facebook twitter pinterest instagram You Tube

Astell&Kern Outdoes Itself with the AK240 Mobile Music Player

Bailey S. Barnard

The $1,300 Astell&Kern AK120, which launched last July, is a pocket hi-fi masterpiece. The new Astell&Kern AK240 promises to take portable music playback to an even higher level. The new player, which the company expects to begin shipping in March for a price beyond $2,000, will feature 256 gigabytes of onboard memory—compared to 64 gigabytes for the AK120—plus a microSD card slot allowing an additional 128 gigabytes of storage. Like its predecessor, the AK240 will support music files with resolutions as large as 24 bits/192 kHz (the highest commercially available) and in virtually any digital music format to which consumers have access. A pair of Cirrus Logic 4398 digital-to-analog converters (one for each audio channel) will deliver music with a level of quality that approaches that of a high-end home stereo system. A dual-core processor and 3.31-inch color touchscreen (compared to 2.4 inches for the AK120) will ensure that users can quickly and conveniently browse their full-resolution music libraries.  The AK120 put Astell&Kern on the portable hi-fi map; the AK240 has the potential to put the company on the throne. (www.astellnkern.com)

Read Next Article >>
The second-generation speakers raise the bar set by their predecessors…
The new home-theater component works with multiple speaker sets and 4K video signals…
Photo by Benjamin Lozovsky
The design-driven event offered attendees a night of art, music, and technology…
The new line includes a preamplifier, stereo power amp, and monoblock power amp…
In the late 15th century, Leonardo da Vinci sketched plans for the viola organista, an instrument...
Introducing The 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector Turn your wall into a life-size window to another...
Photo by Cordero Studios/ www.corderostudios.com
Audiophiles can also be slaves to fashion, and one seeking a music system to complement a postwar...
Peter Lyngdorf has almost single-handedly brought digital audio into the realm of high fidelity. In...
The $30,000 turntable reduces vibration compared to similar designs and comes with a 3-D-printed...
The London phone maker’s newest model is its most capable yet…