Astell&KernAK120 II digital media player: demo model only

$1,899 Was $2,749


Astell&KernAK120 II digital media player: demo model only

$1,899 Was $2,749

Portable Hi-Res Audio
Superb audio capability that can be enjoyed anywhere

 Like the flagship AK240, the AK120 II uses dual CS4398 DACs, however it varies in some important respects. It can only render DSD as downsampled to 176kHz PCM, while the AK240 has a full native DSD capability. The internal capacity of the AK120 II is half that of the AK240, being 128GB instead of 256GB. Both can accept SD cards to supplement their internal storage, up to another 128GB. The last model in this series will be the AK100II (available later) with a potential capacity of 96GB.

The AK120 II costs considerably less than the AK240, and delivers a superb result given those couple of limitations. Depending on the resolution of the files you are storing and playing in it, the total 256GB capacity might give you around 70 albums or the equivalent in tracks. Having the ability to deliver superb Hi-Res audio and to be easily taken with you anywhere, these players have immediate appeal. They are so good that you could use one as the principal source in any high-end stereo system.

The uses of the AK players don’t end there. They can be used as a high quality USB dac when connected to your computer, and if you install the A&K MQS softtware on your computer, you’ll be able to stream music directly to the player rather than having to download the files to the player’s storage. 

General Specifications

Body Color – Stone Silver

Body Material – Aluminium

Display – 3.31inch WVGA (480 x 800) AMOLED Touchscreen

Supported Audio Formats – WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE(Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF

Sample rate – FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF : 8kHz ~ 192kHz (8/16/24bits per Sample)

/ DSD : DSD64 (1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128 (1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo

Output Level – Unbalance 2.1Vrms / Balance 2.3Vrms (Condition No Load)

DAC – Cirrus Logic CS4398 x2 (Dual DAC)

Decoding – Support up to 24bit/192kHz Bit to Bit Decoding

Input – USB Micro-B input (for charging & data transfer (PC & MAC) / Connection Mode : MTP (Media Device)

Outputs – PHONES (3.5mm) / Optical Out (3.5mm) / Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported)

WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)

Bluetooth – V4.0

Dimensions – 55x118x15mm (whd)

Weight – 177g

Firmware upgrades supported (OTA) 

Audio Specifications

Frequency Response – ±0.023dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalance & Balance

/ ±0.3dB (Condition: 10Hz~70kHz) Unbalance & Balance

Signal to Noise Ratio – 116dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 117dB @ 1kHz, Balance

Crosstalk – 130dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 135dB @ 1kHz, Balance

THD+N – 0.0007% @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Balance

IMD SMPTE – 0.0004% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalance / 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Balance

Output Impedance – Balanced out 2.5mm (1ohm) / PHONES 3.5mm (2ohm)




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