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Astell & Kern’s lachạy thử portable music player is as high-tech as it is extravagantly expensive. The $2,399 A&ultima SP2000T releases in October, & it stands out from the brand’s previous models lượt thích the Kann & Kann Cube with a new triple amp system. These things are never affordable, and the price might seem especially out there if you’re nội dung with listening to lớn music from a streaming service on your phone. But there’s some real engineering swagger in effect here.

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Astell & Kern managed to fit a tiny tube amp inside of this device. Specifically, it uses a Korg Nutube 6P1, which conceptually operates just lượt thích larger tube amps, only it’s small enough lớn fit in a device that can go in your pocket. To avoid any interference that the resonance of the tubes might generate, Astell và Kern says it developed a modular structure on the PCB just for the tubes, fixing them with silicone to lớn minimize vibrations. The best part of the press release is that it says its kiến thiết “uses magnetic forces khổng lồ float the amp in the air lớn reduce internal noise.”

Audiophiles reading this have every right to lớn be skeptical that Astell và Kern can reproduce the effect of a tube amp with such minuscule hardware, but it at least deserves some credit for trying. Check it out in action below.

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When you’re using the A&ultima SP2000T, it’ll let you switch between its OP-AMP setting for “ultra-clarity và a dynamic playbaông chồng,” the tube amp mode for a “uniquely warm” sound, and a hybrid mode that blends the best of both modes inlớn one. Additionally, this mã sản phẩm has an ESS ES9068AS quad DAC for further enhancing the way your music sounds. This is apparently Astell và Kern’s first player to lớn feature a quad DAC, as well as the Replay Gain utility, which adjusts the volume of all of your music (up lớn 24-bit / 192kHz) to lớn the same level, so one tuy nhiên isn’t quieter than the other.

Image: Astell & Kern Now, for some specs. The player is compatible with 2.5mm, 3.5milimet, & plugs. It has a five-inch 1080p touchscreen, which might be the least impressive thing about it. You can charge it & transfer files via its USB-C port. It’s also Wi-Fi ready, supporting the company’s AK File Drop utility that lets you transfer files wirelessly via PC, phone, or even an FTPhường on the same network. You’ll obviously get the best sound unique with a mix of high-kết thúc, wired headphones or earphones, but it also supports công nghệ Bluetooth không dây 5.0 with 24-bit aptX HD và LDAC codec support. Lastly, it has 256GB of flash storage built in, but it supports up to 1TB via microSD. It has a 4,200mAh battery, which the company says will get you about nine hours of FLAC playback.

For people with the sort of budget that allows this kind of purchase, this seems like something you may want lớn try before you buy. It’s possible that Astell và Kern created something great that defies its pocket-sized stature, but it’s just as likely that this has some overly ambitious first-gen quirks to iron out. You’ll be able to find out yourself when it releases in October.