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Astell & Kern Downsize Their Flagship DAP, Tease Android APK Support

By | September 12th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Earlier this year DAP maker Astell & Kern signaled that they would be extending each of the three new, refined player tiers beyond the launch products into deeper territory. The first addition was announced this week in the form of a slimmed-down version of the new flagship SP1000.

The SP1000M touts a slightly smaller 4.1 inch screen (vs. 5) and is significantly lighter. I have always been partial to the robust weight of audiophile flagship DAP, including Sony’s golden efforts, but the obvious implications to mobility definitely beckon for multiple options within the line.… Read the full article

Review: Astell&Kern SP1000 – Impressive

By | September 28th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The sample of the Astell&Kern SP1000 DAP was sent to us free of charge for this review on a long term loan. After the review the good old AK380 will be returned to South-Korea. AK is not in any way related to Headfonia.

Astell & Kern

The South-Korean Astell&Kern does no longer need an introduction anymore as they have quickly have become one of the world’s most famous DAP makers. Sure you might not like their marketing campaigns or price setting but you can’t deny the sublime design and top quality sound their unites have.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: Sony WM1Z vs. A&Ultima SP1000 SS and A&K AK380cu

By | August 20th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The A&Ultima SP1000 SS and A&K AK380cu is provided by Bircom, Turkish Distributor of Astell & Kern. Sony WM1Z is my review sample from Sony Japan. This post is a part of our Picture Sunday series.


Last week, I was invited to the launch of A&Ultima SP1000 SS and A&K KANN in Turkey. I of course accepted the invite so that I could listen the new flagship from A&K and their weirdest DAP yet, the KANN.… Read the full article

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First impression: Astell&Kern – A&Ultima SP1000

By | June 24th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Astell&Kern launched a new flagship DAP over a month ago at Munich‘s High End show. In contrary to AK‘s previous top-of-the-line models this one didn’t feature any true innovation however, at first glance it appears that it‘s just a redesigned and upspec‘d AK380. But take a closer look and you‘ll see that AK did not just put a new DAC chip in there, they also reworked their entire user interface and implemented very useful features. I have always been a huge fan of their firmware.… Read the full article

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A New Astell And Kern Flagship – The A&ultima SP1000

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Two new products have swiftly entered the field for digital audio player company Astell & Kern. Of most recent note, a new flagship piece to sit atop the field of other high end players by the name of A&ultima SP1000 ($3,499). The external form factor is slimmed down a just bit from the previous king AK380, but several improvements under the hood make this year’s crop of players even more enticing.

We were invited to a private presentation by AK’s American Lead Owen Kwon where he laid out some of the recent updates to the two new players, including the new mid tier portable called KANN ($1k).… Read the full article

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Astell&Kern talk A&Ultima SP1000, modularity, MQA

By | May 29th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

A&Ultima SP1000 is the new flagship player from Astell&Kern: Asahi Kasei AK4497EQ chipset; one DAC per channel for “wider soundstage and better stereo separation”; Octa-Core CPU for faster boot time, more responsive GUI (redesigned and now running on a 5″ ‘HD’ screen); greater output power; lower distortion; USB C connector for faster file transfer; 12 hour battery life. Stainless steel model (US$3499) available mid June. Copper version to come in July.

That’s the news but what’s the story?

As evidenced by their spaceship-like booth at Munich High-End 2017 – and every year larger than any other DAP manufacturer – Astell&Kern are leaders in their field: digital audio players.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: A&Ultima SP1000

By | May 28th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This week’s picture Sunday features the new A&Ultima SP1000 DAP. To check out recent Picture Sunday Posts click HERE.

The A&Ultima SP1000 is the newest Astell&Kern Digital Audio Player. The A&K 380 series was called “the evolution of a masterpiece” so AK’s marketing division decided to make the switch to A&Ultima for the AK380’s successor. The most important to keep in mind is that the new SP1000 will replace the AK380 as their flagship, the AK380 itself will be phased out.… Read the full article

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