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Astell & Kern AK380 256GB Portable Hi-Res Music Player. Available in Meteoric Titan or Special Edition Copper both with Online Finance and Free Delivery
It just feels right There's something satisfying about handling the Astell & Kern AK380. It's a beautifully crafted digital music player, with angled edges that create an interesting interplay between shadow and light.
The aircraft-grade aluminum body feels light but strong and substantial. The AK380 features dual digital-to-analog converters (DACs), one for each stereo channel. This ensures outstanding detail and dynamic range, an absolutely quiet background, and a spacious soundstage. These powerful AKM AK4490 DACs do native conversion of Direct Stream Digital (DSD) files. You also get bit-perfect playback for PCM-based files up to 32-bit/384kHz.
You might be surprised at just how much detail this player can reveal with your CD-quality and compressed music files, too. AK Connect app available from Apple App Store and Google Play, opens up a whole world of options for your AK380. It easily connects your player to your Wi-Fi network. That means you can wirelessly stream audio (including hi-res audio) to and from your multi-room audio system, other Astell & Kern players, or your smartphone or tablet. And you can not only stream to and from a DLNA networked PC, but you can also download files directly from the computer. The dac clock also makes the AK380 an ideal USB DAC. Plug it into your computer, and the AK380 will bypass your PC's noisy audio section entirely, for clear sound from your music files and streaming sources. The AK380 features a 256GB internal memory - ideal for the larger files sizes of hi-res audio. The microSD card slot can handle up to 128GB cards, for total storage of up to 384GB.
All of the AK380’s circuit design including the digital-analog converter (DAC) are ready for 32-bit processing to handle 32-bit music natively.
Other products have traditionally used sample rate converter (SRC) method down sampling for playback. However, the AK380 is capable of playing back 32-bit, 384 kHz original sound without any down sampling.
The result is the AK380 plays up to 32-bit, 384 kHz, any 24-bit music files, or double layer DSD 5.6MHz natively, without conversion or compression.