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Special introductory offer! Astell&Kern Hi Res music in the palm of your hand!

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Touchstone Audio are proud to announce the first ever Hi Res portable music player!

The Astell&Kern is the ultimate portable high-fidelity audio system capable of studio Mastering Quality Sound (MQS). Feel the phenomenal realism of music though 24bit/192kHz high-resolution, lossless Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) that cannot be heard through CD standards. When compared to CDs, the music files used during the mastering process in studios (24bit/192kHz) contains 6.5 times more information and results in a more original, precise and enhanced sound.

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Astell&Kern features

  • icon.jpgMeets 100% of Hi-Fi audio specifications
  • icon.jpgEquipped with the world’s first portable Wolfson WM8740 24bit, 192kHz high-performance DAC
  • icon.jpgCan be used as an external optical DAC
  • icon.jpgTouch equalizer (EQ) easily manipulated by the fingertips
  • icon.jpgA user interface with an analog feel

36GB internal storage with allowance (using mini SD) up to 96GB

http://www.astellnkern.com/

This player has been selling like hot cakes across the pond and I can see why.

Retail £569

Launch to the wam £499 to the first 10. Touchstone is the only dealer to have stock in the uk

Merry Xmas :^

j

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One down, that was quick! Probably best you email direct john@touchstoneaudio.co.uk I am out and about and on return, I will respond to first come basis.

Regards

John

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6 left. Please let me know how you get on with the A&K. I have added my Linn Library on to the unit and played through the system and it's superb! Anyone who has extra special views on headphone choices, I would love to know about.....

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Just a couple questions which i can't seem to find the info for.

1 - Is there any likely plans to update the firmware to allow larger sized micro SD cards?

2 - What are the dimensions of the unit? I might be being blind but i can't seem to find anything giving them. It looks quite deep although certainly more compact that other Audiophile " Portable" players.

3 - Is there an easy way to lock the jog wheel? I'm guessing its used for volume but it looks like it could be easily knocked if its in your pocket.

Thanks

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Hi Martyn

Specs.......

Specification

General Specifications

  • Display
  • Supported Audio Formats
  • Sample rate
  • Output Level
  • DAC
  • Decoding
  • Charging Interface
  • Interface
  • Dimensions
  • Weight
  • Feature Enhancements

  • 2.4inch QVGA (320 x 240) IPS Touchscreen
  • WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE
  • FLAC, WAV : 8kHz ~ 192kHz (8/16/24bits per sample)
  • 1.5Vrms (No Load)
  • Wolfson WM8740 24bit DAC (High-End Audio DAC)
  • Supports up to 24bit / 192kHz Bit to Bit Decoding
  • Micro USB Type-B
  • USB 2.0, OPTICAL IN/OUT, Headphone Out
  • 2.33 ”(59.2 mm) [W] x 3.11 ”(79 mm) [H] x 0.57 ”(14.4 mm) [D]
  • 4.3 oz (122 g)
  • Firmware upgrades supported

Audio Performance

  • Frequency Response
  • Signal to Noise Ratio
  • Crosstalk
  • THD+N
  • IMD SMPTE

  • 10Hz to 20kHz +/-0.02dB (24bit 48kHz, No Load)
  • 110dB (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)
  • -120dB (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)
  • 0.0009% (1kHz 0dB, 24bit 48kHz, No Load)
  • 0.003% (24bit 48kHz, No Load)

Clock source

  • Clock Jitter

  • 90ps

Battery

  • Capacity
  • Continuous Playback Time
  • Charge Time

  • 2,000mAh 3.7V Li-Polymer Battery
  • Up to 16 hours (Standard - MUSIC: FLAC, 16bit, 44kHz, Volume 37, EQ Off, LCD Off)
  • About 5 hours

Memory

  • Built-in Memory
  • External Memory

  • 32GB [NAND]
  • Micro SD (Max 32GB) x 2

Manual

Can be found on the Showroom page of the above website attachment.

Regarding the SD slots, there are firmware upgrades available and this may come in time.

Hope this helps

John

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As MP3 has a specifc number of tracks per size of hard disc is there any info regarding the number of hi-res tracks storable on the 32gb of this device?

BR

Alan

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As MP3 has a specifc number of tracks per size of hard disc is there any info regarding the number of hi-res tracks storable on the 32gb of this device?

BR

Alan

24/96 is roughly 1.5GB per album

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