Astell & Kern AK70 (Black)

Portable High Resolution Audio Player

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£499

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"A&K's new entry-level hi-res music player, the AK70 had to be better than the last. And better it is. " 'What Hi-Fi? award winner 2016'. 5-star review.

High Resolution sound - the highest ever for music on the go

High Resolution Audio files take music to the next level. High Resolution Audio provides music files in 24 bit/96kHz or 24 bit/192kHz 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. HD music offers a deeper and wider sound stage, more precise imaging and, above all, a far greater sense of realism.

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 AK70 really scores is being able to take those recordings with you - in the highest quality possible. The AK70 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 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 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 is the first A&K model to support USB audio digital out. You can connect up digital-input portable amps through USB to the AK70, for the purest sound quality. The AK70 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. The AK70 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
A further upgrade over the Jr model is 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.

Pocket a Hi-Res audio bargain, with the Astell & Kern AK70.

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 player and claim 3 months free subscription to Tidal worth £60. Offer expires 30/08/17.


"A&K's new entry-level hi-res music player, the AK70 had to be better than the last. And better it is. " 'What Hi-Fi? award winner 2016'. 5-star review.

High Resolution sound - the highest ever for music on the go

High Resolution Audio files take music to the next level. High Resolution Audio provides music files in 24 bit/96kHz or 24 bit/192kHz 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. HD music offers a deeper and wider sound stage, more precise imaging and, above all, a far greater sense of realism.

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 AK70 really scores is being able to take those recordings with you - in the highest quality possible. The AK70 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 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 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 is the first A&K model to support USB audio digital out. You can connect up digital-input portable amps through USB to the AK70, for the purest sound quality. The AK70 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. The AK70 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
A further upgrade over the Jr model is 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.

Pocket a Hi-Res audio bargain, with the Astell & Kern AK70.

More Information
Depth 11.00
Dimensions WxDxH 60w x 13d x 97h
Dimensions WxHxD 8 x 4 x 11
Height 4.00
High Resolution Audio Y
USB 1
Weight (KG) 132g
Width 8.00
Wireless Connection Yes
Brand Astell & Kern
Colour Black
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highest Sound Quality around for the money. Pricey? At £500 yes, but then you listen to it and start to understand why. If your main criteria is sound quality then you owe it to yourself to give this a listen. Coupled with the nicely intuitive user interface it's also a delight to use.. The OS is Android based but stripped back, concentrating on the essentials unlike other manufacturers who've gone for the whole Android / Google package. Play the same Hi-Res file through the AK70 vs my Samsung Note 3 and you wouldn't think it's the same music. Music has an extremely detailed presentation, attack and decay of notes sharply portrayed and dynamic range is the best I've heard listening through portable media with both highs and lows given an extra level of clarity. Files don't have to be Hi-Res either. This leaves my iPod Classic for dust. Oh yes - it does go loud if you want it to. Many don't.
Date published: 2017-02-25
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Free UK delivery

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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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