Acoustic Research M20

Portable High Resolution Audio Player

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£599

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Slimmer, lighter and better value than ever, the Acoustic Research M20 makes High Resolution audio more accessible.

Pocket, High-Resolution sound

High Resolution Audio provides music files in 24 bit/96kHz, 24 bit/192kHz or 32 bit/384kHz formats. Digital music files at this level provide a much more detailed and smoother sound than typical CD (16 bit/44.1kHz) files. The difference between HD (High Definition) music and typical MP3/AAC compressed music files is even greater, making these formats sound highly compressed and lacking detail by comparison.

Supports a massive range of files, including DSD
The Acoustic Research AR-M20 supports pretty much any High Resolution audio format, letting it make the most of your music library. Support for the following is standard; WAV, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC and APE up to 24 bit/192kHz and DSD64 plus DSD128 (higher rate formats are down-converted to 192kHz or 176.4kHz. DSD is played via conversion to PCM).

Designed with audio quality in mind
At the heart of the M20 is quad-core CPU running the proven Android OS4.3. This provides a powerful and reliable processor for Acoustic Research to base the M20 around. A Burr Brown PCM5242 DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) provides a superb signal-to-noise ratio giving a punchy, dynamic sound that's subtle, too. AR's Music Player significantly enhances the sound of the standard Android OS, for greatly improved realism.

Tailor the sound
Equipped with a high-resolution effect function, you can tailor the sound to suit your music. Presets include Normal, Classic, Dance, Flat, Folk, Heavy Metal, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop and Rock. User Bass boost strengthens the bass and 3D strengthens the three-dimensional space for a more spacious sound.

Powerful headphone amp
As well as offering High-Resolution sound, the M20 also boasts a powerful built-in headphone amplifier. The Texas Instruments amp is more usually fitted to dedicated headphone amps and is many times more powerful than the headphone amps usually fitted in rival players and smartphones. What this means is that you can use even the most demanding headphones and get the very best from their dynamic range.

Expandable memory
As standard the AR-M20 comes with a handy 64GB of memory built-in. Make use of the Micro SDXC card slot and this can be boosted up to 200GB - enough for over 3000 FLAC files of around 5 minutes each at 24 bit/96kHz quality.

Improved playback time
Charged within around four hours, the M20 offers a playback time of up to 16 hours - that's over 75% more than the M2 model.

Slimmer and lighter
By using simpler components, the M20 is both slimmer and lighter than the M2 model. The depth has been reduced by a third from 15mm to 10mm and the weight has reduced from 240g to 177g, both of which make it feel a lot lighter in your pocket.

Wi-Fi enabled for streaming and updates
You get a choice of how you connect up the AR-M20 to your other components. For the fastest and most stable connection to your PC or Mac we'd recommend USB. As a cable-free alternative, choose Wi-Fi for streaming from NAS drives or other DLNA enabled devices such as your laptop.

Leave the smartphone for calls/apps and pack the AR-M20 for music as it was meant to be heard - in glorious High Resolution.

We'll happily come to you!

Our experienced advisors are able to visit you at your home or place of work today, to help select the right equipment at the best prices

Slimmer, lighter and better value than ever, the Acoustic Research M20 makes High Resolution audio more accessible.

Pocket, High-Resolution sound

High Resolution Audio provides music files in 24 bit/96kHz, 24 bit/192kHz or 32 bit/384kHz formats. Digital music files at this level provide a much more detailed and smoother sound than typical CD (16 bit/44.1kHz) files. The difference between HD (High Definition) music and typical MP3/AAC compressed music files is even greater, making these formats sound highly compressed and lacking detail by comparison.

Supports a massive range of files, including DSD
The Acoustic Research AR-M20 supports pretty much any High Resolution audio format, letting it make the most of your music library. Support for the following is standard; WAV, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC and APE up to 24 bit/192kHz and DSD64 plus DSD128 (higher rate formats are down-converted to 192kHz or 176.4kHz. DSD is played via conversion to PCM).

Designed with audio quality in mind
At the heart of the M20 is quad-core CPU running the proven Android OS4.3. This provides a powerful and reliable processor for Acoustic Research to base the M20 around. A Burr Brown PCM5242 DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) provides a superb signal-to-noise ratio giving a punchy, dynamic sound that's subtle, too. AR's Music Player significantly enhances the sound of the standard Android OS, for greatly improved realism.

Tailor the sound
Equipped with a high-resolution effect function, you can tailor the sound to suit your music. Presets include Normal, Classic, Dance, Flat, Folk, Heavy Metal, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop and Rock. User Bass boost strengthens the bass and 3D strengthens the three-dimensional space for a more spacious sound.

Powerful headphone amp
As well as offering High-Resolution sound, the M20 also boasts a powerful built-in headphone amplifier. The Texas Instruments amp is more usually fitted to dedicated headphone amps and is many times more powerful than the headphone amps usually fitted in rival players and smartphones. What this means is that you can use even the most demanding headphones and get the very best from their dynamic range.

Expandable memory
As standard the AR-M20 comes with a handy 64GB of memory built-in. Make use of the Micro SDXC card slot and this can be boosted up to 200GB - enough for over 3000 FLAC files of around 5 minutes each at 24 bit/96kHz quality.

Improved playback time
Charged within around four hours, the M20 offers a playback time of up to 16 hours - that's over 75% more than the M2 model.

Slimmer and lighter
By using simpler components, the M20 is both slimmer and lighter than the M2 model. The depth has been reduced by a third from 15mm to 10mm and the weight has reduced from 240g to 177g, both of which make it feel a lot lighter in your pocket.

Wi-Fi enabled for streaming and updates
You get a choice of how you connect up the AR-M20 to your other components. For the fastest and most stable connection to your PC or Mac we'd recommend USB. As a cable-free alternative, choose Wi-Fi for streaming from NAS drives or other DLNA enabled devices such as your laptop.

Leave the smartphone for calls/apps and pack the AR-M20 for music as it was meant to be heard - in glorious High Resolution.
More Information
Battery Life Up to 16 hours
Dimensions WxDxH 70w x 10d x 136h
High Resolution Audio Y
USB 1
Weight (KG) 177g
Wireless Connection Yes
Brand Acoustic Research
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Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available for online purchases of selected products. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

Lowest price guaranteed! We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trace in discounts.
T&Cs apply

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We'll happily come to you!

Our experienced advisors are able to visit you at your home or place of work today, to help select the right equipment at the best prices

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