The following is a press release issued by Astell&Kern.
Seoul, Korea | August 11, 2015 – Astell&Kern, the leader in portable high-res audio players, announces the Astell&Kern AKT1, a new all-in-one hi-res sound system that includes speakers, amplifier and high-resolution audio decoding in one unit, is now shipping.
The Astell&Kern AKT1 is a true lifestyle product, perfect for city living, an office or anywhere that space is a premium. With the AKT1, you can have audiophile-quality high-resolution audio without the need for multiple components and large speakers. The AKT1 contains everything a person needs to listen to high resolution audio in a single, sleek, modern package that saves space and looks great anywhere.
The AKT1 contains six speakers in a 3-way configuration, featuring two 0.75” tweeters, two 2” midranges, and two 6.5” woofers with a 4th order crossover. The speakers are driven by a hybrid amplifier system, combining the best of analog and digital amplification for the best sound possible. The AKT1 tweeters are driven by an analog amplifier, providing crisp, clear highs, while a digital amplifier drives the midrange speakers and woofers, giving the speakers rich mids and deep, clean bass.
The AKT5 supports playback of 24-bit/192 KHz PCM and native playback of single (DSD64) and double-rate (DSD128) DSD audio files using two (2) Cirrus Logic 4398 DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Chipsets, one for each channel, creating a true Dual-Mono setup that gives clear channel separation, broader dynamic range and wider sound stage.
Playback sources include microSD, optical and auxiliary inputs. The AKT1 includes wired Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 with aptX and DLNA networking support, allowing the AKT1 to stream high resolution music from a network attached storage device, computer, smartphone, portable player or any device compatible with the DLNA protocol. Also included is support for a variety of streaming services and Internet radio stations, which can be accessed and controlled via the 4” LCD touchscreen on the unit. With the AK Connect app for iOS and Android-based smartphones and tablets, you can control playback on the device and stream music located on your device directly to the AKT1.
Henry Park, CEO of iriver, parent company of Astell&Kern, said “The AKT1 is the first all-in-one hi-res music solution from Astell&Kern. People who care about having the best sound possible at home, in the smallest footprint available, can now have one self-contained product to fulfill that desire, without the need to buy multiple components. AKT1 users get top quality speakers, amplifiers and high-resolution audio processing, with the experience of Astell&Kern’s engineering to provide the best sound possible in a single, all-in-one package”
The Astell&Kern AKT1 will be available end of August 2015 for $3,700.
For a list of audio dealers that carry Astell&Kern products, please visit http://www.iriverinc.com/support/wheretobuy.asp.
Launched in October 2012, Astell&Kern is the high-end audiophile brand by iriver. The current Astell&Kern line includes the award-winning second generation AK100 II and AK120 II and the AK240, the entry-level AK Jr and the new flagship AK380 portable high-res audio players capable of playing 24-bit/192 kHz Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) files including DSD. Astell&Kern’s lineup has recently expanded to include accessories such as a full line of In-Ear monitors and headphones, Astell&Kern portable player docking stations, Bluetooth remote controls and line of home audio products including the 500N Network Music Server.