(Pocket-lint) – If you’ve got £4,000 burning a hole in your pocket and a penchant for the best quality music money can buy, Astell&Kern has just launched its new flagship portable music player, the A&Ultima SP3000 .
With a deluxe stainless steel body, the SP3000 is built to last and looks like the star of the show, with Astell & Kern’s signature angular design to its edges and watch-style crown control.
It’s the world’s first digital audio player to use dual independent audio circuitry, which completely separates balanced and unbalanced outputs for the purest possible sound quality. It’s also the first to use Asahi Kasei’s new flagship AK4499EX DAC chip, which separates digital and analog signal processing to push audio quality even further.
And while the focus here is on on-the-go hi-fi, the SP3000 can also serve as a high-performance streaming hub for a main hi-fi system.
Other spec highlights include Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 6125 Octa-Core processor and support for high-resolution aptX-HD and LDAC wireless streaming. With all the key formats on board, including MQA and DSD512, the SP3000 can play just about anything you ask of it, including connecting to streaming services and it’s Roon Ready too.
To finish off the sleek design, there’s a new 5.46-inch Full HD display and a redesigned on-screen interface, which is easier to navigate than before. It comes with a stylish leather case and is now available in a choice of black or silver for £3799.
Rounding out the on-the-go audiophile luxury package, Astell & Kern also unveiled its new Odyssey headphones, which were designed with in-ear monitoring company Empire Ears.
Offering a 10-driver Quadbrid system of two W9+ subwoofers, five balance armatures, a dual electrostatic and a W10 bone driver, not to mention a rather sleek handcrafted design, they will be available towards the end of the year. and will cost £3499.
Written by Verity Burns. Editing by Chris Hall.