- Dual DAC: Dual DAC in the AK70 MK II separates the left and right audio channels from input to output
- Higher Audio Output: Higher audio output with the same signature refined sound of Astell&Kern
- Compact: Compact for one-handed operation and portability
- USB DAC: Connect to PC/Mac via USB and use the AK70 MK II to provide better sound quality
- Product of The Year: 'What Hi-Fi? Awards' Product of the Year for 2017
Astell and Kern AK70 MKII (2nd Gen) Portable Music Player
Back in black and ready to impress! The AK70 MKII has a whole lot to offer with its advanced features. Dual DAC separates the left and right audio channels from input to output. Higher audio output with the same refined sound signature of Astell&Kern. Compact size for easy carrying and one-handed operation. The AK70 has been reborn as the AK70 MKII through Astell&Kern's accumulated know-how.
Dual DAC Functionality
The advantage of a dual DAC player has now become available to everyone. The AK70 MKII is the first model from Astell&Kern to be equipped with a dual DAC for under a thousand dollars. Its separated channel circuit design offers less noise and interference, yet adds more fidelity and audio output power, to create a bigger sound stage with clearer imaging when paired with your favorite cans or speakers.
Higher audio output with the same refined Astell&Kern sound signature
With a substantial power output of 4.0Vrms from the balanced output, the AK70 MKII can drive a wide range of heavy, hard-to-drive headphones without a problem thanks to Astell&Kern's latest audio design technology.
While maintaining the natural and neutral tone and sound signature Astell&Kern is famous for, the newly designed audio circuit creates authentic sounds by exceeding previous Hi-Fi Audio specifications, including SNR, Crosstalk, and THD+N, over previous models.
The powerful AK70 MKII's sound quality is sure to please even the most discerning music aficionado.
Compact size for easy carrying and one-handed operation
AK70 MKII delivers superb Hi-Fi audio quality in a pocket-sized portable, a must-have feature for listeners who want high quality sound any place and anytime. No need to compromise with lossy, compressed music anymore. The ergonomic body design fits nicely in the palm of the hand, making operation a smooth, one-handed experience.
24-bit, 192 kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback and Balanced Output
The AK70 MKII plays any resolution of digital files up to 24-bit/192 kHz, bit-for-bit. 32-bit audio and single or double rate DSD can also be played, but it will be converted to PCM or downsampled.
The AK70 MKII delivers original sound using the 2.5mm 4-pole balanced output that Astell&Kern first pioneered on the AK240 (and other manufacturers soon adopted). The balanced out provides a more powerful audio signal with less noise interference.
USB Audio and DAC
A simple USB connection will allow the AK70 MKII to be used as a digital music storage device and/or pre-amp to output digital audio through USB. The AK70 MKII transfers DSD in native format through DoP (DSD over PCM) and converts DSD to PCM for output for external USB Audio that do not support DoP.
Connect to your PC/Mac computer, or other system, via a USB cable and use the AK70 MKII's hardware to provide better sound quality. The AK70 MKII, when used as a USB DAC, will bring out more detail and provide a better listening experience than your computer is capable of delivering, even when listening to your favorite streaming service! When using the AK70 MKII as a USB DAC, playback up to 24-bit, 96kHz is supported to deliver a much richer sound through a larger soundstage and resolution that goes far beyond the limits of an embedded sound card. Want to easily play back DSD on your computer? No problem. Using the PC's embedded sound card usually requires a complicated process to playback DSD data, but with the AK70 MKII, simply install our DAC driver on your PC/MAC and play DSD with ease.
AK Connect, a DLNA-based music control app, is available on the AK70 MKII and smart devices including your phone or tablet. You can easily control playback, volume, streaming over Wi-Fi and more with this free app from Astell&Kern. AK Connect allows for convenient access to all of your connected music libraries including your smart devices, computers, NAS drive, other Astell&Kern Wi-Fi enabled products or any other DLNA compatible music system on your local network. AK Connect app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
- 1 year warranty (honoured by Astell & Kern directly)
- Noir black aluminium body with 3.3inch TFT LCD display
- Supports WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF and DSF file formats
- Dual Cirrus Logic CS4398 DACs
- WiFi and Bluetooth Enabled
- 64GB internal memory, can be expanded using microSD cards (Max 256GB)