Astell & Kern is a manufacturer that continues to focus heavily on high-end portable media players focused on users who are looking for a device with which to achieve the highest quality and fidelity when playing their files beyond the classic smartphone or low-end MP3 player. . . .

Today, they are announcing the arrival for the fall of the A & Ultima SP2000T, their new creation which complements devices like the previous SE200 but now with a new design in analog to digital converters, including 4 DAC ESS ES9068AS.

Capable of playing sound files in the most popular formats, the SP2000T promises to decode MQA tracks up to 8X, being able to work with PCM files up to 32bit / 384kHz, SPDIF to 96Khz and DSD1024.

The 4 DACs should be able to deliver a more balanced and detailed sound while still allowing the sound signal to be output through the 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm jack ports, each with its own specific on-board amplifiers including a tube amplification mode, another with conventional operating technology and a hybrid combination, which can select these configurations in each of the headphone outputs.

This model will also have the Replay Gain function which automatically adjusts the playback volume of the different tracks so that there are no sudden differences, it will have dual-band WiFi in 2.4 and 5 GHz, it will have Bluetooth LDAC and aptX-HD and it will come with a Full HD touchscreen.

Pricing and availability

The A & Ultima SP2000T reader will go on sale in October 2021 for a price to be determined.

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