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Astell & Kern AK70 MKII Digital Audio Player

Astell & Kern AK70 MKII
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Astell & Kern AK70 MKII Digital Audio PlayerPurchase OnlinePrice per item: $1,049.00 Christchurch 330 St Asaph Street, Christchurch Central Christchurch New Zealand 172.6476606 -43.5364992 Wellington 150 Willis Street, Te Aro Wellington New Zealand 174.7741078 -41.2902039
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Astell & Kern AK70 MKII



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Back in black and ready to impress! Astell & Kern have worked to improve on their hugely popular AK70, which has been reborn as the AK70 MKII. This digital audio player has a whole lot to offer, with a versatile range of features.


The AK70 MKII is the first model from Astell & Kern to be equipped with a dual DAC for under a thousand dollars. Its separated channel circuit design offers less noise and interference, yet adds more fidelity and audio output power, to create a bigger sound stage with clearer imaging when paired with your favourite headphones or speakers.


With a substantial power output of 4.0Vrms from the balanced output, the AK70 MKII can make a wide range of heavy, hard-to-drive headphones sing without a problem. Newly designed audio circuitry creates authentic sounds by exceeding previous specifications, including SNR, Crosstalk, and THD+N, over previous models, whilst maintaining the natural and neutral tone and sound signature Astell & Kern is famous for.


The AK70 MKII can be utilised as a USB DAC, which can double as an embedded sound card by connecting to a computer through the USB port. It supports resolutions of up to 24-bit / 192kHz natively, and can happily down-convert 32-bit tracks for easy playback. This provides much richer sound, through superior ambience and resolution. In addition, DSD 64/128 can be played back through downsampling or conversion to PCM.


The same USB port will allow the AK70 MKII to connect to a diverse range of digital-input portable amps. This allows it to be used as a digital music storage device and/or preamplifier. For DSD playback, the AK70 MKII transfers DSD in native format through DoP (DSD over PCM) and converts DSD to PCM for output to external USB audio devices that do not support DoP.



  • Dual Cirrus Logic CS4398 DACs separates the left and right audio channels from input to output
  • Higher audio output with the same refined sound signature of Astell & Kern
  • Connect to an amplifier via USB to use as a digital audio storage device and/or preamplifier
  • Connect to a computer via USB to use as an external DAC (up to 24-bit / 96 kHz playback)
  • Control via Astell & Kern's free AK Connect app - available for both iOS and Android
  • Minimal, compact design featuring a black anodized aluminium finish
  • Can be connected to the AK CD Ripper
  • Supports up to 24-bit / 192 kHz playback (32-bit files can be downsampled)
  • Supported audio formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
  • Connections: USB Micro-B, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headphone out, 2.5mm balanced out (4-pole only)
  • Memory: Built-in 64GB (NAND), 1 x External microSD up to 256GB (not included)
  • Dimensions: W 62.8mm x H 96.8mm x D 15.2mm
  • Weight: 150 grams

Includes free carry case - choose from Black, Navy or Red.


This product has won a What Hi-Fi Product of the Year Award


For further information, check out the manual here

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Astell & Kern AK70 MKII Digital Audio Player

Astell & Kern AK70 MKII Digital Audio Player

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