The AK320's integrated DAC provides 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 256 GB of inbuilt memory and a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB.
- Native DSD Support
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) is a digital audio file format originally developed for SACDs (Super Audio CD). DSD files have 1 bit (0s or 1s) for Y axis and is separated into 2,800,000 (2.8 MHz) to 5,600,000 (5.6 MHz) of information for X axis.
Compared to regular audio CDs with 16-bit/44.1 kHz PCM format, SACD's recording frequency goes up to 100 kHz and the dynamic range goes beyond 120 dB while maintaining sound clarity during the transmission.
In order to provide native DSD playback on the AK240, the player uses the Cirrus Logic CS4398 chip in the dual DAC setup with an added exclusive XMOS chip that will allow for Native DSD support..
Dual DAC with Balanced Output
The AK240 has a CS4398 Dual DAC and the balanced output method with sound. During the development of the AK100 and AK120, Astell&Kern's specific analogue amp setup was already creating full balanced analogue signals streaming from the DAC and they were able to move a step closer towards the original sound by then creating a balanced output terminal at the end.
True to Life Sound & USB DAC
The Dual DAC setup was done to create better left and right channel separation with clearer sound quality and to accurately reproduce the original sound recording. The AK240 can also be easily connected to your PC or Mac to be used as an external DAC. The combination of the exclusive DSD chip and the Dual DAC in the AK240 goes above and beyond most computer sound cards and is able to create a greater sense of space and deeper sound while listening to your music.
With the AK240, it's no longer required to turn on your PC, search for music, connect a device, and transfer files. Just connect the AK240 Generation to your PC or Mac via Wi-Fi on the same network and download or stream music wirelessly.
Over-The-Air Firmware Updates
As long as you are connected to Wi-Fi, Astell&Kern will notify you of firmware updates as soon as they launch from wherever you are. AK240 users receive firmware updates immediately.
256GB In-Built + 128GB Expandable Memory
The AK240 features 256GB of inbuilt memory while supporting microSD cards of up to 128 GB. The AK320 therefore has a total storage capacity of 384 GB! This inbuilt capacity itself is capable of storing approximately 2500 or more MQS audio files.
Supports Multiple File Formats
The Astell&Kern AK240 is capable of seamlessly supporting a vast collection of music files across all formats be it; WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE(Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF : 8kHz ~ 192kHz (8/16/24bits per Sample)/ DSD Native : DSD64 (1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128 (1bit 5.6MHz).
Sleek Two- Part Design
There are 2 parts to the design of the volume knob on the AK240. First is the luxurious and exquisite diamond-pattern design on the knob where it is gripped. Second is the fine hairline design at the end of the knob that shines to emphasize the natural beauty of the AK240. The back of the unit is composed of real carbon fiber plates which blend well with the overall AK240 design.
Detailed and Meticulous Manufacturing Process
Even though the body of AK240 is just one unit constructed out of duralumin, it goes through 12 stages of production until it is complete. The initial 6 stages involve the original materials being prepared, and the next 6 stages involve putting together all of those original parts. Each stage takes numerous hours which are worked on by our experts.
More Detailed 10-Band 0.5 dB-step EQ Setting
The EQ setting available on the AK240 is made more accurate by doubling the bands (from 5 to 10 bands) and halving the dB steps (from 1dB to 0.5dB) available. One can also create and save customized preset EQ settings to fit various music genres.
Supports Bluetooth 4.0 & Wi-Fi for Wireless Convenience
The AK320 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. You can also access or download your music from your PC via Wi-Fi.
3.3" AMOLED Full Touch Screen
The 3.31 inch AMOLED display on the AK240 makes it easy to navigate, especially for smart phone users. The playback and volume control buttons have been upgraded on the AK240. Music tracks with long titles, such as a classical music, are displayed on 2 lines for better navigation. Due to the speedy file scanning functionality, a separate DB scanning function is no longer needed and file search is available for easy access to music.
Exceptional Leather Case
In order to raise the bar of the AK240 even higher, much attention was devoted to the selection of leather for the case. Minerva leather, originated from Badalassi Carlo was chosen. The leather case for the AK240 was made from a process called “Full Vegetable Tanning”, a process that has been used in Italy for 200 years. A variety of trees and plants are involved in this tanning process which takes about 40 days to complete and only the most experienced professionals in Italy possess the skills to do it.
20Hz - 20000Hz; ±0.023 dB
10Hz - 70000Hz; ±0.3 dB
Output: 1-2 Ohm
Dimensions - 66 x 107 x 17.5 mm
Weight - 275 g
Power - USB Micro B Input
Battery display - Yes
Battery Capacity - 3250 mAH
Battery Life - <12 Hours
Manufacturer's Warranty covers only manufacturing defects. For more details, check our Warranty
To claim warranty, please maintain a copy of your invoice and Contact Headphone Zone Care (authorised service center) at firstname.lastname@example.org or +91 750 664 6988.
" The Astell&Kern AK240 is a revolutionary portable media player. The $2500 price tag is certainly extraordinary, but the superb build, astonishing styling, brilliant user interface, unusual and useful features and functions, and absolutely top-notch sound quality leave me with the impression that the performance delivered warrants the price asked. This is an extraordinary product."
"Are the AK players a wonder of technology? Absolutely. Are they well-built and do they look great? Again: absolutely. Do they work like a charm and have a great, if not the best, UI on the market. Oh definitely yes, no denying there. Do they offer enough storage space? Definitely. Do they sound great? Best DAPs I have heard so far, a true High End sound."
"If you’re part of the crowd for whom money is no object, and you want to experience your entire music catalog as though you’d never heard it before, the AK240 might just be your new drug of choice."
"This is the best portable audio player I’ve enjoyed to date, with unassailable build quality, sweet aesthetics, not-half-bad ergonomics, and stupendous sound, including the special attraction of uncompromised DSD playback. It’s also remarkably versatile, with Wi-Fi connectivity for file transfer and streaming from computers, Bluetooth to reach your main system or wireless speakers, and the USB DAC feature for wired computer playback."
"The AK240 has unbelievable design and sound quality for a DAP, but that doesn't come cheap."