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Astell&Kern - AK Jr

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Astell&Kern always brings the world's best DAPs to the table with its years of experience. The AK Jr is another very affordable stunner. The Astell&Kern AK Jr Portable High Definition Music Player and DAC is a pocket-sized audio system capable of studio Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) support and playback. The AK Jr also supports 2.8 MHz DSD64 playback by converting to PCM.

The AK Jr is predominantly made from metal that is cool anodised aluminium. The AK Jr has an integrated single-channel Wolfson WM8740 DAC for exemplary sound quality and detail. It can also be used as an external DAC with your Mac or PC via USB. This hi-res player features 64GB of inbuilt memory and a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB.

The 3.1" WQVGA touchscreen provides an easy to use interface while the sleek aluminum body and volume wheel are smooth and robust. The AK Jr comes with a set of screen protectors and a micro-USB cable. The highly efficient battery nestled below that study aluminium body, delivers upto 9 hours of continuous music and will get you grooving comfortably through the day. 


  • The Starting Point of Music


    Astell&Kern always brings the world's best DAPs to the table with its  years of experience. The AK Jr is another very affordable stunner. The Astell&Kern  AK Jr Portable High Definition Music Player and DAC is a pocket-sized audio system capable of studio Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) support and playback. The AK Jr also supports 2.8 MHz DSD64 playback by converting to PCM. . 

    USB DAC


    The AK Jr can also function as an external DAC (sound card) when connected to a PC or Mac via USB. When playing music stored on a computer, the AK Jr delivers the same high level of audio quality while eliminating the need for a built-in sound card. - The AK Jr's EQ settings are disabled when used as a USB DAC. The USB DAC feature also supports UAC 1.0 (USB Audio Class 1.0 / 24-bit, 96 kHz) audio output.

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    Design Story

    The AK Jr simplifies complex features of Hi-Fi audio to a smartphone-like experience. The simplified design exemplifies the original concept of the AK Jr. The raised screen provides secure grip and slims down the profile from 8.9mm to 6.9mm. The full aluminum body and textured aluminum volume wheel allows smooth one-handed operation.

    Increased output and lowered impedance

    The AK Jr's output level of 1.95 VRMS represents a 14% increase over the AK100's 1.5 VRMS. Our engineers have reduced the output impedance to 2 Ohms for a significant gain in sound fidelity from the AK100’s 22 Ohms.As the AK Jr supports many various types of earphones and headphones, a separate amplifier is unnecessary.
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    64GB + 64GB microSD

    The AK Jr features 64GB of memory to store more music than ever before. Supporting microSD cards up to 64 GB, the AK Jr is capable of offering a whopping total storage capacity of 128 GB! The combined 128GB of internal memory and external microSD card capacity is capable of holding more than 1,250 high resolution audio. (Based on one, 4-minute song @ 24 bit/96 kHz, taking up 90MB)

    Full Touch Screen

    The 3.1" WQVGA LCD touchscreen provides smartphone-like full touch capabilities with a responsive interface and a larger screen for more information. Album covers are now displayed in a 1:1 aspect on the AK Jr’s larger screen.
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    DSD to PCM


    The AK70 supports real time playback in Master Quality Sound (MQS) from any location where network is available, allowing users to enjoy high-quality music from GroovThe AK Jr supports DSD, the digital audio format widely considered to be the next-generation in high resolution audio. Listen to a greater range of audio through DSD. - The AK Jr converts 2.8 MHz DSD files to PCM.

    Sleek Aluminium Design


    The AK Jr is one of the best looking hi-res players available today and is a beautifully crafted piece of hardware that'll give most portable high res players a run for their money. The Jr is made predominantly from anodised aluminium and has a machined industrial look that's all straight lines and no curves. 

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    Supports Bluetooth 4.0 for Wireless Convenience


    The AK Jr lets you stream your music to your wireless headphones, hi-fi systems or car stereos easily with the help of its Bluetooth 4.0 codec.

     


    Supports Multiple File Formats  

    The Astell&Kern AK Jr is capable of seamlessly supporting a vast collection of music files across all formats be it, DXD, DSD 64/128, PCM @384kHz/64bit, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, or APE.
  • 20Hz - 20000Hz; ±0.04 dB
    20Hz - 70000Hz; ±0.03 dB
    Output: 2 Ohms





    3.5mm Jack
    <0.005%@1KHz






    Dimensions -  5.3 x 11.7 x 0.9 cm
    Weight - 93 g
    Power - USB Micro B Input
    Battery display - Yes
    Battery Capacity - 1450 mAH
    Battery Life - >9 Hours




  • One Year 
    Manufacturer's
    Warranty

    Authorized Service Partner: Headphone Zone

    Manufacturer's Warranty covers only manufacturing defects. To claim warranty, please maintain a copy of your invoice and Contact Headphone Zone.

  • "Product of the Year, Awards 2015. This high-res player isn't cheap, but its build quality and performance make it a formidable, portable pleasure. Nothing about the way the AK Jr looks or feels speaks of cost-cutting."
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    "The Astell & Kern AK Jr marries classic design with class-leading sound, making it one of the best high-res players for the money. It offers excellent design and great usability -- from the dedicated volume dial to the no-nonsense menu."
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    "With a sleek and compact design, plenty of features, and smartphone-crushing sound, emerges as the portable hi-res player to beat. In fact, when it comes to sheer value, this device is in strong contention for best-in-class in the portable hi-fi market."
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    "The AK Jr is blessed with good looks and great sound quality to make it one of the best ways to take your high res audio out and about. If you're sold on the benefits of Hi-Res Audio, though, there more to like about the Jr than just its sleek exterior."
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    "Jr has a few serious design flaws. But, in my opinion, it is A&K’s best current portable DAP. It is slimmer, lighter, and less arbitrarily designed than either the AK240 or the AK380."
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    "The Astell & Kern AK Jr is all about sharp lines and a modern, almost alien shape. Built of aluminium and with a glass back, the AK Jr's entry-level credentials don't show at all in the way it's designed. It's also incredibly slim and pocketable."
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Category: 1 Year, 1450mAh, 195Vrms, 2 Ohm, 24, 3.1" WQVGA Screen, 3.5mm TRS, 64 GB, 64GB (NAND), Bluetooth, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro SD (256GB) x1, Single, Single Memory Card, Touchscreen, Upto 256 GB, USB In, Wolfson WM8740

Customer Reviews

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Amazing Sound in a Sleek Package

The Ak Jr looks gorgeous. It is well built and compact. I paired it with my V-moda M100s, loaded some flacs and wow! What an experience! There is zero noise and the sound is crystal clear with rich bass and a massive soundstage.

The only downside is that the interface is slightly sluggish and less responsive. That being said, it is still perfectly useable and can be forgiven considering how amazing the audio performance is.

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Excellent Service

Excellent Delivery

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Astell & Kern

It is always best to own an audio player because music keeps your life's rythm intact. But this is just not an ordinary DAP as it also functions as a DAC.

I have been listening to the songs from it and it was always a great sound production from such a tiny device as this which is extraordinary.

I suggest anyone to close their eyes for buying it except for if the price doesn't stomp you!

Hey Arun, thanks for writing in an awesome review! We invite you to our Audiophile community on facebook called The Indian Audiophile Forum. Here, check it out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/The.Indian.Audiophile.Forum/ There are a lot of Audiophiles there sharing their gear, their audio files, engaging on hot new releases and simply talking the audiophile lingo.