aptX HD & AAC
Battery Capacity of
For an Audiophile looking to listen to music on the go with the convenience of their mobile phones, this is a priceless DAC. For me, the 2.5mm balanced output connectivity, makes this an audiophile essential that is a must-have in your collection.
A DEDICATED DAC/AMP THAT OFFERS DUAL AUDIO OUTPUTS
The XB10 features a dedicated DAC that has been tuned using Astell&Kern's latest technologies. The amplifier drives just about any headphone while amplifying even the minutest of details. A standard-sized 3.5mm jack provides connectivity to maximum devices. The 2.5mm jack, on the other hand, is for those audio enthusiasts who are looking to enjoy a deeper level of sound. It eliminates ground noise and provides a balanced connection resulting in increased output.
STREAM HIGH-RESOLUTION AUDIO WIRELESSLY
The Astell&Kern XB10 is very flexible in terms of connectivity. It supports SBC, aptX™ and aptX™ HD codecs for Android devices and the AAC codec for iOS. Just turn on your smartphone, tablet or laptop's Bluetooth and you're good to go. Qualcomm aptX™ HD technology is capable of transmitting up to 24-bit/48 kHz audio that is faithful to the original audio file.
ANSWER OR DECLINE CALLS WITHOUT REACHING FOR YOUR PHONE
The XB10 is a game-changer providing solutions to all your problems. Along with high-quality music, it also lets you answer calls without having to access your phone. Answering/Declining calls just requires the tap of a button while the inbuilt mic makes for crystal-clear calls.
ULTRA-POTABLE DESIGN ALLOWING YOU TO CARRY IT ANYWHERE
The XB10's design mimics the appearance of the scattering of light from a star. The surface is split into quadrants for easier operability. It is extremely lightweight and portable. Want to carry your music along? Simply clip the device to your shirt or bag and run along. The clip keeps your hands free and lets you flaunt Astell&Kern's classy light and shadow design.
|CODEC||SBC,AAC aptX, aptX HD|
|PORT||2.5 Balanced/3.5 Unbalanced|
|OUTPUT LEVEL||2.5 Balanced : 1.8 Vrms/3.5 Unbalanced : 0.9 Vrms|
|FREQUENCY BAND||2.4 - 2.4835 GHz ISM Band|
|BT VERSION||BT 4.1, Class2|
|BT PROFILE||A2DP (multi), AVRCP, HFP,HSP|
|RANGE||Maximum Of 10 Meters|
|BATTERY TYPE||350mAh 3.7V lithium polymer rechargeable battery|
|HOURS OF OPERATIONS||Approximately 5 hours for music playing and phone calls|
|STANDBY TIME||Upto 300 hrs|
|CHARGING TIME||Approximately 2 hours|
|CHARGING METHOD||Micro USB 5Pin (charging 5V 2A)|
|BATTERY LIFE||5 hours|
|WIFI||2.4 - 2.4835 GHz ISM Band|
|DAC||Cirrus Logic CS4350 DAC & Qualcomm CSR8675 BT|
|DIMENSIONS||1.97 ”(50 mm) [W] x 1.97 ”(50 mm) [H] x 0.48 ”(12.3 mm) [D]|
1. Astell&Kern AK XB10
|2. Micro USB Cable|
|3. Detachable Clip|
|4. Quick Start Guide|
|5. Warranty Card|
|GENERIC NAME||Headphone Amplifier|
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||Korea|
|IMPORTER DETAILS||Importers Name: Ferrari Video
Address: 63/18, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Chennai - 600020
Contact No: 044-24420733
The Ultimate Hi-Fi Audio System
The word Astell means Stars in Latin while the word Kern means Centre and together
Astell&Kern means the centre of music. Astell&Kern products are the perfect pick for Hi-Fi audio
aficionados. Due to the advancement in recording technology, music can be recorded digitally while sounding
as true as a live performance. But most of the time, these high-quality recordings are heard in inferior
audio formats such as MP3 which compromises with the sound quality. Additionally, the soundstage aspect of
the sound is completely lost in the MP3 formats. Therefore Astell&Kern came into existence to address
this issue to revive the amazing sound quality for musicians and audio professionals.
The brand has core values such as: High-Resolution studio quality sound in
audio device, Audio quality without compromise, Design & Engineering Excellence, Craftsmanship & High Quality Materials, State of the art Technology and Innovation at every release.
Specialist Hi-Fi Brand in Digital Audio Player Market
Astell&Kern dedicatedly works on providing naturalistic sound without any kind of distortion so that listeners can hear even the minutest details of a song which they would have otherwise missed. Furthermore, Astell&Kern prides itself on using only the absolute best DAC chips from AKM, ESS or Cirrus Logic. Each DAP is unique and crafted to the highest quality standards.
A Popular Choice for Hi-Res Audio
AstellKern believes in playing Hi-Res music matching the quality of the recording.
This ability to deliver a sound which is close to the live performance is the highlight of Astell&Kern.
This standard of sound quality has been used in audio exhibitions around the world and is appreciated by
audio lovers across the world including the USA, China, Japan, UK, France among others.
All Astell&Kern DAPs employ high quality materials from Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Copper, and Brass. Made in South Korea, all their DAPs provide an overwhelming Power Output based on BAL 2Vrms~12Vrms.
2. Micro USB Cable
3. Detachable Clip
4. Quick Start Guide
5. Warranty Card
1 Year Warranty
Don't sweat it, this Astell&Kern - AK XB10 comes with a 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.
PRODUCT DESIGN WINNER
PRODUCT DESIGN AWARD
"All things considered, the XB10 is impressive. Connection distances with wireless-loving devices are good. Haptics are good. Battery life is decent."Read More
"This impressive bite-size Bluetooth amp delivers excellent sound quality, decent battery life and plenty of useful features."Read More
"This little device can transform your favorite wired headphones wireless and capable of high-resolution audio streaming thanks to its aptX HD support."Read More
"If sound quality is something that really matters to you and you only want the very best from your smartphone, the XB10 is an incredibly worthwhile upgrade."Read More
“With gorgeous sound in an ultra-portable package, Astell & Kern’s XB10 Bluetooth amp is the best way to make your wired headphones wireless.”Read More
" If you need something to walk around with that is exclusively designed as a Bluetooth device, I can confidently say that you won’t find anything smaller or better in quality than the AK XB10."Read More
Update : I like to mention a serious issue about this product, it's bluetooth range is very poor like you if u r in a 100 sq feet room, if u move out more than 4 to 6 foots
It's lost the signal
Go 4 bundle offer then only it's worth for the money u pay
First of all thanks to headphone zone team , they doing excellent service for Indian audiophiles
Though am not an audiophile, Beginner
Speakers we can't enjoy anytime , but earphones/headphones is a personal thing
My first perfect purchase was audio technica m40x , that's 2017 from Flipkart at that time I don't know about HPZ guys
And just 2 months back bought Fiio FD1 from Amazon
I was pretty happy with m40x & fiio k1 dac
For all these 4 yrs, somewhat I planned to buy a Bluetooth DAC for convenience, though I strongly believe nothing can't compare with WIRED quality
Amazon , Flipkart search didn't fulfilled my Bluetooth DAC purchase , they just having that fiio btr.u & fiio btr5 one is priced 2300 that reviews said they are very average & btr5 got better reviews but it's 9k , am not ready to invest 9k for BT, cuz I believe BT is convenience only ..
At this time Google intro me about HPZ :)
After entering in to this site, I was just like...OMG...I entered a treasure hunt zone :)
Too many brands , too much options
Bought these Ak xb10 after read users
& expert reviews , which is almost flawless
So I bought these
Iam happy with the sound output...
but but but
they claimed 5 hrs battery life actually it's 3 hrs only if Ur volume is about 75%
And the worst part is for these 3 hrs we have to charge this for 2 full hrs (5v 2A)..phew this is really tough nowadays , cuz we using mobile phones with 5000mah battery charged in 30 mins...am always with my Mi powerbank ,like iPhone users ..lol :)
And the charging port is micro USB, thank God my Jiio WiFi had this :)so using that
Experiencing all these , read lot of reviews ..now I feel I would purchase fiio btr5 or shanling Up4 ..am writing these review after 10 days of my usage
So if Ur priority is BT DAC just spend some more and go 4 fiio btr5 or shanling Up4
Also I like to mention...don't compare WIRED & BT ...this AK xb10 BT sounds just slightly better than Fiio K1 dac ..(it's jus 3k), if anyone priority is quality alone , they should opt for wired.
WIRED IS WIRED ,
In just 10 days I made another purchase , hopefully I'll receive shanling ua2 by today, HPZ tempting like anything :) will update the review soon for that
Once again thanks HPZ team, and the playlist cards are just amazing, keep rocking our ears :)
P s request : please try to provide us JADE AUDIO products
Hey Shameer, we are pleased to see such a detailed and honest feedback from you. Thank you so much for taking time and sharing it with everyone. It will be of a great help to anyone who is looking to purchase this product. We are also happy to hear that you had a great experience with us. We always strive to make sure our customers have a great listening experience!
Happy listening! :)
I hate it. So much latency, 500 - 1000 ms latency. Forget gaming, even videos are unwatchable with this latency. Tried it with android, windows and ios. Its completely useless for me. Got it for 2200 inr and even then its not worth the money. 6000 inr is outrageous.
Also Bluetooth range is bad. need line of sight to work. Pause button is not fast and sometimes needs to be pressed twice to work. I hate that it comes with an outdated port micro usb.
DAC is average, slightly bass boosted. Amp is decent as my 560s can get really loud. I don't know about battery life because I can't use it with so much latency.
Getting right down to the meat of it, this little device has so much to offer than what just meets the eye.
1. Gorgeous upgrade sound quality ( I use the AK Billie Jeans)
2. Good portability, and it comes with a neat little clip. And the way in which it is designed allows it to stay put in one place despite rough use with NO rattling to speak of
3. It has a "button locking mechanism" neatly integrated with the power button to prevent accidental key activation
These design consideration make this devices' worth seems more than the value asked for.
After lots of mixed reviews on YouTube. I still went with the AK XB10 as they were on discount (thanks Headphone Zone) and this was one of my best investment in my audiophile collection.
The size is really compact.
It has Play pause, volume Up/Down and bluetooth controls on top.
You have 2 buttons for changing track, micro USB for charging and power on/off controls on the side.
It comes with the mounting clip as well.
Im using this with v-Moda Forza metallo which is suggested by Headphone Zone. The combination works extremely well. This pair has become my go to gear for audio listening. I have tried this with other headphones too and the sound is really crisp. The bass is punchy and sound is extremely clear. You also have an option to enable and disable DTC I usually keep this in and yes it does make a difference.
I have had my issues with Headphone Zone but I have to say. Thank you for your recommendation and amazing prising. I would never have bought them blindly on the full prise, but discounts makes experiments possible. And ofcourse your recommendation never fails. Super Happy!!!
Additionally, I also received Genre based Audiophile playlist cards which can be scanned on Spotify which was super awesome.
So glad to know that you love them:) We look forward to serving you again. Happy listening!
Anyone who’s invested in great-sounding wired IEMs or Cans and wants the opportunity to add High-Res streaming capabilities to those cans should take a serious look at AK XB10 Bluetooth DAC and headphone amp.
The AK XB10 comes in the shape of a small disc, measuring just about 2 inches in diameter. The XB 10 is rated for about five hours of actual usage and 300 hours of standby. The five-hour is a disappointment. Battery life is an area I hope A&K can address.
The top of the circular unit sports volume, play/pause, and Bluetooth buttons divided by a slightly elevated protrusion. The protrusion is there to help you orient yourself and feel it in the dark. A provision of “This way up”. On the sides you’ll find 3.5mm unbalanced and 2.5mm balanced headphone outputs, a microUSB charging port, previous/next buttons, power slider, and a lock button.
The AK XB10 is a little genius. When connected to a smartphone, it doubles as a hands-free calling device with noise and echo cancelling. Since most audiophile wired headphones do not have a cable with an inline microphone, this is a very smart addition. If you’re listening to music while a call comes in, the music automatically pauses. When your call is over, the music kicks right back in.
The best part is you don’t need to go looking for a AptX IEMs. This capability is added by the XB 10. It works with AAC as well so if you’re an apple aficionado you’re covered.
The next surprise is that the XB 10 pairs two devices simultaneously and you can swap between the two devices without re-pairing them.
I am extremely pleased with the convenience of this device that I don’t have to ignore my expensive wired IEMs like SE 846 and neither do I miss a Mic for mobile phone usage.
Definitely worth buying.
Excellent audio output, it perfectly performs my audeze LCD 2 CC, elevates my MSR7 to next level and not exactly super but also functions with HD650.
It changes my high impedance HP into a blue tooth HP.
But it is too plastic, may be questionable durability and having less battery life.Tricky on off button and skip track button, not user friendly.
Overall sound quality is surely next level.
Shocked to hear a Ton of details from such a tiny device and such a low price.
If you have wired iem and dont have a Quad DAC phone like LG V30 or G8X then must have.
Really love it warm and detailed. thanks hpz for providing this magic box on such a low price. bought this because my LG Velvet don't have a Quad DAC and Stock DAC is crap
So glad to know that you love them:) We look forward to serving you again. Happy listening!