The AK380 Cradle is not merely a cradle - it's an extension of the AK380. Although the earlier Astell&Kern cradle was just a charging station, the new AK380 Cradle was developed from the ground up to deliver much more!
The Cradle provides sound output via balanced XLR cables, ease in connection to the AK CD-Ripper and a USB cable optimized for charging.
Balanced XLR Output
Balanced XLR Output is now possible via the AK380 Cradle. You can easily output sound through your home audio system by connecting the AK380 to your favorite amplifier. All you have to do is mount the AK380 and raise the clamp at its rear for sound output through the cradle.
AK CD-Ripper Integration
All you have to do is connect the AK CD-Ripper to the AK380 Cradle's through the AK CD-Ripper Connection Port for easy access and smooth operation. The AK CD-Ripper doesn't need a separate power supply when the AK380 Cradle is active, connected and powered.
Connect with the AK380 and AK380 Cradle Optimized USB Cable
A USB cable created especially for optimum cradle functionality was developed for the AK380 Cradle. The polyethylene insulation material with dual-layer outer coating delivers superior electrical insulation properties that effectively suppress outside noise interference.
The cable is produced with a high-density braiding method to ensure excellent signal delivery and its high performance properties deliver reliable power for CD ripping with the AK CD-Ripper as well as USB DAC XLR output.