Astell & Kern launch dual-DAC music player with AptX HD support

Astell & Kern SA700

Astell & Kern have launched a portable hi-res digital music player, the SA700, priced at £1295 or $1299. It’s equipped with the firm’s trademark top-right volume dial and stainless steel bodywork, along with not one, but two AKM AK4492ECB DACs.

The company promises these components will offer a “new sound signature” to listeners. The SA700 supports bit-to-bit playback up to 32-bit, 384kHz and native DSD playback up to 11.2MHz.

Along with a balanced 2.5mm and unbalanced 3.5mm wired audio outputs, the SA700 is equipped with Bluetooth and aptX HD support, allowing high-definition audio to be played wirelessly. This won’t support the very highest levels of fidelity the SA700 can play but will be far superior to a standard Bluetooth (or SBC) connection.

It’s available in onyx black or stainless steel and features a modern USB-C socket, 720p display and quad-core CPU.

An LED indicator around the volume ring will support hundreds of different colours and levels of saturation. An ‘open app’ service allows a number of APKs to be installed.

Image credit: Astell & Kern


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