Astell&Kern Adds to A&ultima Flagship Player Line with the SP1000M Astell&Kern, a global leader in portable high-resolution audio players and accessories, have announced the newest player in their flagship player line, the A&ultima SP1000M. The SP1000M is a smaller-sized flagship player based on the 2018 CES Best Of Innovations Award-winning SP1000 player. Available in Lapris Blue.
Both High Output and Vivid Sound
The ultimate in sound quality, this is follows the first Astell & Kern player to feature an octa-core CPU for outstanding response and performance,The latest AK4497EQ dual-DAC design and the upgraded CPU in the SP1000M allows for accurate playback of native 32bit/384kHz audio with no compromise on sound quality. The music is played back, bit-for-bit, just as the artist and engineer intended for it to be heard. The SP1000M also supports native bit-to-bit DSD playback up to 11.2MHz for the best sound possible.
Traditional audio has suffered from noise and distortion as power output is increased. Astell&Kern’s advanced audio design and signal management technologies used in the A&ultima SP1000M brings more power output with less noise and minimal distortion.
The A&ultima SP1000M is a one of a kind, high end, powerful high resolution music player equipped with the latest advanced features. Along with a high definition HD display to create the best viewing experience and an innovative new multi-function volume wheel, the player comes with 256GB of internal storage (expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card), 3.5mm, optical and 2.5mm balanced outputs, and supports WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF and DSF audio formats. The SP1000M features a 4.1-inch HD screen vs the 5-inch screen on the SP1000 and the weight of the new SP1000M player has been reduced by almost half of the full-sized SP1000, Making it more portable but no less powerful!
The A&ultima line of players by Astell&Kern feature the latest technology and high-end audio performance that is available in a portable player. The A&ultima SP1000M is equipped with two AK4497EQ DACs. A separate DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) is dedicated to each independent left and right audio channel, producing a wider soundstage and better stereo separation. With the addition of an Octa-Core CPU, the A&ultima SP1000M not only boots faster, but is able to process digital audio playback without lag or compromise in sound. This will provide the ultimate sound experience for the user. Astell&Kern’s advanced audio design and signal management technologies used in the A&ultima SP1000M brings more power output with less noise and minimal distortion.
Equipped with a 4.1 inch, HD-resolution screen, the A&ultima SP1000M provides sharp images and vivid colours to display album art, music playback and player information. The redesigned, music-centric GUI that debuted on the full-sized SP1000 is also used on the SP1000M.
Faster Charging and Quick File Transfer
Next generation USB Type-C support allows file transfer speeds up to 10Gbps and supports both data transfer and charging from the same cable. USB 3.0 protocol transfers data twice as fast when compared to other Astell&Kern players. Charging with a fast charger (at 9V/1.67A) takes only two hours and allows up to 12 hours of continuous playback. The maximum 12 hours of continuous play is based on a 24-bit/96 kHz, FLAC file audio file, with the screen off, at 50% volume level, and power output set at low gain playback. A fast charger rated 9V/1.67A or a general charger rated 5V/2A are not included.
Additional features of the A&ultima SP1000M include support of native playback of 32-bit/384kHz high-resolution PCM audio and native playback of DSD audio, up to Quad-rate (DSD256), 4.2Vrms Balanced output, a Parametric EQ (PEQ), VCXO Reference Clock (Femto Clock) for minimal jitter, Wi-Fi connectivity, support for the AK Connect app, USB DAC function, DLNA networking support, OTA software updates, digital audio output via USB, apt X HD Bluetooth, and support for high-resolution music streaming services including TIDAL, MOOV and Groovers+ (support for streaming services varies by country).
New firmware will debut with the SP1000M that adds Android APK support, allowing users to install additional music streaming services to their player by simply copying and installing the corresponding APK file for the music service they wish to add.
- 1 year warranty (honoured by Astell & Kern directly)
- 4.1-inch HD screen
- 2 AK4497EQ DACs
- USB Type-C 3.0 support
- 128GB of internal memory with one microSD card slot supporting up to 512GB