Astell & Kern AK240 Blue Note DAP
Astell & Kern AK240 Blue Note DAP

Celebrating 75 Years in Jazz & Blues

To commemorate Blue Note Records’ 75-year anniversary, the record company has teamed up with Astell & Kern to release this special package. It includes the highly regarded AK240 music player in an exclusive blue color, appointed with the Blue Note logo and preloaded with 75 Blue Note albums. Remastered as high-fidelity 24-bit/96-kHz files, the collection also comes on individual microSD cards in acrylic glass cases, which you can stack and show off on the included display tower. Relive Blue Note’s storied history, from Thelonious Monk’s first sessions to Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit. You’ll also get a hardbound book with original album artwork and Richard Havers’ new book, Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression.

Astell & Kern AK240 Blue Note DAP

About the AK240

A premium, feature-packed music player, the Astell & Kern AK240 builds on the success of the AK100 and AK120 models with improved left and right channel separation and 256 gigs of internal memory—that’s about 2,500 four-minute songs.The duo of Cirrus Logic 4398 DACs allows for native transferring of DSD files without first converting them to the PCM format. This allows for greater clarity, instrumental separation, and detail with little or no distortion. The player supports virtually any digital audio file up to 24-bit/192-kHz resolution, as well as double-rate DSD formats at a max 298 Mhz, and is complete with a touchscreen and physical volume knob. It can stream files wirelessly, or be used as a USB DAC for your Mac or PC.

Astell & Kern AK240 Blue Note DAP
Astell & Kern AK240 Blue Note DAP
Astell & Kern AK240 Blue Note DAP

Specs

  • Astell & Kern
  • Material: Aircraft-grade duralumin
  • Display: 3.31 in (8.4 cm) WVGA (480x800) AMOLED touchscreen
  • Supported audio formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE (Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
  • Sample rate: FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF: 8kHz~192kHz (8/16/24bits per sample) / DSD native: DSD64 (1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128 (1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo
  • Output level: Unbalance 2.1Vrms / Balance 2.3Vrms (Condition No Load)
  • DAC: Cirrus Logic CS4398 x2 (Dual DAC)
  • Decoding: Support up to 24bit/192kHz bit-to-bit decoding, DSD64/128
  • 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 (2.4GHz)
  • Bluetooth: V4.0 (A2DP, AVRCP)
  • Frequency response: ± 0.023dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalance and balance / ± 0.3dB (Condition: 10Hz~70kHz) Unbalance and balance
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 116dB at 1kHz, unbalance / 117dB at 1kHz, balance
  • Crosstalk: 130dB at 1kHz, unbalance / 135dB at 1kHz, balance
  • THD+N: 0.0007% at 1kHz, unbalance / 0.0005% at 1kHz, balance
  • IMD SMPTE: 0.0004% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) unbalance / 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) balance
  • Output impedance: Balanced out 2.5mm (1 ohm) / PHONES 3.5mm (2 ohm)
  • Clock jitter: 50ps (Typ)
  • Battery capacity: 3,250 mAh 3.7V li-polymer battery
  • Built-in memory: 256GB [NAND]
  • External memory: microSD (max 256GB) x1
  • Supported OS: Windows XP, Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit), Mac OS X 10.7 and up
  • Feature enhancements: Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
  • Dimensions: 2.59” (66 mm) [W] x 4.21” (107 mm) [H] x 0.68” (17.5 mm) [D]
  • Weight: 6.5 oz (185 g)
  • Full list of included albums (scroll to bottom of page) 

Included

  • Blue Note–branded AK240 player in exclusive blue
  • 75 Blue Note albums on microSD cards in acrylic glass cases 
  • Aluminum display tower
  • Hardbound book with original album art for 75 titles
  • Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression by Richard Havers

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Oct 18, 2017 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.