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Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000 Copper Limited Edition Music Player

Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000 Copper Limited Edition Music Player

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【The king returns. Standing at the top of the market】A&ultima SP3000
Entering the tenth year of Astell&Kern's establishment, the brand has been striving for breakthroughs over the years and has continuously developed a number of innovative technologies in acoustic engineering to achieve the highest quality sound performance. Starting with the AK100, Astell&Kern pioneered high-definition music players, successfully realizing the concept of "portable high-definition music" and launching multiple models that shook the market, setting benchmarks and leading the market, bringing users an unprecedented music experience. praise.

After three years, Astell&Kern has launched a new flagship model, the A&ultima SP3000. For the first time, it uses 904L stainless steel to make the casing. It also participated in the research and development process of the Japanese chip manufacturer Asahi Kasei AKM, achieving the world's first six-chip decoder using a combination of four AKM flagship decoders AK4499EX and two AK4191EQ. The HEXA Structure player is a culmination of ten years of technology and unprecedented innovative technology, achieving the highest level of perfect sound quality.

A&ultima SP3000 once again shakes up the market with its ultimate nobility and brand-new technology.



The world's first 904L stainless steel creates a noble and distinguished appearance
As the highest specification stainless steel, 904L stainless steel not only has higher metal hardness and density than the 316L stainless steel used in the previous generation flagship SP2000, but also has a unique bright luster after polishing, which further demonstrates the nobility and status of Astell&Kern's flagship model. . In addition to its unique metal properties, the difficulty and cost of forging 904L stainless steel are greatly increased. It is only commonly used in top-level watch applications, and therefore has the title of "Rolex steel". Relying on the characteristics of the metal shell, the shielding performance of SP3000 has been greatly improved. It not only effectively blocks interference and noise from the outside world and the circuit, making the sound performance purer, but also effectively removes the background noise and influence in the music, making the user more comfortable. Home can be more focused and immersed in music.



The world's first six-chip architecture player jointly developed Japan's Asahi Kasei's latest flagship masterpiece
Astell&Kern has been cooperating with Asahi Kasei Microdevices (AKM), a major Japanese chip manufacturer, for many years. From the AK4497EQ Dual DAC used in the A&ultima SP1000 to the AK4499EQ Dual DAC used in the previous generation flagship SP2000, each product has been highly praised for its sound. Both specifications and sound quality continue to exceed users' imagination. AKM started to develop its latest flagship decoder chip AK4499EX, and Astell&Kern has participated in the joint development and design of its chip and circuit architecture, combining the two market's top technologies and acumen to create new and more breakthrough works.



AK4191EQ+AK4499EX digital and analog completely separated
In the past, most player decoding architectures on the market used the same chip to process both digital and analog signals. However, AKM's latest flagship AK4499EX has successfully broken through the inherent framework and added the AK4191EQ to independently process the digital part of the music signal. Analog signals are independently processed by AK4499EX, which completely separates digital and analog signals in physical form, creating an unprecedented revolutionary sound performance. Through the breakthrough design of signal division, not only the performance of each decoder chip is completely liberated, but also the interference and noise of the chip circuit are greatly reduced, making the SP3000 successfully achieve the highest and unprecedented signal noise in the market. Signal-Noise Ratio performance has been improved from 125dB of the previous generation SP2000 to 130dB of the current generation, extracting every detail in the music with extremely high efficiency, while creating an extremely dark and quiet background performance to highlight the contrast of the music, making users The overall sense of space is clearer, and musical details and expressions become more prominent and clear. Musicians and singers seem to reappear in front of you, presenting details while greatly improving the sense of music and coherence.



Customized tuning patent improved from circuit design
Recognized by the market after being first used in the SE180, TERATON ALPHA is Astell&Kern's own patented tuning technology created after years of research and combined with long-term tuning experience in players. TERATON ALPHA achieves the most careful and precise control in power supply, signal source, circuit and amplifier design, so that the player can achieve the most efficient power output performance, which not only effectively reduces the noise and noise in the sound, but also greatly improves playback The instrument music restoration degree makes the sound more detailed and real, satisfying audiophile users’ pursuit of ultimate sound quality. In order to further improve the sound quality and noise control, Astell&Kern has specially improved and modulated its own patented technology and added it to the SP3000. It also uses a Snapdragon eight-core processor and redesigned the CPU, memory and wireless transmission parts on the circuit. Modularization allows TERATON ALPHA to function more efficiently, more effectively isolate the overall circuit interference, increase the audio circuit space, and comprehensively improve decoding performance.



New user interface allows intuitive and focused enjoyment of music
For Astell&Kern, in addition to hardware specifications and sound, the experience of using each product is also equally important. In order to allow users to enjoy music more intuitively and focus on it, Astell&Kern redesigned the user interface on SP3000. Not only does the appearance design become more fashionable and modern, but the location of file management and various functions is also more user-friendly. SP3000 uses a Full HD/1920x1080 screen with a resolution of 441PPI and a smooth interface, allowing users to enjoy high-quality music more intuitively and conveniently. With the above-mentioned Snapdragon eight-core processor, the overall user experience is as smooth as clouds. Smooth, from every angle of the user, enjoy the perfect sensory experience Astell&Kern designed for users.



Added QC3.0 fast charging to enjoy uninterrupted music
SP3000 has a built-in 5,050mAh large-capacity battery, which can support up to *10 hours of continuous playback. It also has a new Qualcomm QC3.0 fast charging function that can be charged in 3.5 hours, ensuring easy enjoyment of music every day. * Standard: FLAC, 16bit, 44.1kHz, Vol.80, LCD Off



ReplayGain volume adjustment user experience further sublimated
SP3000 also supports the ReplayGain function. The player can automatically analyze the volume of music files, support up to 24Bit/192kHz format files, and play the entire album at the corresponding volume. ReplayGain reduces the inconvenience of adjusting the volume individually between different files, allowing you to seamlessly focus on enjoying the highest quality music, and comprehensively improves the Astell&Kern player user experience.



Crossfeed function realizes natural two-channel sound field
On traditional headphones, since the left and right channels of music are played independently on both sides, it is easy for users to experience hearing fatigue after long-term use. Especially on headphone systems, this may cause inconsistencies in the sound field. Natural feeling. In order to allow users to experience the most realistic sound field and listening experience, Astell&Kern added Crossfeed to the SP3000, which mixes the left and right channel signals with the adjusted frequency band on the headphone acoustic circuit to achieve a dual-stereo sound experience. The state during playback allows users to experience a wide and natural sound field that is difficult to achieve with traditional headphones, and maintains a comfortable listening experience even after long-term use. Users can adjust Shelf Cutoff, Shelf Gain and Mixer Level on the Crossfeed interface to carefully adjust according to various headphone combinations and personal preferences to select the most suitable and comfortable tone.



High-quality wireless connection for efficient file management
SP3000 supports Bluetooth 5.0 connection and 24-bit Bluetooth encoding (aptX-HD /LDAC), allowing players to transmit 24bit/96kHz streaming audio through Bluetooth connections at speeds up to 990 kbit/s, allowing users to use wireless Bluetooth products. You can enjoy high-quality lossless music formats. In addition, the SP3000 also supports the AK File Drop function. Users only need to connect their smartphones, computers or personal FTP file systems to the same network to wirelessly transfer music files from their personal devices to the SP3000, allowing users to enjoy music files at home. Improve management efficiency. SP3000 also supports the BT Connect function. Users only need to connect the player to the audio source device to enjoy wireless streaming.



Decoding filters can be customized to the user’s taste
Like other high-end players, the SP3000 can also customize filters (DAC Filters) in the settings. Compared with the equalizer, the digital filter makes adjustments during signal processing, so the sound will be more natural and the sound can be fine-tuned in a distortion-free manner. Users can choose different filters according to their own timbre orientation and taste, making the SP3000's sound more variable.

Specification
Body color: stainless steel silver/black steel
Body material: 904L stainless steel
Display: 5.46-inch touch screen, full HD 1920x1080
Supported audio formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
Supported MQA types: Tidal Masters, local files, USB external storage, MQA-CD extract files
Sampling 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
Headphone output level: single-ended 3.3 Vrms / balanced 6.3Vrms (no load)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 core
Digital to analog converter: AKM4191EQ x2 + AKM4499EX x4 (Dual DAC x2)
Decoding support: 32bit/768kHz Bit-to-bit Playback
Input: USB Type-C Input (PC & Mac)
Output:
  • Unbalanced Out (3.5mm), Optical Out (3.5mm)
  • Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported / 4.4m, only 5-pole supported)
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
Bluetooth: V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, LDAC)
Dimensions: 3.24” (82.4mm)[W] x 5.48” (139.4mm)[H] x 0.72” (18.3mm)[D]
Weight: about 17.39oz (493g)
Special function: Over-the-air firmware upgrade (OTA)
Frequency response:
  • ±0.006dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced │ ±0.019dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced
  • ±0.014dB (Condition : 20Hz~70kHz) Unbalanced │ ±0.026dB (Condition : 20Hz~70kHz) Balanced
Signal-to-noise ratio: 125dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 130dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
Crosstalk: -125dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ -131dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
Total harmonic distortion: 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 0.0004% @ 1kHz, Balanced
Intermodulation distortion: 0.0005% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Unbalanced │Balanced
Output impedance: Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (0.8ohm) │ Balanced Out 2.5mm (2.0ohm), 4.4mm (1.8ohm)
Reference clock jitter: 25ps (Typ), 200 Femto Seconds Ref
Memory: 256 GB [NAND]
External memory: microSD (Max.1TB) x 1
Battery capacity: 5,050mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer
Playback time: up to 10 hours (FLAC playback, 16bit/44.1kHz, Volume 80, LCD OFF)
Charging time: about 3.5hours (QC3.0 Charging)
Supported operating systems: Windows 7, 8, 10 (32/64-bit) / Mac OS X 10.7 and up
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