Aster & Kern AK380 Copper



Astell & Kern is a brand that, in recent years, has become known for making very high-end audio products. The latest addition is presented AK380 Copper, a special limited edition of the portable audio player AK380. A differ is the material used for the chassis: AK380 uses the duralumin, while AK380 Copper is machined from a block of copper from 1.7 kilograms, with a coating to prevent oxidation. Astell & Kern argues that copper does not involve only aesthetic differences, but also changes the sound played by the player.

The rest of the specifications (weight in part: AK380 came in at 230 grams, AK380 Copper 350 grams) is the same for both versions: find a double-DAC AKM AK4490 32-bit, an advanced circuit for jitter reduction and Also, an optional module, containing a headphone amplifier.

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Aster & Kern AK380 Copper

On the front is a touchscreen display 4 “, while for data storage are 256GB, expandable via microSD (up to 128GB). And ‘supported playback of DSD and are Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The battery has a capacity of 3.400mAh. Compatible files are: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE (Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, FDF and DSF. With the USB Micro-B you can connect the player to the PC and Mac to use it as a digital to analog converter outside.

The list price will be, as always, very high (in this case even more than usual), they speak well of 3,299 pounds, approximately 4350 Euros, corresponding to a premium of 300 pounds, compared to the “standard” model. The pieces for sale, by the end of January, will be 500




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