A&ultima SP2000

£3,399.00

The SP2000 is the first Astell&Kern player to use separate, independent audio channels between the Unbalanced and Balanced outputs

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A&ultima SP2000 

Next Level, A&ultima SP2000

A&ultima SP2000 is the third player released in the A&ultima lineup.

A&ultima SP2000 features newly developed audio circuitry and amplifier design.

  • Onyx Black, Stainless Steel and Copper body finishes for the best acoustics 
    Dual DAC of AK4499EQ from AKM
    Native playback of 32bit/768kHz PCM and DSD512 without compression or loss
    Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz)
    Twice the Amount of Internal Storage of Previous Flagship Models
    Improved Audio Output Power and Greater Acoustic Details 

Introducing Astell&Kern’s new flagship, A&ultima SP2000

Newly designed audio circuit

The SP2000 is the first Astell&Kern player to use separate, independent audio channels between the Unbalanced and Balanced outputs.

This design offers much more power than ever before, with 6 Vrms for Balanced output and 3Vrms for Unbalanced output.

With this design, the SP2000 offers the ultimate audio experience as Astell&Kern’s newest flagship player.

The Most Advanced Asahi Kasei DAC Chips, Dual AK4499EQ

The AK4499EQ DAC chip uses the most advanced ‘Current Output Architecture’ technology.

To take full advantage of this new architecture, Astell&Kern redesigned the Op Amp and analogue amp block configuration completely.

The new circuit design optimises the current consumption

32bit/768kHz, Native DSD22.4MHz Support

SP2000 is the first Astell&Kern model to support 32 bit/768 kHz  and DSD512 (22.4MHz) playback natively without compression or loss.

The combination of the SP2000 and AK4499EQ chips provide mind-blowing audio quality.

A&ultima SP2000

Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz)

With streaming music services becoming more popular, stronger and more reliable network reception becomes even more important for your audio experience.

The SP2000 supports Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz, a/b/g/n/ac) with an improved 3-dimensional antenna design.

With a stronger Wi-Fi signal and faster speeds, music streaming from the most popular services is better than ever on the SP2000.

Twice the Internal Storage (512GB)

As CD-ripping and offline storage of streaming content gets more popular, the SP2000 offers twice the amount of internal storage compared to SP1000.

512GB internal storage can hold up to 700+ CDs or 8,000+ tracks of FLAC files (60MB/track).

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording.

The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. Visit mqa.co.uk for more information.

Astell&Kern SP2000 includes MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording.

The MQA logo is a trade mark of MQA Limited. © MQA Limited 2019

Specifications A&ultima SP2000

Model : SP2000

Body Colour : Onyx Black / Stainless Steel / Copper

Body Material : Onyx Black, Stainless Steel : Stainless Steel / Copper : Copper

Display : 5inch (720 x 1,280) Touch display

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

MQA playback

Services(Tidal Masters), Local files, External USB, MQA-CD(ripped)

Sample rate

PCM : 8kHz ~ 768kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample) / DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo
/ DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo / DSD512(1bit 22.4MHz), Stereo

Output Level

Unbalanced 3.0Vrms / Balanced 6.0Vrms (Condition No Load)

CPU

Octa-Core

DAC

AKM AK4499EQ x2 (Dual DAC)

Decoding

Support up to 32bit / 768kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback

Input

USB 3.0 Type-C input (for PC & MAC)

Outputs

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

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)

Dimensions

3.00 ”(76.3 mm) [W] x 5.19 ”(132 mm) [H] x 0.61 ”(15.7 mm) [D]

Weight

Onyx Black, Stainless Steel : 14.49 oz (410.8 g) / Copper : 15.25 oz (432.4 g)

A&ultima SP2000  Colours

Feature Enhancements

Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)

Audio Performance

Frequency Response

±0.015dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced / ±0.010dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced
±0.050dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz) Unbalanced / ±0.030dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz) Balanced

Signal to Noise Ratio

124dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 125dB @ 1kHz, Balanced

Crosstalk

-138dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / -144dB @ 1kHz, Balanced

THD+N

0.0005% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 0.0004% @ 1kHz, Balanced

IMD SMPTE

0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalanced & Balanced

Output Impedance

Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (1.5ohm) / Balanced out 2.5mm (1ohm)

Clock source

Clock Jitter

25ps(Typ)

Reference Clock Jitter

200 Femto Seconds

Battery

Capacity

3,700mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery

Continuous Playback Time

Up to 8 hours (Standard – MUSIC: FLAC, 16-bit/44.1kHz, Unbalance, Volume 80, EQ OFF, LCD OFF)

Charge Time

About 2.5 hours (Standard – 9V/1.67A Fast charging)
About 5 hours (Standard – 5V/2A General charging)

Memory

Built-in Memory

512GB [NAND]

External Memory

microSD (Max. 1TB) x1

OS

Supported OS

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

Colour

Copper, Onyx Black, Stainless Steel

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