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Astell&Kern A&ultima SP2000

High-resolution portable music player with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® (Copper)

Item # 838SP2000C

The A&ultima SP2000 has the highest playback resolution and most high-res file storage of any Astell&Kern player.

The A&ultima SP2000 has the highest playback resolution and most high-res file storage of any Astell&Kern player.

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About the Astell&Kern A&ultima SP2000

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.
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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.

Wireless conveniences

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.

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Product highlights:

  • 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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