Astell&Kern A&ultima SP1000

High quality portable media player

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Astell&Kern A&ultima SP1000

Discontinued replaced by SP 2000

All New High-End, portable media player

Astell&Kern is proud to introduce the A&ultima SP1000.

 

The A&ultima SP1000 is a one-of-a-kind, high-end, powerful flagship high resolution music player equipped with the latest advanced features.

A true flagship high-resolution music player the first Astell&Kern player to feature an octa-core CPU for outstanding response and performance

High Definition HD5 display to create the best viewing experience

Innovative new Multi-function Wheel

Rigid stainless steel/Copper housing

The A&ultima SP1000: delivering the ultimate Astell&Kern technology.

Design Concept

The A&ultima SP1000 is like a natural gemstone carefully refined by professionals.

Knowing that sound is reflected from mass, like light is reflected from a surface; they have designed the A&ultima SP1000 like a gemstone with reflective features on its surface.

The crown-patterned volume wheel on the right corner is similar in appearance to a cut gemstone, which reflects light from various angles.

The sophisticated volume wheel on A&ultima SP1000 not only delivers visual and textual details with precision, but allows convenient, one finger ON/OFF control and fine volume control with the addition of both push and turn features.

The external chassis of the A&ultima SP1000 is made of rugged Stainless Steel/ Copper that resists aging and external shock.

The A&ultima SP1000 is the ultimate music player, crafted in an artistically designed metallic setting.

Get Both High Output and Vivid Sound

Traditional audio has suffered from noise and distortion as power output is increased.

Astell&Kern’s advanced audio design and signal management technologies used in the A&ultima SP1000 brings more power output with less noise and minimal distortion.

Independent DACs for the left and right audio channels provide a wider soundstage and better stereo separation.

Each AK4497EQ DAC provides rich and vivid audio reproduction, allowing the listener to enjoy the sound as it was meant to be.

Great Performance for the Ultimate Experience

The A&ultima SP1000 is equipped with an octa-core CPU which allows the player to produce the exact musical detail present in the original recording without distortion and provides a quick, lag-free operation.

The A&ultima SP1000 features faster booting times, speedy file transfers, lag-free processing and a new intuitive user interface for the ultimate player experience.

Ultimate Sound Quality

The latest AK4497EQ dual-DAC design and the upgraded CPU in the A&ultima SP1000 allows for accurate playback of native 32bit/384kHz audio with no compromise on sound quality.

The music is played back, bit-for-bit, just as the artist and engineer intended for it to be heard.

The A&ultima SP1000 also supports native bit-to-bit DSD playback up to 11.2MHz for the best sound possible.

New Intuitive User Interface

The A&ultima SP1000 features a revamped interface design which provides music playback from the home screen to give users a more music-centric experience.

By placing the power button on the Multi-function wheel located on the side of the A&ultima SP1000 instead of on the top, users can control the volume and turn the LCD screen ON/OFF, all with one simple control.

The A&ultima SP1000 features a bezel-less design to maximise screen size.

The high-definition HD5 grade display delivers a vibrant and engaging viewing experience.

Song and player information is sharp, colourful and easily to read on the larger, brighter screen.

Faster Charging, Quicker File Transfer

Next generation USB Type-C support allows file transfer speeds up to 10Gbps and supports both data transfer and charging from the same cable.

USB 3.0 protocol transfers data twice as fast when compared to other Astell&Kern players.

Charging with a fast charger (at 9V/1.67A) takes only two hours and allows up to 12 hours of continuous playback.

  • The maximum 12-hour continuous play is based on 16-bit/44 kHz, FLAC file format, screen off, 75 of volume playback.
    * Fast charger (9V/1.67A) and general Charger (5V/2A) are not included in the package.

Specification Astell&Kern A&ultima SP1000

Model SP1000

Body Colour Stainless Steel / Copper

Body Material Stainless Steel / Copper

Display 5inch (720 x 1,280) Touchscreen

Supported Audio Formats WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF

Sample rate PCM : 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample) / DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo
/ DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo

Output Level Unbalance 2.2Vrms / Balance 3.9Vrms (Condition No Load)

CPU Octa-Core

DAC AKM AK4497EQ x2 (Dual DAC)

Decoding Support up to 32bit / 384kHz Bit to Bit Decoding

Input USB 3.0 Type-C input (for charging & data transfer (PC & MAC)) / Connection Mode : MTP (Media Device)

Outputs PHONES (3.5mm) / Optical Out (3.5mm) / Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported)

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)

Bluetooth V4.1 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptXTM HD)

Dimensions 2.98 ”(75.8 mm) [W] x 5.2 ”(132 mm) [H] x 0.64 ”(16.2 mm) [D]

Weight Stainless Steel : 13.64 oz (386.6 g) / Copper : 13.68 oz (387.9 g)

Feature Enhancements Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)

Audio performance

Frequency Response ±0.062dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalance / ±0.061dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Balance
±0.68dB (Condition: 10Hz~70kHz) Unbalance / ±0.67dB (Condition: 10Hz~70kHz) Balance

Signal to Noise Ratio 120dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 122dB @ 1kHz, Balance

Crosstalk 138dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 143dB @ 1kHz, Balance

THD+N 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 0.0008% @ 1kHz, Balance

IMD SMPTE 0.0004% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalance & Balance

Output Impedance Balanced out 2.5mm (1ohm) / PHONES 3.5mm (2ohm)

Clock Jitter 30ps(Typ)

Reference Clock Jitter 200 Femto Seconds

Battery

Capacity 3,400mAh 3.7V Li-Polymer Battery

Continuous Playback Time Up to 12 hours (Standard – MUSIC: FLAC, 16-bit/44kHz, Volume 75, LCD Off)

Charge Time About 2 hours (Standard – 9V/1.67A Fast charging)

Memory

Built-in Memory 256GB [NAND]

External Memory microSD (Max 256GB) x1

OS

Supported OS Windows XP, Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up

Brand

Astell&Kern

Astell&Kern

Astell&Kern is the ultimate Hi-Fi audio system

Astell&Kern is the ultimate digital music source that brings you Mastering Quality Sound or MQS. Astell means ‘Stars’ in Latin and Kern means ‘Center’ in German. We believe Astell&Kern is the center of music.

Today, original music performances can be captured in digital almost exactly as they were performed due to new, advanced recording technology currently available.

However, these high quality recordings are mainly listened to through inferior sound formats, such as MP3 or through streaming services.

With the debut of the MP3 format, music lovers sacrificed sound quality for the convenience of being able to carry their music collection wherever they went.

Because the MP3 format heavily compresses files for the sake of convenience, the vocals and instruments you hear are only an inferior version of the original.

The soundstage and the ambience of the original performance often disappears when listening to compressed MP3 music.

After pondering these issues, Astell&Kern was our solution to poor sound quality for the sake of portability, and our way in reviving the original sound quality of music, MQS, for music artists, recording engineers, and professionals.

Astell&Kern’s pursuit is to provide natural and original sound without distortion. It showcases the presence of the original recording with miniscule details you may not have noticed from other music systems, while playing back high-resolution music bit by bit, exactly as it was recorded.

The ability to play back the exact recording of any live performance is what Astell&Kern is known for.

 

Additional information

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Colour

Copper, Stainless Steel

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