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THE ULTIMATE ALL-IN-ONE SOUND SYSTEM,
AK T1

MQS Player

USB, microSD
Network Streaming
AUX, Optical

Hybrid Amplifier

Analog for Tweeter
Digital for Midrange
/ Woofer

3Way+6Speakers

0.75“ Tweeter x2
2.0” Midrange x2
6.5” Woofer x2

Smart Networking

Wi-Fi (DLNA 1.0)
Ethernet
aptX

ALL-IN-ONE SOUND SYSTEM

Astell&Kern has conducted extensive research to accurately deliver music how the artists' indented
and with the emotion of live performances to lovers of music everywhere.

As a world-wide leader in high-resolution audio products, Astell&Kern has often pondered:
"Is a standout music player enough to truly experience and feel the original sound?"
We have found the answer in the AK T1.
The AK T1 is Astell&Kern's very first all-in-one sound system.

Wired and wireless DLNA support,
High-resolution Bluetooth audio playback via aptX codec,
Internet radio service support, providing thousands of music channels,
AUX & optical inputs, USB storage & microSD card support,
Integrated Astell&Kern music player provides a diverse range of playback options,
Hybrid amplifier (analog and digital) optimized for best possible sound,
Six speaker system delivers the utmost clarity in sound.

The AK T1 encompasses all of these features.
Power up the AK T1 and immediately begin enjoying your music.

The AK T1 is another masterpiece from Astell&Kern that accurately conveys the artist’s sound
just like you were there when it was performed live.

MQS Player

The AK T1 is capable of high-resolution audio playback via wide variety of audio inputs and features the identical, perfect sound design seen in Astell&Kern's portable players that have been highly praised by users all over the world.

The acclaimed Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC featured in Astell&Kern's portable players is back in the AK T1 in a dual-DAC configuration.

The combination of the exceptional Astell&Kern MQS player performance with the perfect speaker and amplifier system of the AK T1 allows you to experience a superb, wide, high resolution sound unlike any other wireless network speaker available.

With support for USB storage devices, microSD cards, DLNA networking, auxiliary and optical inputs, the AK T1 supports playback of music from any source device.

The AK T1 is truly an all-in-one sound system.

Wired

Digital

Ethernet
microSD
USB HOST
OPTICAL IN

Analog

AUX IN

Wireless

Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
AK T1
 

Hybrid Amplifier

Typically, the overall sound quality from an analog amplifier tends to be delicate and soft,
but the disadvantage is low efficiency. Conversely, a digital amplifier is highly efficient,
but high frequencies have a tendency to produce harsh sound.

Because of these disadvantages, the tightness of the low frequencies are lost when the highs are softened and vice versa. In other words, it's difficult to achieve a proper balance of treble and bass if only one amplifier is used to drive the speakers.

An amplifier appropriate for the characteristics of each speaker unit is implemented
in the AK T1 using a bi-amping technique.
A hybrid type amplifier system was implemented rather than using a single type to maximize the advantages of both analog and digital amplifiers. In the hybrid amplifier system, an analog amplifier drives the tweeters while the digital amplifier drives the mid range and woofers.

The hybrid amplifier system of the AK T1 uses a dedicated amplifier appropriate for a specific frequency range so that listeners can experience perfectly balanced sound.

AK T1 Amp Diagram

4th CrossOver Filter
Hybrid Amplifer
Speaker
Left

Audio +

Signal -

Right

Audio +

Signal -

Buffer Amplifier
High Pass Filter
Band Pass Filter
Low Pass Filter
Buffer Amplifier
High Pass Filter
Band Pass Filter
Low Pass Filter
Attenuator
Direct Pass
Attenuator
Attenuator
Direct Pass
Attenuator
Analog AMP
Digital AMP
Digital AMP
Analog AMP
Digital AMP
Digital AMP
Tweeter
Midrange
Woofer
Tweeter
Midrange
Woofer

Perfect Balance

Without going beyond a certain level of Hi-Fi audio systems, achieving great sound through speakers can be a challenge. The six speaker units in the AK T1 deliver perfectly balanced lows, mids, and highs without compromising a particular range of sound.

To prevent vibrations generated in the low range, the AK T1 contains an aluminum enclosure; along with a dedicated low-range, high-pass filter (subsonic filter) for deep, tight, and clean bass.

In constructing the 3-way speaker setup, Astell&Kern did not take any shortcuts that would overlap the treble and bass. To maximize the purity of the mid range sound, a direct connection to the amplifier is made without the use of any gain adjustment device to cloud the sound.

A 4-way crossover filter is used to prevent overlapping audio frequencies in the low-order crossover filters.
Audio frequencies are completely separated through the use of the 4-way crossover, providing distinct playback of each sound range with no unnecessary bass bleeds into the high-frequency tweeters, which provides the best possible sound performance.

By optimizing each unit for maximum performance, the AK T1 is able to deliver the most precise, nuanced sound that typical speakers can never match.

True, original sound from a small form factor system can only be found in the Astell&Kern AK T1.

AK T1 Frequency Band Configuration

Gain 88.2dB 87dB 80dB Frequency 20Hz
4th CrossOver Filter
(Bessel)
250Hz
4th CrossOver Filter
(Bessel)
6kHz
4th CrossOver Filter
(Bessel)
6.5”
Woofer
2.0”
Midrange
0.75”
Tweeter
attenuator attenuator Direct Pass Digital
Amplifier
Digital
Amplifier
Analog
Amplifier

Smart Network

Say goodbye to cumbersome cables, the Astell&Kern AK T1 is wireless!

With the AK T1, easily play audio from multiple sources such as a NAS device, or an Astell&Kern music player through a wired LAN or Wi-Fi DLNA connection. In addition to DLNA networking, the AK T1 supports the Bluetooth aptX codec for high-resolution audio playback not available with standard Bluetooth connections.

Internet radio service is also available on the AK T1. The thousands of channels available on vTuner.
A vast selection of music is available to you through a wired or wireless network connection on the AK T1.

Connect Library

vTuner

Deezer

Advanced Control

The AK T1 features a large 4-inch (101.6mm) touchscreen display, offering the industry’s most convenient and intuitive user interface.

Turn on the AK T1 and connect to a network with just a few clicks to immediately begin listening to music.

The touch sensitive Metal Touch control is another unique feature of the AK T1 that cannot be overlooked. Unlike a typical push button, the AK T1’s Metal Touch technology offers users a completely new experience.

Simply listen to music stored on an NAS device through the AK T1 by using your smartphone or tablet with the AK Connect app.
You can also stream music stored on an Astell&Kern portable music player to the AK T1.

The AK T1 excels in delivering the perfect sound you desire through multiple options using an intuitive interface environment.

Playback audio from a smartphone or tablet and AK380 via Bluetooth.

Smartphone Tablet AK380 Host Bluetooth Speaker

Playback audio from the AK500N or AK380.

AK500N AK380 Host Speaker

Playback audio from devices that are on the same network as the AK T1 via the ‘Connect Library’ menu.

Host AK500N AK380 PC NAS Music Library

Playback and control audio from a NAS or other devices via the AK Connect app installed on a smartphone or tablet.

Smartphone Tablet AK Connect APP CONTROL PLAYBACK AK500N AK380 PC NAS

- The AK Connect apps are available for download from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

AK Connect Guide

The AK Connect is a DLNA-based control app.
The app can be connected to a PC, NAS, and other Astell&Kern products,
providing handy playback control as well as access to the Internet radio service vTuner.

The AK Connect app is the easiest and
most convenient way to control Astell&Kern products wirelessly.

AK Connect Guide more

Downloading the App

The iOS and Android versions of the AK Connect app can be downloaded from Apple's App Store and Google Play, respectively.
Simply search for 'AK Connect' to download the app for your respective mobile OS.
Be sure to download the HD version of the app if you are a tablet user.

Connecting to a Network

Please connect to a network using the settings menu of your smartphone or tablet.
The Astell&Kern device you want to control must be connected to the same network as your smartphone or tablet.

* The procedure for connecting to a network may vary depending on your smartphone or tablet.
Please refer to the instruction manual of your product for details.

Main Menu

Connecting a Library

Selecting the Library icon at the bottom of the screen will display icons for your smartphone/tablet and vTuner by default.
Selecting the smartphone/tablet icon will display a list of music stored on the device available for playback,
and selecting the vTuner icon will redirect you to its own service menu.

If a device you want to connect with the AK Connect app is connected to the same network, it will appear in the Library list.
Selecting a device from the list will display its media contents as folders.

* The Astell&Kern device you want to control must be connected to the same network as your smartphone or tablet.

Connecting Speakers

Selecting the Speaker icon will display your smartphone/tablet by default.
Selecting your smartphone or tablet as a speaker will output sound through the selected device.

Likewise, selecting another device (on the same network) as a speaker will output sound through that device.
The music you select from the Library will be output through the selected speaker.

Creating a Playlist

Select the download button in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Songs can be added to an existing, new, or current playlist.

Select a song to be added to a playlist, and then press the [ADD TO] button.

Editing Playlists

Select pen at the top of the list to delete a playlist, or select plus to add a playlist.

Connecting to vTuner

Select vTuner from the Library menu.

Select the desired menu item.

A radio channel can be selected for playback or added to your list of favorites.

AK Connect with AK T1

Accessing Other AK Products from the AK T1

Select the Settings menu icon at
the bottom of the home screen.

Using the Network menu,
connect the AK T1 to the
same access point(AP) as the
AK product to which you
want to connect.

Select the Connect Library
menu on the home screen to
display a list of connectable
devices.

Selecting a device from the list
will display its DB structure as
folders. Select the desired music to
output sound through the AK T1.

AK Connect with AK380

Outputting Sound from the AK380 to Other AK Products

Pull down the status bar and
select the Settings menu icon.

Enable [Wi-Fi] and [AK Connect]
from the settings menu.

Pull down the status bar and
select the speaker icon.

Selecting the speaker icon on the AK380 will display
other AK products that are connected to the same network.

Selecting the speaker icon on the AK380 will display
other AK products that are connected to the same network.

Selecting the speaker icon on the AK380 will display
other AK products that are connected to the same network.

The product selected for
sound output will be highlighted
on the screen.

MQS Streaming Server

The MQS Streaming Server program must be installed to connect your PC and AK product.
Please visit the following link for detailed instructions.

MQS Streaming Server Help Guide

Your PC's name will be displayed in the Connect Library menu of your AK product.
Select your PC to display shared folders you set using the MQS Streaming Server program.

Example: Accessing a shared folder on your PC from the AK T1.