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Astell&Kern is the brand that flaunts an aura of sonic perfection. Adding to its wide line of music players, the Astell&Kern  AK380 Portable High Definition Music Player and USB DAC is the flagship of Astell&Kern's music player series.

The AK380 has  two AKM AK4490 chips that  not only play 32-bit, 384 kHz, any 24-bit music files, or double layer DSD 5.6MHz natively, but also offer a true Dual-Mono setup designed for even better channel separation, a broader stereo image, and better dynamics. It can also be used as an external DAC with your Mac or PC via USB.

It also comes fitted with a VCXO (Voltage-Controlled Crystal Oscillator) Clock to help reduce jitter and ultimately deliver your music more accurately. 

This hi-res player features 256GB of inbuilt memory and a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB. Thus, you can conveniently pile on your hi-res tracks.

The  4.0" TFT-LCD touchscreen provides an easy to use interface while the sleek aluminum body and volume knob are smooth and robust. Thus, the player has been designed in a style that can be conveniently palm-held.

With the help of its WiFi and Bluetooth  capabilities, you are not just limited to playback of songs you have on your device, you can also stream tracks from your Mac or PC that have been connected to the same wireless network.

  • 32bit 384kHz Bit to Bit Playback

    The AK380 is capable of playing back 32-bit, 384 kHz original sound without any down sampling.  This results in the AK380 playing up to 32-bit, 384 kHz, any 24-bit music files, or double layer DSD 5.6MHz natively, without conversion or compression.

    Parameter & Graphic EQ 

    A parametric equalizer is utilized in the AK380 to deliver detailed adjustment of the original sound, with an audio digital signal processor (DSP) added to help in this process. This frees up CPU cycles earlier required for calculating graphic equalizers (GEQ), providing more detailed and accurate calculations via the dedicated DSP. The audio DSP expands the existing 10-band, ±0.5 dB graphic equalizer to a 20-band, ±0.1 dB to more precisely adjust the frequency and gain (dB) as well as more accurately specifying the frequency range via Q value adjustments.

    USB DAC 

    Astell&Kern has added some brand new components to the AK380, including new AKM AK4490 DACs (digital to audio converters), moving away from the Cirrus Logic chips they have used in the past. The new chips are arranged in a dual-mono setup for brilliant stereo separation, lots of sonic space, and all the detail you could want. It can also be easily connected to your PC or Mac to be used as an external DAC.

    What is Parametric Equalization?

    Parametric equalization means the ability to amplify or reduce the volume within the Q value range. A Q value is a frequency range relative to a selected frequency. The frequency range decreases when the Q value increases and vice versa.

    What is Graphic Equalization?

    Graphic equalization separates the audible frequency register into several registers and amplifies or reduces the level of each register with a volume control to adjust the respective frequency's characteristics. The switches of the volume slider are connected like a graph to visually determine the frequency characteristics, hence the name "graphic equalizer."

    256GB In-Built + 128GB Expandable Memory

    The AK380 features 256GB of inbuilt memory while supporting microSD cards of up to 128 GB. The AK380 therefore has a total storage capacity of 384 GB! This inbuilt capacity itself is capable of storing approximately 1800 or more MQS audio files.

    Supports Multiple File Formats

    The Astell&Kern AK380 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, PCM : 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample) / DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo/ DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz)

    Equipped with Femto Clock for Pure Sound

    Astell&Kern has implemented a voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) high-precision clock with a reference jitter value of 200 femto seconds for absolutely true-to-life sound.

    What does VCXO mean?

    A VCXO, or a voltage-controlled crystal oscillator, is a type of crystal oscillation device that creates oscillation frequencies. External environmental stimuli, which here mean voltage inputs, influence the frequency value. Adjustments to the voltage input tunes a precise frequency value.

    What does Jitter Mean?

    Jitter signifies the undesired deviation in time that occurs in a periodic signal. Here, jitter is the error that occurs in the reference clock required to perform the sampling in digital audio equipment.
    By employing a femto clock, the AK380 is able to create a more accurate frequency value and make fine jitter corrections.  As a result of which, the AK380 faithfully reproduces analog sound as close as possible to the original source when emitting a digital signal as an analog signal.

    AK Connect App

    Astell&Kern has further enhanced DLNA functionality via the AK Connect app.
    Wireless networking DLNA (version 1.0) connects to a NAS or PC, and is easily controlled with a smartphone or tablet through AK Connect.
    Source files on a PC or NAS can be easily transferred without bothering to physically switch on the computer and connect with a cable. If you're on the same access point (AP) network, music files on a PC or NAS can be played back via DLNA. 

    Supports Bluetooth 4.0 & Wi-Fi for Wireless Convenience

    The AK380 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.

    4" WVGA screen & Pressure Sensitive Metal Capacitive Touch

    The AK380 has a 4" TFT-LCD screen that is vivid and houses a friendly user interface. The AK380 is also the first Astell&Kern to feature a metal capacitive touch interface.  The Metal Touch functions as a home key and interfaces with the device via pressure-sensitive touches. 

    Sleek Aluminium Design

    The AK380 has a sleek and robust design that has been made out of one block of machined aluminium. The volume knob projects out of the back for easy one-handed operation, and the detail in the precision machining adds luxury.  The epitome of understated beauty, the rear of the AK380 is finished with glass featuring Astell&Kern's unique pattern that is signature to Astell&Kern's personality & design identity. 

    Multiple Expandable Options

    The AK380 can be expanded to a variety of devices through the micro-USB and balanced audio out ports.
    It can be connected with an amplifier as well as professional high-impedance headphones for high output and USB for data transfer and charging. Also, the AK Docking Station/Cradle for balanced audio functionality as well as the AK CD-Ripper to conveniently rip audio CDs directly into the player.

    What's in the box:

    • Astell&Kern - AK380 Portable Hi-Fi Audio System
    • Leather Case
    • Protective Film
    • Micro USB Cable
    • MicroSD Cover Slot

  • 20Hz - 20000Hz;  ±0.053 dB
    10Hz - 70000Hz;  ±0.56 dB
    Output: 1-2 Ohm

    3.5mm Jack
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    Dimensions -  79.8  x 112.4 x 17.9 mm
    Weight - 230 g
    Power - USB Micro B Input
    Battery display - Yes
    Battery Capacity - 3400 mAH
    Battery Life - <12 Hours


    One Year

    Manufacturer's Warranty covers only manufacturing defects. For more details, check our Warranty Page. To claim warranty, please maintain a copy of your invoice and Contact Headphone Zone Care (authorised service center) at or +91 750 664 6988.

  • Astell & Kern’s AK380 offers copious network audio features and the unique plus of native 32-bit playback—but is it worth the high price to consumers? It has e xtraordinary build quality."
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    " Where the AK380 truly excels is its portrayal of stereo detail and space. Not only does it cast a stereo image that practically wraps around your head, every step outward is accompanied by depth, minute detail, and delicate contrast."
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    " This player is all about extravagance. Perhaps more important here are the pristine audio components the AK380 has locked inside, designed to up the ante once again for the AK lineup, following in the footsteps of the player’s predecessor."
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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
sidharth vir s.v. sidharth v.
5 star

As such there is not much difference between sound quality of Ak320 and Ak380 but sound of Ak380 having little bit more detail built quility and shape is very good . Sound is excellent no doubt . i will adivice to new buyer if you have spare money than you go for Ak380 otherwise Ak 320 is equily good only little bit difference in sound quility Those who are listening More Hires music it is good for them i hav experience of both Thank you. Regards. Dr sidharth vir from delhi india

Rohit Singh R.S. Rohit S.

Y'all might be thinking that who buys such an expensive piece of tech but let me tell you that if you are that OCD Perfectionist you would buy it, i had to sell off my wife's jewellery after she'd gone to work, after a few days she had found out about it (not knowing that i did it) and she called the police and informed me about it(thug life chose me;) those chaps kept investigating and later discovered that it was me who stole it they arrested me and my wife divorced me(as if i gave a sh*t bout that) but when i sat in the police gypsy i plugged my apple EarPods into the astell and kern and played "i fought the law and the law won" trust me go for it. you won't regret it