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Astell&Kern Launches AK70 MKⅡ High-Resolution Portable Audio Player

Astell&Kern Launches AK70 MKⅡ High-Resolution Portable Audio Player, Successor to the AK70
The AK70 MKⅡ Is The First Dual DAC Astell&Kern Player Available for Under $1,000

Astell&Kern, the global leader in high-resolution portable audio players, announces a successor to the AK70, their most popular,
best-selling entry-level Wi-Fi enabled player.

The Astell&Kern AK70 MKⅡ will be available in October 2017 for $699.

The Astell&Kern AK70 MKⅡ features two major upgrades from its sibling, the AK70. The new AK70 MKⅡ is a dual DAC player, featuring two Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC chipset, one each for the left and right channels. The separate DAC for each independent left and right audio channel produces a wider soundstage and better stereo separation.

The new AK70 MKⅡ features almost twice the power output from the 2.5mm, 4-pole unbalanced output than the AK70.
With 4.0Vrms of balanced power output, the AK70 MKⅡ can drive any headphone on the market today with ease, even the most inefficient headphones being used today.

In addition to 3.5mm unbalanced and 2.5mm, 4-pole balanced headphone outputs, the AK70 MKⅡ also features digital out via USB. The AK70 MKⅡ supports native DSD output via USB through DoP (DSD over PCM) and converts DSD to PCM for output to external USB Audio devices that do not support DoP. This allows users a range of options to connect their own favorite external DAC.

Other features of the Astell&Kern AK70 MKⅡ include:

Dual Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC Chipsets (CS42398 x 2)
Supports high-resolution audio up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM (downconverted to 24bit/192kHz PCM) and up to double-rate, 5.6MHz DSD (converted to PCM)
64GB internal flash storage with single microSD card slot for up to 256GB of additional storage memory
DLNA 1.0 Compatible
Wi-Fi enabled, supports OTA firmware updates and streaming music from other devices on the same network
Supports AK Connect app, available for iOS and Android devices
USB DAC function ? can be connected to a Mac/PC to bypass internal sound card and output hi-res audio
CD-Ripper compatible, allowing the user to rip music directly to the player without the need for a computer.
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