Astell & Kern AK70 MK2 (Black)

Portable High Resolution Audio Player

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£599
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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 AK79 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.

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.

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!

*Claim 3 months free subscription to Tidal Hi-Fi worth £60, via redemption, when you purchase this product. Offer ends 31/01/18.

"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 AK79 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.
More Information
Battery Life Approx 10
Bluetooth Yes
DAC twin CIRRUS CS4398
Dimensions WxHxD (mm) 63 x 97 x 15
DLNA Compliant Yes
Flash Memory Capacity 64gb internal
High Resolution Audio Yes
Memory Card Supported max 128gb
NFC No
Output Balanced and Unbalanced
USB Yes
Wireless LAN Yes
Brand Astell & Kern
Colour Black
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor! After buying the new Sandisk 400gb microSD card to use with the player, the transfer of FLAC files from the PC to the player abruptly ceased after about 75% completion. The player went dead and cannot now be turned on. I can't rate anything about the player since I never got to play/listen to one single song. "Disappointed" doesn't seem to capture they way I feel about this purchase experience.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classy I have been thinking about buying a dedicated music player for months and finally took the plunge. I love this one. It really is classy and you know you are using something that is exceptional. The in-store demo showed me how go it was but at home what has amassed me is how much it improves the quality of music from CDs downloaded and music streaming services that are not hi-res. Thanks to the Richer Sounds staff for recommending this model.
Date published: 2017-11-11
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Buy in-store & take it home today! Find store details Buy by phone Call our UK based team on 0333 900 0093

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.

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!

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