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Astell&Kern Brings Three Premium Hi-Fi Portables To Singapore

Astell&Kern, a South Korean hi-fi audio firm, has announced the availability of three portables for audiophiles here in Singapore today. The A&Ultima SP2000 and KANN CUBE high-resolution digital audio player (DAP), along with the  SP1000 AMP amplifier for the SP1000 adds to the extensive range of options in the company’s lineup.

The A&Ultima SP2000 (SGD 5,299) is the third in the brand’s A&Ultima line of DAPs. It is the brand’s first player that separates independent audio channels between the unbalanced and balanced outputs, offering more power at the same time.

The SP2000 is the next in line for Astell&Kern’s A&Ultima family. Image: Astell&Kern

In a dual-mono configuration, the SP2000 leverages on dual AKM AK4499EQ digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) to enhance the soundstage and stereo separation. The player is also tuned to optimise acoustic details for a more life-like performance. 

Within, the SP2000 is powered by an octa-core CPU and offers twice the internal storage capacity over its predecessors at 512GB. 

The build is as important on the SP2000 as ever to Astell&Kern. With a screw-free design, the stainless steel back panel offers a sleek form-factor. Added detailing on the volume wheel, along with the geometric design of the chassis and the light-dispersing metallic body on the SP2000 provides a luxurious look and feel.

The A&Ultima SP2000 will be available in Stainless Steel and Copper.

The KANN CUBE (SGD 2,349) positions itself to be the next generation in hi-fi audio. With a built-in headphone amplifier, the KANN CUBE is able to drive any headphone without any additional bulk. 

The KANN CUBE is a beefy hi-fi player with a bevy of pro features. Image: Astell&Kern

It features a pair of 80 channel ESS Sabre ES9038PRO DACs in dual-mono configuration – a DAC that is used in high-end studio and home pro audio equipment. A 5-pin Mini XLR connector also makes it easy to link the device up with home hi-fi set-ups. 

The KANN CUBE will be available in Wolf Gray.

Designed for the A&Ultima SP1000, the Astell&Kern SP1000 AMP (SGD 1,249) provides high gain balanced 10Vrms and unbalanced 6.2Vrms output, powering even headphones with a high impedance.

The SP1000 AMP will be available in Stainless Steel, Copper and Black. Image: Astell&Kern

The SP1000 AMP is designed to seamlessly dock with the SP1000 player, melding to form a single block. This also means that charging and volume control is done centrally unlike separate amplifiers that require separate controls and multiple batteries to manage – in addition to messy cables.

The SP1000 AMP melds perfectly with the SP1000 to form a contiguous device. Image: Astell&Kern

The amplifier features a 3,700mAh battery that provides continuous music playback to up to 9 hours.

It will be available in Stainless Steel, Copper and Black to match the S1000 player.

All devices will be available from July 2019 at authorised retailers AV One, AV One Lazada, Challenger Musica Boutique, Connect-IT, E1 Personal Audio Singapore, Jaben, Music Sanctuary, Stereo Electronics and Treoo.com.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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