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Astell & Kern Hi-Fi Audio Players

Experience the meaning of the word “audiophile” with this portable stainless-steel Hi-Fi Audio system. The unit supports WAV, FLAC, AAC, MP3, WMA, OOG, and more formats, as well as native support for DSD playback. The 3.31″ AMOLED touch screen display allows you to navigate your music library on the player’s 256GB internal storage or from a microSD card up to 128GB in size. Using dual DAC Cirrus Logic CS4398 chips and balanced outputs for better separation in the left and right channel, the music player is designed to deliver the sound “exactly as the artist had intended.” The device can also be used as a USB DAC, and it comes with a Minerva leather case

Astell & Kern Hi-Fi Audio Players

To complement the music player, Astell&Kern has worked with Beyerdynamic, as well as Jerry Harvey of JHAudio to develop over-ear and in-ear headphones optimized for Hi-Fi listening. Based on the Beyerdynamic TP5 headphones, this A&K version includes the company’s high-efficiency Tesla technology in a closed-back, over-the-ear design with adjustments made to the headphones’ tonality, output impedance, and frequency response to match the AK100 II, AK120 II, and AK240 personal media players. A special equalization setting has been added to the media player for use with the headphones, as well as support for full-balanced output.

Astell & Kern Hi-Fi Audio Players

For listeners who prefer a universal in-ear fit, Astell&Kern has released two additions to their Siren Series of headphones. Inspired by the song “Angie,” by The Rolling Stones, this pair of monitors features eight drivers per side (2x low, 2x mid, 4x high) to deliver a frequency response of 10 to 23,000 Hz with a three-way crossover network using 4th-order slopes and Jerry Harvey’s famous FreqPhase stainless-steel tube waveguide technology. The bass output of the headphone cable can be boosted by as much as +10 dB at 60 Hz with a simple turn of a screwdriver.

Astell & Kern Hi-Fi Audio Players

For an even more detailed sound signature, the “Layla” (based on the song by Derek and the Dominos) features 12 drivers per side (4x low, 4x mid, 4x high) for a frequency response of 10 to 23,000 Hz. The headphones have a carbon fiber body with a “burnt” titanium bezel and a carbon fiber logo insert. They were designed to be used as a mastering reference tool with optimal high-frequency extension and minimal distortion.