Astell & Kern AK380

Portable High Resolution Audio Player

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£2,999

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Everything Astell & Kern knows about high resolution music distilled into one, amazing machine. The Astell & Kern AK380 is the ultimate High Resolution music player.

Native DSD support

Unlike it baby brothers, the AK380 features native DSD support. Originally designed for SACD players, DSD (Direct Stream Digital) encoded music files offer stunning levels of detail and resolution. Processing DSD signals from the source can be tricky, though, which is why the AK320 and AK300 simply convert them to inferior PCM signals. With the AK380, however, Astell and Kern have employed a dedicated XMOS chipset, specifically for the purpose. The result is effortless streaming of DSD files with the huge dynamic range, 'inky' quiet backdrop and all the subtle detail you'd expect from the format.

32bit/384kHz bit-bit playback for professional sound reproduction
The range-topping AK380 is unique in the AK range in being able to handle 32-bit music without conversion (native). Other products traditionally use Sample Rate Converters (SRC) that down sample the signal for playback. The AK380 is capable of playing back 32-bit, 384 kHz original sound without any down sampling. The result is the AK380 plays up to 32-bit, 384 kHz, any 24-bit music files, or double layer DSD 5.6MHz natively, without conversion or compression, giving the highest level of sound quality possible.

A wide choice of music already available
There are many HD Audio recordings already available to download online and you may already have started a collection on your computer or NAS drive. Where the AK380 really scores is being able to take those recordings with you - in the highest quality possible. The AK380 supports a wide range of file formats, including WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE (Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF and DSF.

Dual DACS
By using twin DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertors) the AK380 further pushes the boundaries of the sound quality possible from a portable device. Usually only found in high-end CD players, DACs and streamers, using dual DACs is a sign of true audiophile quality. By using one DAC for the left channel and another for the right, the AK380 offers channel precision and stereo imaging that's well beyond most rivals. The DACs themselves are AKM's highly regarded AK4490 models which offer superb resolution, a wide dynamic range and low noise.

Exquisite design and construction quality
Astell & Kern have worked long and hard on the design of the AK380, ensuring it not only feels good to hold but also has peerless ergonomics. An example of this can be seen with the volume control. The diamond patterned knob is shielded by the casing, making it both easy to grip yet not so easy to knock by mistake. The casing isn't so much constructed as crafted. Starting out as a solid billet of Aircraft Grade Duralumin, the casing is both exceptionally strong and stylish. As part of a 12-stage process the casing is carved, sandblasted, diamond cut, anodised and laser etched to form a beautiful body that's good to hold but strong as an ox. As a final design flourish, the rear panel is a genuine carbon fibre plate.

AK Connect app and DLNA
Astell & Kern has further enhanced the AK380 via the AK Connect app. Wireless networking DLNA (version 1.0) connects to a NAS or PC, and is easily controlled with a smartphone or tablet through AK Connect. Music files on a PC or NAS can be freely transferred and streamed without the hassle of turning on the computer and physically connecting with a cable. If you're on the same access point (AP) network, music files on a PC or NAS can be played back via DLNA.

USB DAC functionality
Thanks to its USB interface, the AK380 can also be used as a USB DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) for your PC or Mac. Connecting via USB bypasses the computer's soundcard, giving you the benefit of the AK380's high quality DAC for superior sound quality. You can either stream your favourite music services or access your computer's stored music files. The output can then be forwarded to your headphones or home hi-fi system.

Huge 256GB internal memory with support for 384GB
With a whopping 256GB of internal memory, the AK380 can store about 2500 MQS (24bit/96kHz, 4 minute-long, 90MB) songs on its flash memory. With the addition of an optional 128GB microSD card, this storage space increases to a class-leading 384GB.

Designed for music devotees who demand the best, the Astell & Kern AK380 delivers a new standard in High Resolution Audio.

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

*Purchase this AK380 player and claim a free pair of JH Audio Rosie Earphones worth £799! Whilst stocks last.


Everything Astell & Kern knows about high resolution music distilled into one, amazing machine. The Astell & Kern AK380 is the ultimate High Resolution music player.

Native DSD support

Unlike it baby brothers, the AK380 features native DSD support. Originally designed for SACD players, DSD (Direct Stream Digital) encoded music files offer stunning levels of detail and resolution. Processing DSD signals from the source can be tricky, though, which is why the AK320 and AK300 simply convert them to inferior PCM signals. With the AK380, however, Astell and Kern have employed a dedicated XMOS chipset, specifically for the purpose. The result is effortless streaming of DSD files with the huge dynamic range, 'inky' quiet backdrop and all the subtle detail you'd expect from the format.

32bit/384kHz bit-bit playback for professional sound reproduction
The range-topping AK380 is unique in the AK range in being able to handle 32-bit music without conversion (native). Other products traditionally use Sample Rate Converters (SRC) that down sample the signal for playback. The AK380 is capable of playing back 32-bit, 384 kHz original sound without any down sampling. The result is the AK380 plays up to 32-bit, 384 kHz, any 24-bit music files, or double layer DSD 5.6MHz natively, without conversion or compression, giving the highest level of sound quality possible.

A wide choice of music already available
There are many HD Audio recordings already available to download online and you may already have started a collection on your computer or NAS drive. Where the AK380 really scores is being able to take those recordings with you - in the highest quality possible. The AK380 supports a wide range of file formats, including WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE (Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF and DSF.

Dual DACS
By using twin DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertors) the AK380 further pushes the boundaries of the sound quality possible from a portable device. Usually only found in high-end CD players, DACs and streamers, using dual DACs is a sign of true audiophile quality. By using one DAC for the left channel and another for the right, the AK380 offers channel precision and stereo imaging that's well beyond most rivals. The DACs themselves are AKM's highly regarded AK4490 models which offer superb resolution, a wide dynamic range and low noise.

Exquisite design and construction quality
Astell & Kern have worked long and hard on the design of the AK380, ensuring it not only feels good to hold but also has peerless ergonomics. An example of this can be seen with the volume control. The diamond patterned knob is shielded by the casing, making it both easy to grip yet not so easy to knock by mistake. The casing isn't so much constructed as crafted. Starting out as a solid billet of Aircraft Grade Duralumin, the casing is both exceptionally strong and stylish. As part of a 12-stage process the casing is carved, sandblasted, diamond cut, anodised and laser etched to form a beautiful body that's good to hold but strong as an ox. As a final design flourish, the rear panel is a genuine carbon fibre plate.

AK Connect app and DLNA
Astell & Kern has further enhanced the AK380 via the AK Connect app. Wireless networking DLNA (version 1.0) connects to a NAS or PC, and is easily controlled with a smartphone or tablet through AK Connect. Music files on a PC or NAS can be freely transferred and streamed without the hassle of turning on the computer and physically connecting with a cable. If you're on the same access point (AP) network, music files on a PC or NAS can be played back via DLNA.

USB DAC functionality
Thanks to its USB interface, the AK380 can also be used as a USB DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) for your PC or Mac. Connecting via USB bypasses the computer's soundcard, giving you the benefit of the AK380's high quality DAC for superior sound quality. You can either stream your favourite music services or access your computer's stored music files. The output can then be forwarded to your headphones or home hi-fi system.

Huge 256GB internal memory with support for 384GB
With a whopping 256GB of internal memory, the AK380 can store about 2500 MQS (24bit/96kHz, 4 minute-long, 90MB) songs on its flash memory. With the addition of an optional 128GB microSD card, this storage space increases to a class-leading 384GB.

Designed for music devotees who demand the best, the Astell & Kern AK380 delivers a new standard in High Resolution Audio.

More Information
Dimensions WxDxH 80 x 18 x 112
DLNA Compliant Y
USB 1
Weight (KG) 230g
Brand Astell & Kern
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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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