Goldfinger is the third James Bond film starring Sean Connery and the 1964 spy thriller is one of my favourite films of all time, not the least of the reasons being the movie’s iconic antagonist Auric Goldfinger played by Gert Fröbe.
His obsession with all things gold and his diabolic plan to rob Fort Knox instantly sprang to mind when I saw that digital-audio player manufacturer Astell & Kern had launched their new SP1000M flagship handheld for pre-order recently and that it features a brass frame with 99.7 per cent purity gold plating.
At $2,999 USD it’s not for the faint of pocketbook, but it certainly is eye-catching and its beauty isn’t just skin deep. Under all that bling the new model houses dual KM AK4497EQ chipsets, an Exynos 7420 Octa-Core CPU, 256GB of internal memory, native bit-to-bit DSD playback along with 32-bit MQS, PCM and MQA playback capabilities, let’s not forget the Open APP Service to stream online music services like TIDAL, etc.
The SP1000M is set for availability on February 8, 2019.
For all the would be Bond villains out there, this could be the perfect audio accessory.