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Activo - CT10

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The Short Story

Designed in
Korea

Ideal for
Audiophiles

Ideal for Casual
Music Listening

CS4398 DAC
Chip

1 Year of
Warranty

10 Hours of
Battery Life

Upto 400 GB
of Storage

Use Wirelessly
with Bluetooth

Bluetooth with
aptX HD

Best Suited for
Portable Use

DESCRIPTION

Hi-Res Sound Deliverance


A collaboration between Astell&Kern and iRiver brings forth a new music player. The CT10 portable player brings forth a sound output as true as if the music is being played live in front of you. Unlike other portable devices, these do not compress the sound output but give a detailed and fuller sounding experience. In short, a music concert anytime and anywhere you go.

 

High-End Technologies


The compact chassis of the CT10 is fitted with Astell&Kern’s TERATON, a compact module combining advanced hardware technologies. It includes a clock generator, power, amplification, and high-end DAC for high-quality sound.

 

Stylish and Easy Controls


These have a minimalistic design and compact size that fit perfectly in one's hand. The side buttons give you the freedom to control the sound without having to reach into your pocket while the volume control wheel lets you adjust the level of output you receive in your earphones. Altogether these are visually appealing and quite good looking.

 

Effortless Navigation


These come with an interface that is quite similar to a mobile phone which make them easy to use. With the swipe menu, you can quickly move from one menu to another while also giving you an option to customize your shortcuts so you can control the way you use your device seamlessly.

 

Wireless Audio Streaming


The CT10 lets you stream music on the go. Along with the built-in Tidal app, you can also install additional approved apps such as Qobuz, Deezer, Spotify, Amazon Music, SoundCloud and more. Stream online and offline as per your wish.

 

Wireless Audio Storage


Thanks to Bluetooth (with aptX HD) and WiFi you can connect to earphones, headphones, and speakers. From accessing your music libraries on your smart devices to music stored on DLNA compatible systems, everything is made possible with this audio player.

Large storage and Equalizing Options


The CT10 lets you store thousands of songs on the device using a microSD card supporting up to 400GB of expandable storage. Also built-in with 8 pre-set filters and customizable 10-band EQ, you choose the way you listen to your music no matter what the genre.

 

 

SPECS

AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS
DAC CHIP Cirrus Logic CS4398
OUTPUT LEVEL 1.85 Vrms
HI-RES SUPPORT 24-bit/192kHz
SUPPORTED FILE FORMAT MP3, WAV, FLAC, WMA, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
SUPPORTED INPUT USB Micro-B input (for charging & data transfer (PC & MAC)
SUPPORTED OUTPUT Phones (3.5 mm)
BLUETOOTH VERSION v4.1 apt-X HD
BATTERY LIFE Up to 10 hours
HEADPHONE JACK 3.5mm
BUILT-IN STORAGE 16GB [NAND]
EXTERNAL MEMORY microSD (upto 400gb)
WEIGHT 112g
SCREEN RESOLUTION 3.4in LCD
TOUCHSCREEN Yes
DIMENSIONS 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.5cm
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTAINS 1. Activo - CT10 Music Player
2. 5-Pin Micro-USB Cable
3. Quick Start Guide
4. Warranty Card

WARRANTY

Don’t sweat it, This Astell&Kern product is covered by a 1 Year manufacturer's warranty.
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COMPARISON

Activo - CT10 vs competitors
Activo - CT10 Activo - CT10 vs competitors
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Shanling - M2X Shanling - M2X vs competitors
Sony - NW-A55 vs competitors
Sony - NW-A55 Sony - NW-A55 vs competitors
iBasso - DX120 vs competitors
iBasso - DX120 iBasso - DX120 vs competitors
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
USABILITY
Volume Controls Analog wheel Analog wheel Buttons Buttons
Battery Life 10 Hours 10.5 Hours 45 Hours 16 Hours
External Memory Upto 400 GB Upto 2 TB Upto 16 GB 2 Micro SD Card
DAC CS4398 AK4490EN Not disclosed by the brand AK4495 DAC
Balanced Output No Yes No No
Supports Third Party Applications Yes No No No
Bluetooth Codec aptX HD aptX, LDAC and AAC aptX HD & AAC AAC
SHOULD YOU BUY?
Our Verdict

This is a brand new entry in the audio world but underneath the hood. It features a proprietary design that comes with a clock generator, powerful amplification, touch display, Bluetooth, WiFi, and high-end Cirrus Logic DAC. At this price segment, this is the only player that supports third party applications like Tidal, Deezer, Spotify, Amazon music and so on. The ACTIVO CT10 is certainly a great moveable DAP and a great value for money.

The M2x is the successor model of their popular M0 with extra options and better sound high quality. It doesn’t have inner storage, however, its single microSD card slot can help up to 2TB of storage. It’s operating MTouch 2.0 OS makes this player very user-friendly and we would recommend this player for users who are looking out for the best sound at this price segment.

Get your hands on the latest music player with amazing 45 hours of battery life and seamless bluetooth streaming.

This player comes with great amplification and has a headphone amp that is capable of delivering up to 2×400 mW at 32 Ohms which means it can drive headphones up to 300 ohms. If you're looking out for a powerful player at this price segment, the iBasso Dx120 would be the one.

What the Press Say

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"The CT10’s displays excellent balance. Bass lines are weighty and authoritative, with a sweet midrange."
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"If you want a dedicated PMP with direct access to Spotify or Tidal, the Activo CT10 should be a great entry-level option."
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"Awarded the best MP3 players of 2019 cram tons of music into a small package"

Customer Reviews

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Excellent sound quality

Pros
.I generally hear WAV and FLAC files and its sounds pretty good with CT10. It distinguished instruments with proper equalisation. (5stars)
.User interface is good

Cons
.No option of casting through WiFi with tidal and storage.

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D.B.R.
Beautiful Activo CT 10

Thanks for giving me opportunity for reviewing Activo CT10.Well designed.Though simple yet beautiful. Comfortable to handle and ergonomic to operate. Sound quality is excellent. Every instrument is heard distinctly and no muffling and no jamming.
At my level I can give 5 stars
Don’t laugh, I have only Apple earphones.

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