRO CA1000T is an innovative device that can act as a headphone amp, Digital-to-analogue converter, and a Hi-Res Digital Audio Player. It is an adaptable solution for the home or workplace thanks to Astell&Kern's exclusive TERATON ALPHA technology and a powerful headphone amplifier. It uses the best battery power to deliver incredibly high-quality music wherever it is used, negating the need for a mains power source connection. Thanks to its dual-tube applied Triple Amp System, four levels of gain that can drive the most sensitive IEMs and difficult-to-drive headphones, and ESS Technology's flagship ES9039MPRO Dual-DAC. You can find everything you need for a comprehensive head-fi audio system in the Astell&Kern ACRO CA1000T!

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FEATURES DUAL ESS FLAGSHIP DAC CHIP AND SEVEN DAC FILTERS FOR UNRIVALLED SONIC PERFORMANCE

The dual ES9039MPRO in the ACRO CA1000T are combined for the first time to produce audio, which is more balanced and expansive than you can conceive. An additional ES9039PRO variant with an integrated stereo hardware MQA renderer is the ES9039MPRO. It includes even more sophisticated modulation than the current flagship DAC to improve music performance by lowering power consumption, noise, and distortions inside the DAC to enhance audio performance. To improve the ES9039MPRO's performance, Astell&Kern created and developed a new amp block design, enabling it to produce more intense and balanced sounds with clear highs and deeper & richer bass extensions. You can choose from seven DAC filters on the ACRO CA1000T to design your unique sound. Design your sound with the seven DAC filters the Minimum phase, Linear Phase Apodizing, Linear Phase Fast Roll-Off, Linear Phase Slow Roll-Off, Minimum Phase Fast Roll-Off, Minimum Phase Slow Roll-Off, and Minimum Phase Slow Roll-Off Low Dispersion.

NOTE: For more information about the DAC filters, please refer to the FAQ section.

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NEXT-GENERATION TRIPLE AMP SYSTEM AND PATENTED TERATON ALPHA TECH FOR CLEAN AMPLIFICATION

The Astell&Kern ACRO CA1000T goes above and beyond the conventional method of choosing an AMP Mode based on the genre of music. Choose from the new HYBRID AMP mode, OP AMP mode, or TUBE AMP mode. While TUBE AMP mode offers a distinctively warm and melodic tone, OP AMP mode makes use of Astell&Kern's experience in AMP technology to create clear and dynamic sound. A first for digital audio players, the HYBRID AMP mode improves the TUBE AMP mode's resolution and clarity to communicate more melodic information. The benefits of high-resolution output and vintage analogue performance are combined in the HYBRID AMP mode, which lets you enjoy a new tonal characteristic. TERATON ALPHA, the core of Astell&Kern's audio technologies, is included on the ACRO CA1000T. Without TERATON ALPHA, AK's Ultimate Sound Solution, it would have been impossible to realise the strong output from the most detailed headphones and the convoluted signal path of a dual tube and triple amp system with low noise. Astell&Kern further improved TERATON ALPHA using knowledge learned from the design of the Hybrid Tube System found in their SP2000T and the noise removal from the iconic CA1000.

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OFFERS 4-LEVELS OF GAIN SETTINGS AND UP TO 15VRMS OUTPUT FOR EASY DRIVABILITY

The Astell&Kern ACRO CA1000T features four gain level settings, allowing virtually any pair of headphones to be powered or driven at their peak performance. You may adjust and dial in their preferred volume output thanks to the device's 4-level gain adjustment, which can produce an output power that best suits a device's features and sound. Additionally, it can run high-impedance headphones because of its output power of up to 15 Vrms. When using devices with various impedances at the gain level setting, the output ports' electrical capacity has been increased to help maintain stability. The balanced and unbalanced volume controllers optimise electricity flow and reduce noise for the best audio. You may experience exceptional device performance and heart-touchingly clear and detailed sound with Astell&Kern's ACRO CA1000T.

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FULLY BALANCED CIRCUIT WITH DUAL-TUBE AND CROSSFEED FUNCTIONALITY

The Astell&Kern ACRO CA1000T has dual Twin Triode KORG Nutube 6P1 tubes, which were implemented for the first time in their award-winning SP2000T, offering advanced tube sounds. The ACRO CA1000T has a Balanced circuit that separates "left" and "right" channels with two vacuum tubes, creating even more natural and softer sounds. The Tube AMP and OPAMP mode provide a powerful 15 Vrms output, and the headphone ports allow you to enjoy the unique sounds of vacuum tubes without any limitations or distortions. The ACRO CA1000T also features Crossfeed functionality, allowing you to experience music on headphones as if you were listening to a pair of speakers. The "left" and "right" channels are separated in a headphone environment, and extended listening may cause 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. You can adjust the level of Crossfeed to suit your listening tastes by using intricate parameters like Shelf Cutoff, Shelf Gain, and Mixer Level.

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EQUIPPED WITH BLUETOOTH 5.0 AND DUAL-BAND WIFI FOR WIRELESS PLAYBACK WITH 16X MQA SUPPORT

The Astell&Kern ACRO CA1000T has Bluetooth 5.0 with codec support for Qualcomm® aptX™ HD and LDAC, allowing you to stream music wirelessly. It also supports Dual-Band Wi-Fi. The ACRO CA1000T supports the MQA 16X Full Decoder via the hardware renderer. In addition, MQA sound sources can be input and output through Optical In/Out. The ACRO CA1000T completes a perfect all-in-one Head-Fi audio system for you. It is also equipped with AK File Drop to enjoy wireless transfers. The new AK File Drop function in the ACRO CA1000T makes file transfers seamless and more convenient. Using AK File Drop, you can freely transfer files wirelessly through a PC, smartphone, or FTP program; located on the same network. Music file management is now possible with a cableless, wireless solution. The BT Sink function on the ACRO CA1000T connects the ACRO CA1000T 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 ACRO CA1000T using the BT Sink function.
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WHOPPING 11 HOURS OF PLAYTIME WITH OPTIMISED DEVICE CARE WITH USB-PD 2.0 CHARGING

The Astell&Kern ACRO CA1000T supports USB-PD 2.0 charging with 9V/3A and provides 11 hours of continuous playback when fully charged. Due to the long-term connection to the power supply while connected to various audio devices, long-term charging can shorten battery life. The ACRO CA1000T has a battery protection mode feature that helps extend battery life. When battery protection mode is enabled, the battery is charged up to 85%, and then the charging stops. If the battery drops below 80%, the battery will start charging again and charge up to 85%. Enjoy the ACRO CA1000T's powerful sound while being optimised for longer with the ACRO CA1000T's battery protection mode.

NOTE: Battery protection mode will be supported through a firmware update.

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ELEGANT FUTURISTIC DESIGN FUSED WITH LED INDICATOR FOR REAL-TIME INFORMATION

The Astell&Kern ACRO CA1000T inherits its form and style from the previous model, the CA1000, with subtle redesigns to better represent its improved powerful performance. Astell&Kern chose a darker colour to tone down the increased complexity of the parts, such as the amp button and the upper lighting glass, giving it a more impactful design aesthetic compared to the CA1000. The upper lighting glass shows an image of the amp gleaming through the vacuum glass when the vacuum amp is in operation in an etched pattern. This allows you to understand the amp mode’s current status. The volume wheel design is the key AK interface and has a gently widening diameter, expressing a powerful burst of output that has been compressed through the vacuum amp. The golden-coloured accent ring was changed from aluminium to stainless steel to add a hint of luxury to the design, while also allowing it to have a more intense reflection that juxtaposes it against the dark colour of the rich grey body. The ACRO CA1000T has the unique and beautiful design identity of Astell&Kern, along with convenient utility that conveys the sheer joy of sound. The ACRO CA1000T has a tilted display that can be adjusted, with a gentle touch but is still heavy enough to stand firmly on a desk or a table. You may adjust it by up to 60 degrees to suit your environment and preferred viewing angle.

NOTE: For more information on real-time information using LED indicators refer to the FAQ section.

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EXTENSIVE INPUT AND OUTPUT OPTIONS FOR EASY CONNECTIVITY AND COMPATIBILITY

The Astell&Kern ACRO CA1000T is an all-in-one Head-Fi audio system that provides easy connectivity with external audio devices and speakers thanks to its diverse range of input/output ports. The ACRO CA1000T offers an extensive range of input/output options that can meet the needs of audiophiles looking to build their ideal Head-Fi system with maximum utility. The ACRO CA1000T offers headphone output ports like 3.5mm, 6.35mm Unbalanced, 2.5mm 4.4mm Balanced Output. The 3.5mm port may also act as an optical output. You will find Mini XLR and RCA outputs on the backside. Balanced Mini XLR and Unbalanced RCA output with circuits that minimise noise and distortion offer the best sound to the amp and external audio devices through lineout; so that it can effortlessly support active speakers and a desktop Head-Fi sound environment. The ACRO CA1000T can receive signals from various external devices via its coaxial and optical digital inputs and a 4.4mm analogue input, allowing you to build your perfect audio system. Receive digital and analogue signals from an external DAC, interface, and external source devices and use them with the convenient integrated CA1000T system. The ACRO CA1000T also supports Type-C USB DAC functionality. Enjoy perfect sound from both Mac and Windows PCs, as the CA1000T can play ultra-high-quality sound sources. In addition, it supports network play, such as AK Connect and Roon Ready, as well as various streaming apps through high-quality Bluetooth and Dual-Band Wi-Fi, completing a perfect all-in-one Head-Fi audio system for audiophiles.

NOTE: Roon Ready function will be released through a firmware update..

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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Astell&Kern - ACRO CA1000T 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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"While the original unit had a stellar performance, the CA1000T exclusively improves upon its every aspect and adds even more features to play around with."

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"If you're looking for a really strong DAP, and not just any DAP, but a music player that you will always use when you're at your desk, which has 4 headphone outputs, Astell&Kern Acro CA1000T is literally the best to purchase at this moment."

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