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Press Release: New Astell&Kern AK120 Announced

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Iriver Announces the Launch of the Astell&Kern AK120Professional High-End Portable MQS Player

Munich, Germany – May 9, 2013 –II Hwan Park, CEO and President of iriver, has announced the launch of the second model from the Astell&Kern line of MQS portable players, the AK120 today at High End 2013 in Munich, Germany. Astell&Kern was first launched in 2012 as the high-end brand of iriver and as the first MQS (Mastering Quality Sound) portable player. The newest player, the AK120 was developed to target professional users and audiophiles who demand the very best sound available. The AK120 consists of two (2) DACs (Digital to Analog Converters) that output audio signals independently to each channel, making the AK120 a true dual mono (dual monaural) setup like those found in expensive hi-fi equipment. The dual Wolfson WM8740 DAC chips found in the AK120 dedicates each DAC chip to a completely separate left and right channel. In result, the AK120 provides far superior depth, clarity, and spaciousness to the audio. By providing a much clearer sound with lower distortion, the AK120 truly replicates how the original music was recorded.

Enjoy high-resolution music from genres such as classical, opera, and live music with the Gapless playback feature and professional preset EQ (equalizer) settings of the AK120. With 64GB of built-in memory and the two MicroSD card slots each supporting 64GB cards in each slot, storage is expandable up to 192GB.

The overall design of the AK120 retains the look and feel of the previously released AK100 MQS player, including the brushed black metal and similarly styled volume knob. The body size of the AK120 is slightly larger when compared to the AK100.

The AK120 is bundled with the finest handmade Italian-designed leather case and has a retail price of $1300.

For more information, please visit the official Astell&Kern Site – www.astellnkern.com.

Astell&Kern AK120 Product Specifications

MODEL AK120
Display

2.4inch QVGA [320X240] IPS Touchscreen

Supported Audio Formats

WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE (Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF

(DSD to be supported in the future)

Sample rate

FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF: 8kHz ~ 192kHz (8/16/24bits per Sample)

FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF: 8kHz ~ 48kHz (8/16bits per Sample)

Output Level

L: 1.5Vrms + R: 1.5Vrms (Condition No Load)

Audio Performance

Frequency Response

±0.02dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz)  / ±0.2dB (Condition: 10Hz~70kHz)

Signal to Noise Ratio

113dB (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)

Crosstalk

-128dB (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)

THD+Noise

0.0008% Typ (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)

Clock JITTER

50ps (Typ)

IMD SMPTE

0.0005% (24bit 48kHz, No Load) 800Hz 10kHz (4:1)

Memory Internal Memory

64GB [NAND]

External Memory

Micro SD (Max. 64GB) x 2

DAC

Wolfson WM8740 x 2

Decoding

Supports up to 24bit/192kHz Bit-to-Bit Decoding

Bluetooth

3.0 (A2DP, HFP, HID)

Charging Interface

Micro USB Type-B

Interface

USB 2.0, OPTICAL IN/OUT, Headphone Out

Battery Capacity/Type

2,350mAh Li-Polymer Battery

Continuous Playback Time

Up to 14 hours (Condition: Format type FLAC, 16bit, 44kHz, Volume 37, EQ Off, LCD Off)

Charging Time

About 6.5 hours

Size

2.33” [W] x 3.5” [H] x 0.6” [D] (in)

Weight

6.1oz

Feature Enhancements

Firmware upgrades supported

Supported OS

Windows XP/Vista/7/8, MAC OS X 10.6.5 and up

Astell&Kern AK120, 100 Comparison Specifications

MODEL

AK120

AK100

Display

2.4inch QVGA [320X240] IPS Touchscreen

Supported Audio Formats

WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE (Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF (DSD to be supported in the future)

WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE (Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF

Sample rate

FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF: 8kHz ~ 192kHz (8/16/24bits per Sample)

FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF: 8kHz ~ 48kHz (8/16bits per Sample)

Output Level

L: 1.5Vrms + R: 1.5Vrms (Condition No Load)

Audio Performance

Frequency Response

±0.02dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz)  / ±0.2dB (Condition: 10Hz~70kHz)

±0.02dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) / ±0.2dB (Condition: 10Hz~20kHz)

Signal to Noise Ratio

113dB (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)

110dB (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)

Crosstalk

-128dB (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)

-120dB (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)

THD+Noise

0.0008% Typ (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)

0.0009% (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)

Clock JITTER

50ps (typ)

90ps

IMD SMPTE

0.0005% (24bit 48kHz, No Load)

800Hz 10kHz (4:1)

0.003% (24bit 48kHz, No Load)

Memory Internal Memory

64GB [NAND]

32GB [NAND]

External Memory

Micro SD (Max. 64GB) x 2

Micro SD (Max. 32GB) x 2

DAC

Wolfson WM8740 x 2

Wolfson WM8740 x 1

Decoding

Supports up to 24bit/192kHz Bit-to-Bit Decoding

Bluetooth

3.0 (A2DP, HFP, HID)

3.0 (A2DP, HFP)

Charging Interface

Micro USB Type-B

Interface

USB 2.0, OPTICAL IN/OUT, Headphone Out

Battery Volume

2,350mAh Li-Polymer Battery

2,000mAh Li-Polymer Battery

Continuous

Playback Time

Up to 14hours (Condition: Format type FLAC, 16bit, 44kHz, Volume 37, EQ Off, LCD Off)

Upto 16 hours (Condition: Format type FLAC, 16bit, 44kHz, Volume 37, EQ Off, LCD Off)

Charging Time

About 6.5 hours

About 5 hours

Dimensions

2.3” [W] x 3.5” [H] x 0.6” [D] (in)

2.33” [W] x 2.8” [H] x 0.6” [D] (in)

Weight

6.1oz

4.3oz

Feature Enhancements

Firmware upgrades supported

Supported OS

Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OSX 10.6.5+

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8

2 Comments on Press Release: New Astell&Kern AK120 Announced

  1. Soundminded // May 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM //

    “audiophiles who demand the very best sound available”
    ” In result, the AK120 provides far superior depth, clarity, and spaciousness to the audio. By providing a much clearer sound with lower distortion, the AK120 truly replicates how the original music was recorded.”

    Damn! What am I supposed to do with my AK100, give it away at a fire sale price on e-bay? How can I live with it knowing that there’s a much better one out there? I’ve got to go out and get the AK120, right now, today, this very minute. Wait a second. What if next week they come out with an even better AK140, then what? Maybe I’d better just wait and see. Can it get better than it already is? Hmmm, that’s what I thought about the AK100 too.

    • Part-Time Audiophile // May 10, 2013 at 3:58 PM //

      These releases are a bit ridiculous.

      The new one is dual mono, if that helps. Two DACs, one per channel. Does that make a difference? Who knows. Maybe.

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