Astell & Kern AK70 MK2 Portable High Resolution Audio Player

Astell & Kern AK70 MK2 (Black)

Portable High Resolution Audio Player

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"The precise, dynamic and open character are very much the core of the AK70 MKII's sonic signature.” What Hi-Fi? award winner 2017. Product of the Year.

Now with Dual DACS

By using twin DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertors) the AK70 Mk2 further improves upon the technical prowess of the original model. 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 AK70 Mk2 offers channel precision and stereo imaging that's well beyond most rivals.

Superior sound quality
With an improved spec come better figures and better figures mean improved sound. Signal to Noise Ratio, Crosstalk and Total Harmonic Distortion figures have all improved over the first AK70. This means get more detail, greater realism and a punchier, more dynamic sound.

A wide choice of music 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 AK70 Mk2 really scores is being able to take those recordings with you - in the highest quality possible. The AK70 Mk2 supports a wide range of file formats, including WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE(Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF and DSF.

DSD support by conversion
As well as the above formats, the AK70 Mk2 also supports DSD 64 and 128 formats via conversion. Originally designed for SACD players, DSD (Direct Stream Digital) encoded music files offer the same detailed, transparent sound as other HD file formats. The AK70 uses a powerful processor to convert DSD signals to PCM for superb resolution.

Support for balanced headphones
With its 4-pole headphone socket, the AK70 Mk2 is ideal for use with balanced headphones. Using a balanced signal between the source and headphones reduces noise and interference and is especially handy on the move.

USB Audio
The AK70 Mk2 also supports USB audio digital out. You can connect up digital-input portable amps through USB to the AK70 Mk2, for the purest sound quality. The player can transfer DSD in native through DoP (DSD over PCM). It can also convert DSD into PCM for output for portable amps that do not support DoP.

Astell & Kern CD ripper
Uploading your CDs is easier than ever with the AK70 Mk2. The player lets you rip CDs with ease by linking with the AK CD-RIPPER. It supports the CD track error correction feature and the meta data (ID3TAG) auto input feature using Gracenote's database.

Wi-Fi enabled for streaming and updates
Finally, the AK70 Mk2 has built-in Wi-Fi. This lets you choose the connection that's best for you. 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.

Sounding better than ever, the Astell & Kern AK70 Mk2 packs a powerful punch from your pocket.

Lowest price guaranteed!

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

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 / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

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

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

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery on all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge
"The precise, dynamic and open character are very much the core of the AK70 MKII's sonic signature.” What Hi-Fi? award winner 2017. Product of the Year.

Now with Dual DACS

By using twin DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertors) the AK70 Mk2 further improves upon the technical prowess of the original model. 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 AK70 Mk2 offers channel precision and stereo imaging that's well beyond most rivals.

Superior sound quality
With an improved spec come better figures and better figures mean improved sound. Signal to Noise Ratio, Crosstalk and Total Harmonic Distortion figures have all improved over the first AK70. This means get more detail, greater realism and a punchier, more dynamic sound.

A wide choice of music 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 AK70 Mk2 really scores is being able to take those recordings with you - in the highest quality possible. The AK70 Mk2 supports a wide range of file formats, including WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE(Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF and DSF.

DSD support by conversion
As well as the above formats, the AK70 Mk2 also supports DSD 64 and 128 formats via conversion. Originally designed for SACD players, DSD (Direct Stream Digital) encoded music files offer the same detailed, transparent sound as other HD file formats. The AK70 uses a powerful processor to convert DSD signals to PCM for superb resolution.

Support for balanced headphones
With its 4-pole headphone socket, the AK70 Mk2 is ideal for use with balanced headphones. Using a balanced signal between the source and headphones reduces noise and interference and is especially handy on the move.

USB Audio
The AK70 Mk2 also supports USB audio digital out. You can connect up digital-input portable amps through USB to the AK70 Mk2, for the purest sound quality. The player can transfer DSD in native through DoP (DSD over PCM). It can also convert DSD into PCM for output for portable amps that do not support DoP.

Astell & Kern CD ripper
Uploading your CDs is easier than ever with the AK70 Mk2. The player lets you rip CDs with ease by linking with the AK CD-RIPPER. It supports the CD track error correction feature and the meta data (ID3TAG) auto input feature using Gracenote's database.

Wi-Fi enabled for streaming and updates
Finally, the AK70 Mk2 has built-in Wi-Fi. This lets you choose the connection that's best for you. 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.

Sounding better than ever, the Astell & Kern AK70 Mk2 packs a powerful punch from your pocket.
Battery Life Up to 10 hours
Bluetooth Yes
DAC twin CIRRUS CS4398
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 63 x 15 x 97
Dimensions WxHxD (mm) 63 x 97 x 15
DLNA Compliant Yes
Flash Memory Capacity 64GB
High Resolution Audio Yes
Memory Card Supported 128GB Max
NFC No
Output Balanced and Unbalanced
USB Yes
Wireless LAN Yes
Brand Astell & Kern
Colour Black
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review Good sound and feels very solid and well made. On reflection it is pretty expensive for what you get, especially when you factor in a protective case. Great and friendly service from Richer Sounds staff as always.
Date published: 2018-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice player The sound is really great and in my opinion worth the money paid for. Easy to use and set up. Storage is huge. It does take some time to recharge the battery, which is probably the only negative point. The device tends to overheat especially when uploading files or recharging the battery ; this is ok in itself but it does make you worry something is wrong. Overall a very good product I have been happy with.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome sound, weight detail its all there you do need a decent CIEMs to appreciate the AK. i listen with a set of JH16's, and dont forget to lube your lug holes before your try and insert a good fitting set. you'd be wasting your money on an AK if you're gona plug in a set of cheap earbuds. started of by listening to tracks from Tidal, all well and good, but as you can see elsewhere the search facility is not great and there is way too much rap on it ! so now DL my FLAC tracks from elsewhere and just saving those on the AK.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The good and the bad and the superb service I purchased an ak70 nearly two years ago, the headphone jack failed on 3 of these and richer sounds eac time replaced. The last time I was upgraded. The service of richer sounds is exemplary. The ak70 makes an amazing sound through my Shure headphones also purchased from richer sounds
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic product, superb sound. Decided to take the plunge and purchase, amazed at the quality of sound.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ak 70 mk2 Great player superb sound easy transfer of flack files and high res good value for money and great knowledge of the product by staff
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Pleased Having an mp3 player which finally gave up i turned to my iphone for music and found it just was not satisfactory. So after reading a what hi-fi report and taking the plunge i went off to listen to hi-res players. Astell & kern,Sony and others were listened too my choice was the AK70 MKII. It has certainly been a delightful revelation!, so,so pleased with its performance my one issue with it is the music downloading instructions. Consideration should I feel be given for those of us who are not fully computer savvy a bit more detail would help.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hi-fi Quality sound Excellent features. Looking for a portable hi-fi quality audio player I came across Astell & Kern after several phone calls and investigation i contacted Richer Sounds for a demonstration. So glad I did! the sound quality was exceptional, battery life excellent I made my purchase there and then.Highly Recommended.
Date published: 2018-05-18
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Lowest price guaranteed!

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

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 / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

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

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

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery on all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge