Australian HIFI - - SOUND BITES -

The new AK70MkII is the first dual-DAC high-res­o­lu­tion player from Astell&Kern for less than $1,000… and it’s not the $999 you might ex­pect, but $899. The AK70MkII is the suc­ces­sor to Astell&Kern’s best-sell­ing player, the AK70, which won a Sound&Image Award last year. This MkII ver­sion fea­tures two ma­jor up­grades: two Cir­rus Logic CS4398 DACs, one each for the left and right chan­nels, and also has al­most twice the power out­put. Astell&Kern says the 4.0VRMS-rated bal­anced out­put can drive any head­phones on the mar­ket to­day.

In ad­di­tion to 3.5mm un­bal­anced and 2.5mm, 4-pole bal­anced head­phone out­puts, the AK70 MkII fea­tures dig­i­tal out via USB, sup­port­ing na­tive DSD out­put via USB through DoP (DSD over PCM) and con­vert­ing DSD to PCM for out­put to ex­ter­nal USB Au­dio de­vices that do not sup­port DoP. The Astell&Kern AK70 MkII has 64GB of in­ter­nal flash stor­age, and its mi­croSD card slot can be used to de­liver up to 256GB of ad­di­tional stor­age. It’s Wi-Fi en­abled, sup­ports OTA firmware up­dates and stream­ing mu­sic from other de­vices on the same net­work, plus it sup­ports the AK ‘Con­nect’ app, avail­able for iOS and An­droid de­vices. It also has a USB DAC func­tion so it can be con­nected to a Mac/PC to by­pass its in­ter­nal sound card and out­put hi-res au­dio. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact BusiSo on 1300 888 602 or at www.busiso

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