Astell & Kern AK100 Portable Audiophile Player
Astell & Kern AK100 Portable Audiophile Player

Hi-Fi in Your Pocket:

Like most people, you probably travel. Sadly, most audiophile gear doesn’t travel well. That’s why iRiver made the Astell & Kern AK100. This is a 24Bit/192Khz WOLFSON DAC featuring MQS (Mastering Quality Sound) wrapped in black aluminum. The result? Incredible portable sound. Once you add it’s line output and two microSD card slots, you’ve got a full featured, portable, memory expandable, audiophile listening suite. Finally, the AK100 also supports bluetooth 3.0 allowing you to connect bluetooth headphones and speaker.

Astell & Kern AK100 Portable Audiophile Player

How’s it Sound?

iRiver's Astell and Kern line is universally renowned for their high sound quality and the AK100 is where that reputation started.The Wolfson DAC does a great job decoding your high resolution files producing mastering level sound quality. With a fully adjustable EQ, the AK100 comes with a neutral balance that you can alter to create your favorite sound signature. The AK100 is optimized for highly sensitive IEMs like the UE900 but it works just as well with low impedance headphones like the Denon D7000.

Astell & Kern AK100 Portable Audiophile Player

Usability and Expansion

In addition to the on-board memory of 32 GB, the AK100 supports two additional micro SD cards, making the internal memory expandable to 96GB. This is critical when you are dealing with high resolution audio files that take up lots of space. In addition, an intuitive and responsive touch screen interface makes the AK100 a breeze to use. Finding your favorite tracks is fast and easy in this attractive, minimalist folder structure.

Astell & Kern AK100 Portable Audiophile Player

Technical Specs

  • Display: 2.4 inch QVGA (320 x 240) IPS Touchscreen
  • Supported Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE
  • Sample Rate: FLAC, WAV : 8kHz ~ 192kHz (8/16/24 bits per sample)
  • Output Level: 1.5 Vrms (No Load)
  • DAC: Wolfson WM8740 24bit DAC (High-End Audio DAC)
  • Decoding: Supports up to 24bit / 192kHz Bit to Bit Decoding
  • Charging Interface: Micro USB Type-B
  • Interface: USB 2.0, OPTICAL IN/OUT, Headphone Out

Performance Specs

  • Frequency Response: 10Hz to 20kHz +/-0.02dB (24bit 48kHz, No Load)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 110dB (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)
  • Crosstalk: -120dB (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)
  • THD+N: 0.0009% (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)
  • IMD SMPTE: 0.003% (24bit 48kHz, No Load)
  • Output Impedance: 20 ohm
  • Clock Jitter: 90 ps
  • Continuous Playback Time: Up to 16 hours (Standard - MUSIC: FLAC, 16bit, 44kHz, Volume 37, EQ Off, LCD Off)

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Oct 29, 2013 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.