About the Astell&Kern A&ultima SP2000
Premium high-res portable audio
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Premium high-res portable audio
Astell&Kern names their A&ultima SP2000 portable music player the flagship of their A&ultima series. This powerful player is equipped with advanced, custom-designed electronics that ensure an exceptionally accurate playback from your digital music files. And that translates to richly detailed, realistic sound that draws you into the performance.
Wirelessly stream high-resolution music from your computer or NAS drive via Wi-Fi. Stream high-res music to wireless headphones via Bluetooth.Plus, the player can serve as an external DAC (digital-to-analog converter) for your computer, delivering a cleaner, more accurate signal to your speakers.
Built for high-performance audio
The SP2000 has dual digital-to-analog converters (DACs), one for each stereo channel. The player also has separate circuits for balanced and unbalanced stereo output. This ensures near-perfect sonic detail and dynamic range, a completely quiet background, and a spacious soundstage.
Astell&Kern custom-modified the AKM AK4499EQ DACs they put in the SP2000. The DACs can do native playback of Direct Stream Digital (DSD) files up to 22.4MHz. And they also deliver bit-perfect playback for PCM-based files up to 32-bit/768kHz.
A voltage-controlled high-precision clock tames detail-smearing jitter. This ensures your music will sound as natural and finely detailed as possible.
This DAC configuration produces an amazing amount of detail from your CD-quality and compressed music files, too. The player also supports MQA, a high-resolution audio format used by TIDAL and other streaming music services.
Large storage for your music files
The player features 512GB of internal memory — great for the larger file sizes of high-res audio. And its microSD card slot can handle cards up to 1TB, for a total possible capacity of 1.5TB — enough memory to store thousands of high-resolution FLAC files.
Fast charging and file transfer
The SP2000 uses USB 3.0 for charging the built-in battery and transferring files. Get a full charge in as little as three hours, plus transfer files at a rate of up to 10GB per second.
- dual AKM AK4499EQ digital-to-analog converters for native playback of high-resolution audio files
- up to 32-bit/768kHz for PCM and 22.4MHz for DSD
- one DAC each for the left and right channels for proper stereo separation
- plays MP3, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, AIFF, WMA, DFF, DSF, and MQA file formats
- 512GB internal flash memory
- microSD card slot for cards up to 1TB (up to 1.5TB total memory)
- built-in rechargeable battery with up to 8 hours of operation
Display and controls:
- 5" high-definition touchscreen display
- simplified home screen focuses primarily on music playback
- analog knob on the side controls volume and power
Processing and wireless features:
- octa-core CPU for increased processing speed
- quick boot up, snappy controls, and lag-free operation when playing large digital music files
- built-in dual-band Wi-Fi for streaming and downloading music from a networked computer
- Bluetooth 4.1-compatible (A2DP, not recommended for files with sampling rates greater than 48kHz)
AK Connect app:
- free download from Apple® App Store or Google Play
- stream music stored on the player wirelessly to compatible DLNA speakers
- stream music stored on DLNA devices to DLNA speaker systems
- stream music stored on NAS drives or computers to the player
- built-in support for TIDAL music service (subscription required)
Connections and specs:
- high-speed USB 3.0 Type-C port (cable included)
- quick drag-and-drop file transfer and fast battery charging
- 3.5mm unbalanced headphone/optical digital output
- 2.5mm balanced output (only 4-pole connection supported)
- output level: 3Vrms (unbalanced)/ 6Vrms (balanced)
- output impedance: 1.5 ohms (3.5mm headphone output)
- total harmonic distortion: 0.0005% (1kHz, unbalanced output)
- signal-to-noise ratio: 124 dB (unbalanced)
- 3"W x 5-1/4"H x 5/8"D
- copper casing
- leather case and protective screen film
- weight: 15.25 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 3PPA33AC-CMCGN1
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