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Astell&Kern AK380 Digital Audio Player

Astell&Kern AK380 Digital Audio Player

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“The Best Possible Sound for Travel”

With the AK380 digital music player, Astell&Kern continues to deliver accurate, natural sound with the advanced features audiophiles want. The sleek, angled body is made of aircraft-grade duralumin, an aluminum alloy, while the back is made of carbon fiber with a holographic finish. Among the user-friendly controls are a volume knob, a power button, and buttons that let you skip songs, go back, and pause. This DAP is equipped with dual highly regarded AKM AK4490 DAC chips, and features a balanced 2.5-millimeter output and a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. Audio Advice says, “The AK380 offers the best possible sound for travel. Additionally, you’ll enjoy the superior ergonomic design that makes even holding the player in your hand a pleasant experience.”

Note: With your DAP, you'll get a burgundy leather case ($40 value); a second leather case in your choice of burgundy, charcoal, or navy ($40 value); and a glass screen protection kit ($30 value).

The Reviews Are In

The Absolute Sound  has this to say: "With the AK380, Astell&Kern has created a flagship that transcends the genre of audiophile-quality portable players. Never, to my knowledge, has such a device incorporated features and parts comparable to those found in the best high-end components. And never, in my experience, has a portable device delivered sound so uncannily similar to that of the best high-end systems. But the AK380 goes beyond delivering superb sound. Thanks to a set of clever peripherals, this player can serve as the digital front end in any audio system. Combine all that with generous storage, a large, bright display and next-generation resolution, and the AK380 becomes the portable player to beat."

Audio Advice Review


AK380 Digital Audio Player

  • Material: Aircraft-grade duralumin
  • Color: Meteoric titan
  • Display: 4” WVGA (480 x 800) touchscreen
  • Supported audio formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE (normal, high, fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
  • Sample rate: PCM: 8–384 kHz (8/16/24/32 bits); DSD native: DSD64 (1 bit, 2.4 MHz), stereo / DSD128 (1 bit, 5.6 MHz), stereo / DSD256 (1 bit, 11.2 MHz), stereo
  • Output level: Unbalance 2.2 Vrms, balance 2.3 Vrms (condition no load)
  • DAC: AKM AK4490 x 2 (dual DAC)
  • Decoding: Support up to 32 bit / 384 kHz bit-to-bit decoding
  • Input: USB micro-B input for charging and data transfer (PC and Mac) / connection mode: MTP (media device)
  • Outputs: Phones 3.5mm, optical out 3.5mm, balanced out 2.5mm (only 4-pole supported)
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
  • Bluetooth: V4.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptX)
  • Frequency response: +/- 0.053dB 20Hz–20kHz (unbalance and balance); +/- 0.56dB 10Hz–70kHz (unbalance); +/- 0.55dB 10Hz–70kHz (balance)
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 116 dB at 1 kHz (unbalance), 117 dB at 1 kHz (balance)
  • Crosstalk: 130 dB at 1 kHz (unbalance), 135 dB at 1 kHz (balance)
  • THD+N: 0.0008% at 1 kHz (unbalance), 0.0007% at 1 kHz (balance)
  • IMD SMPTE: 0.0007% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) unbalance; 0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) balance
  • Output impedance: balanced out 2.5mm (1 ohm), phones 3.5mm (2 ohm)
  • Clock jitter: 30ps (typ)
  • Reference clock jitter: 200 femtoseconds
  • Battery capacity: 3,4000mAh 3.7V li-polymer battery
  • Built-in memory: 256 GB (NAND)
  • External memory: MicroSD (max 128 GB) x 1
  • Supported OS: Windows XP; Windows 7, 8, 10 (32/64 bit); Mac OS X 10.7 and up
  • Feature enhancements: Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
  • Dimensions: 3.14 x 4.42 x 0.7 in (79.8 x 112.4 x 17.9 mm)
  • Weight: 8.11 oz (230 g)

Leather Case

  • Tudor side calf leather from Italy’s Iniziative Conciarie Associate (INCAS) workshop
  • Small internal gap to reduce damage due to friction with screw cap


  • 2 leather cases
  • Glass screen protection kit


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is June 20, 2018 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.

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