Astell&Kern - AK PA10

Portable Class-A Amplifier

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In case you receive the Astell&Kern - AK PA10 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.

A replacement will be issued only if:

- It is found to be defective
- It is determined that the product was not damaged while in your possession
- 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 - AK PA10 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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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!


This headphone or gear comes from a well-respected brand known for its high-quality audio equipment, so you can be confident in your purchase.


If you see a product marked as “🎖️ Established & Reputed”, it means you're getting a top-tier device from a brand that's earned its stripes in the audio industry.

Revered by Audiophiles

Audiophiles can be really picky and tough to impress and if the audiophile community says something sounds good, you can bet it's great!


This headphone or gear has gained recognition and admiration from audiophiles, who are known for their discerning taste in high-fidelity audio. They appreciate its precision, attention to detail and its ability to deliver an immersive sonic experience.


If you see a product marked as "🙌🏻 Revered by Audiophiles", it means that it meets the highest standards of sound quality and performance, making it a top choice for anyone who values exceptional audio experiences.

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Born in 2004

Why we love this DAC/Amp

Premium Economy

Sensible spending and class above in quality. 


This headphone or gear offers top-notch sound and performance without much impact on your pocket, promising a delightful experience that exceeds your expectations at an economical price point.


If you see a product marked as “💎 Premium Economy," it indicates that you're getting a high-quality audio product with exceptional sound clarity and reliable performance, all at a budget-friendly price.

Serious Audiophiles Only

Diving deeper into exploring the hobby is never enough.


If you're an audiophile on a hunt for a device that meets your high standards, this is one such headphone or gear designed for discerning audiophiles like you in mind.


If you see a product marked with “🦈 Serious Audiophiles Only" we assure you that this device can match your depth of knowledge and expertise to take your passion for audio to the next level.

For Audiophiles On-the-Go

Are you an audiophile looking to carry your music with you wherever you go?


This headphone or gear is portable and is designed to deliver top-notch audio quality on the move, ensuring your favourite tracks sound their best no matter where you are.


If you see a product marked "🛺 For Audiophiles On-the-Go", it means this product is perfectly portable, turning every journey into a musical adventure with studio-quality sound!

Battery Life

No need to be connected to the power socket with these devices.


This headphone or gear promises long-lasting battery performance, ensuring your device keeps up with your adventures without missing a beat.


If you see products marked as “⏳ Battery Life”, be rest assured that you'll enjoy extended usage time, whether it's for uninterrupted music playback, extended gaming sessions, or all-day productivity, keeping you powered up throughout your day.

Battery Capacity

Power that keeps your music going.


This headphone or gear has ample battery capacity, promising you plenty of juice to power through your day with gusto.


If you see products marked as “🔋 Battery Capacity”, rejoice in the knowledge that your device is equipped with a robust battery, providing you with extended usage time and reducing the frequency of recharges, so you can focus on your favourite tracks.

Built like a Tank

No need to worry about durability.


If you're seeking a headphone or gear with a strong, rugged build, this snapshot indicates that this is the one for you.


If you see a product marked with “🪖 Built like a Tank", it means this product is crafted with metal in its design, ensuring exceptional robustness and durability.

Why it Sounds Amazing

Power Output

When you need that juice to get the best out of your products.


This headphone or gear packs a punch, revealing the product's impressive power output capabilities, ensuring it can handle even the most demanding products with ease.


If you see products marked as “🚀 Power Output”, you're in for a treat with robust performance for driving high-fidelity products without breaking a sweat.

Balanced Output

Upgrading from single-ended to balanced can be the easiest way to improve your sound.


This DAC, Amp or Hi-Res player offers a balanced output, ensuring pristine audio quality with minimised interference and enhanced clarity for your listening pleasure.


If you see a product marked as "⚖️ Balanced Output”, get ready for a symphony of crystal-clear tunes, free from any unwanted noise drama!

ASTELL&KERN INTRODUCES THEIR FIRST-EVER CLASS-A PORTABLE AMP - THE AK PA10

Astell&Kern has been researching and developing AMP technology to deliver pure sound. The AK PA10 is the first AK model to introduce a Class-A analogue AMP based on Astell&Kern's know-how in AMP circuit design technology. It provides Class-A AMP's natural and spacious analogue sound, further enhanced by its exclusive TERATON ALPHA technology. Enjoy the pure analogue sound of Astell&Kern with AK PA10's Current control, Gain control, and Crossfeed options for digital audio players and source devices.

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FEATURES CLASS-A AMPLIFICATION AND TERATON ALPHA TECHNOLOGIES THAT DELIVER BREATHTAKING SONIC PERFORMANCE

Great headphone AMPs generate "true" and "pure" sound reproduction. Authentic sound is achieved when every component, including power, noise, signal transition, circuit architectures, etc., has been thoroughly developed and implemented in addition to realising a steady output. The AK PA10 is small enough; to be portable but operates seamlessly with headphones and IEMs. The audio comes off as more refined with the TERATON ALPHA technology. The TERATON ALPHA is an AK Ultimate Sound Solution allowing for playback of ultra-high quality sound without distortion. 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 that is as similar to the original sound as possible.

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EXPERIENCE PURE ANALOGUE AND JITTER-FREE SOUND OF CLASS-A AMP

Class-A AMPs offer the best linear output, providing soft, warm, and natural sounds by amplifying signals without distortions or defects. This characteristic makes it the most sought-after amplification method by music lovers. Class-A AMPs in a portable form factor are considered impossible as it requires high power consumption. The AK PA10 integrates an analogue Class-A AMP based on the unique circuit design technology of Astell&Kern, offering signature analogue sounds. With a unique circuit design from Astell&Kern that reduces power consumption and increases output while removing noise, the AK PA10 is a dependable Class-A AMP that you can use anywhere and at any time. Experience pure analogue sound with the AK PA10's Class-A amplification!

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CURRENT CONTROL FOR PRECISE AND SPATIAL SOUNDSTAGE AND IMAGING

The AK PA10 controls current to suit different headphones and IEMs, reproducing a more intensive and spatial sound. The AK PA10 offers a three-stage control of Class-A AMP current, emphasising the characteristic of Class-A AMP relative to the current value and creating a more intense sound. The current control settings are Default (low), Mid (+50mA), and High (+100mA). Also, Astell&Kern addressed the concern of battery drain due to power consumption, the "major" reason why Class-A AMPs; are not used for portable devices, by controlling the current value. You can create sounds that suit the characteristics of headphones and IEMs through the three-stage current control option. Get ready to enjoy the textured and spatial sounds that AK PA10's Class-A AMP can create.

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MASSIVE POWER OUTPUT WITH GAIN CONTROL

Sufficient power output is required to extract all the subtle nuances in music when played back through varying headphones and IEMs. When connected to the balanced "input," the AK PA10 can support up to 6.2 Vrms output at high gain. Choose the gain level that offers the best sound of the headphone and IEM that you use to enjoy crystal-clear sounds. The AK PA10 offers Unbalanced 2.1Vrms and Balanced 4.2Vrms on low and Unbalanced 3.1 Vrms / Balanced 6.2Vrms on high gain. The AK PA10 brings out the full potential that your audio device has to offer.

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CROSSFEED EFFECT LIKE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE

As headphones isolate the left/right channels, this can cause increased fatigue to your ears during extended listening periods. This design offers limited spatial sound by comparison when listening to the same music from speakers. Crossfeed mixes some of the signals from one channel and sends them to the opposite channel with a slight delay, creating a more central and natural sound, recreating sounds similar to that of listening via a speaker system, subsequently reducing listening fatigue. The AK PA10's Crossfeed function is implemented exclusively by hardware circuit design, not by digital software, offering a more seamless and sophisticated crossfeed effect without degrading the original sound. Turn on Crossfeed to experience a more holographic and airy sound.

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TRUE BALANCED CIRCUIT DESIGN FOR HIGH OUTPUT AND LOW NOISE

Most portable headphone AMPs switch 3.5mm Unbalanced signals to 4.4mm Balanced signals or do not support a 4.4mm "true" Balanced connection. The AK PA10 supports 4.4mm "true" Balanced input/output for high output and vivid audio. It also supports 3.5mm unbalanced input/output ports so that you can use it with most devices. Amplifying small signals to get high outputs inevitably drives the noise level up. However, AK PA10 introduces a high output design for the perfect operation of hard-to-drive headphones, using delicate current control and a "perfect" circuit design. The AK PA10 incorporates Astell&Kern's signature analogue volume control that seamlessly delivers the sounds of the analogue Class-A AMP. It also has a separate power supply IC per audio block divided into crossfeed, volume, AMP, etc., so that it can comfortably supply the optimal power required for each audio IC. In addition, a proprietary shield can technology is applied so that noises and electromagnetic waves do not affect the audio block. This design physically separates unbalanced and balanced circuits that deliver high-output and low-noise audio.

NOTE: Output is available for the same size as the input terminal. (Ports cannot be mixed for use e.g., 3.5-4.4 / 4.4-3.5)

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WHOPPING 12 HOURS OF CONTINUOUS PLAYBACK TIME WITH LED BATTERY STATUS INDICATOR

The AK PA10 hosts a built-in 4,200 mAh battery for 12 hours of continuous playback time without needing to connect it to a power source. Enjoy the analogue sound of Astell&Kern anywhere and at any time with AK PA10, which offers portability and class-leading playtime. The AK PA10 displays the remaining battery and charge status through its status LED. When the AK PA10 is ON, the colour of the LED changes according to the recharge status: White (70% or more), Yellow (69% -30%), and Red (30% or less). When the AK PA10 is being charged Blue light keeps on flashing and stays solid Blue when the charging completes.

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UNIQUE AND DISTINCTIVE INDUSTRIAL SLOPE DESIGN WITH DELICATELY PROCESSED VOLUME WHEEL

The Slope is the design concept of the AK PA10. The exterior design shows the identity of Astell&Kern and is designed with an image that portrays powerful performance and superb ergonomics. The processed octagonal pillar-shaped aluminium main body has a diagonally sloping surface. The character side presents the design identity of Astell&Kern and prevents the slipping of the device. The unibody design that finishes the fit at the rubber pad is attached to the player allowing for a seamless design that does not reveal the parting lines to the player. The delicately processed volume wheel is one unit recessed in the body of the product, and the control and volume identification are separate. This design prevents you from unintentionally operating the volume wheel and allows for visually checking the current output level whilst simultaneously controlling the volume. The rubber pad on the front allows the audio player and AK PA10 to stay together without movement and vibration when they are bound together with the supplied rubber bands. Additionally, Astell&Kern added a 3D textured pattern inspired by the logo of Astell&Kern for a touch of luxury. The side switches are indicators to let you know the setting of each function intuitively whilst adding to the overall robust and distinctive industrial design of the AK PA10.

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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Astell&Kern - AK PA10 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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Customer Reviews

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Sandeep Agarwal (Bengaluru)
Design and Comfort:
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Sound Quality:
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Value for Money:
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AK PA 10

I was reluctant to buy this amp but I can say without a doubt that it is one of my best purchases.

Options

Crossfeed, Gain & Current helps tremendously with listening experience.

I tried it with Monarch MK2 and Tempotec V6. I was able to feel signafcant difference in body, soundstage, seperation, upper and lower extension.

Overall a good buy for people who do not want to spend too much on a high end DAP.

Hey Sandeep, thanks a lot for the detailed review of the AK PA 10!
We're happy to know that you're enjoying the amp and that it's helping to improve your listening experience.

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ANKIT BAKSHI (Kolkata)
Not an All rounder

Nothing is perfect, but at his price, the cons seems to nibble at me.

Pros: It has enough Power for Planars, Doesn't sound sibilant. Is able to elevate mids to a different level of realism. The cross-feed is not gimmick, it is a game changer which brings the realism to the vocals. Nuances in the mid section is brought forth effortlessly. Soundstage is good too, in fact very good.
Both male and female specially sound exquisite. They are meaty. There is no such meat!!!

Cons:
I will put the biggest con first: Sound - It is not airy. There is hardly any extension on the treble. it is very center or mid focused. I do not know if this is the A&K house sound. What this does is, it makes Planars sound like DD, both headphone(Venus) and IEMs(Heyday). I am missing the Planar sound which I get from using Nx7. I guess the transients are not fast, sorry I am not technical enough.
Design is not a good one.
1.The ports are too closely packed. 4.4mm ports are very light, repeated plugging in and out is sure to erode the gold plating of male and female plugs.
2. The lack of a 4.4mm to 4.4mm cable is a big letdown.
3. The 4.4mm out only works if you feed a balanced in. The same goes for 3.5mm.
4. The design of the amp is such that you cannot stack your dap on top, as the top surface is an uneven one.

Conclusion: Who is it for: - Mid lovers paradise. A thing to behold actually.
Who will hate it: Planar lovers, analytical signature lovers, anyone looking for airy sound.

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Amit Kudchadkar (Vasco da Gama)
Pure Class A madness

One of the best class A amp, quite a substantial improvement in the SQ, highly recommended, for iems it is quite powerful and no hiss at all.

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ANKUR PATHAK (Bengaluru)
Design and Comfort:
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Sound Quality:
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Value for Money:
Bang On!
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Perfect portable class A amplifier..!!

Perfect companion for all your DAC & DAP..
It extracts the best from any IEM you own..!!
My setup is quite unusual , so I bought it to experiment but seriously it nailed it..!!
If you want melodious sound which your DAC can't give you because of low amplification from some of your demanding outputs.. then it's a must have..!!

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