The AK70 is designed with an oblique angle on one side of the body so that it can fit the contour of the user’s thumb, the finger used most frequently when controlling the screen with one hand.
The volume wheel is designed to be protruding slightly from a concave surface so that you can control volume with a simple motion of sliding your finger up and down. With slim 13-mm thickness and 132-gram lightweight, the palm-sized device is easy to carry anywhere.
The AK70 has adopted a pastel-color anodized aluminum casing, which makes it look high quality with its light mint color and glossy silver tone. The smart-looking exterior and smooth color make the device look more casual and simpler.
Variety of Output Types of AK70 – USB DAC
The AK70 can be used with a USB DAC that can double as an embedded sound card by connecting with a PC/Mac through the USB port.
In the case of using the PC’s embedded sound card, one may have to go through a complicated process to play back DSD data. In contrast, the AK70 can do so simply by connecting with the PC.
In the case of using the AK70 as a USB DAC, it can support up to 24-bit 96 kHz bit to bit, providing much richer sound through superior ambience and resolution way beyond the limits of an embedded sound card.
* When using the AK70 as a USB DAC, its PEQ settings are not applied, and output up to 24bit, 96kHz is supported.
* DSD 64/128 is converted via DSD-to-PCM for playback.
The AK70’s Network – AK Connect
The AK70 comes equipped with the AK Connect feature that can be connected with network-ready Astell&Kern devices.
It is also appointed with wireless networking DLNA (Ver. 1.0), which makes it easy to work with NAS/PC on the same network and through an AK Connect app supporting smartphone/tablet computer.
DMP (Digital Media Player)
Finds a list of content on a media server for selection and playback.
- Slim & Simple Design (0.5 Inch Thickness, 4.66oz Weight)
- Single Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC
- 2.5mm Balanced Output & 3.5mm Single Ended
- USB Audio Output Supported – A First Among Astell&Kern Devices
- 2.3 Vrms Output Level (2.5 balanced & 3.5mm single ended)
- 3.3 Inch WVGA (480 x 800) TFT LCD Touchscreen
- Bit to Bit High-Resolution Audio Playback up to 24bit/192kHz
- 32bit/384kHz Supported Through Downsampling to 24bit/192kHz
- 5.6 MHz DSD Playback Support Through DoP (DSD – PCM Conversion)
- Use the AK70 as a USB DAC
- Network Playback via Wi-Fi (AK Connect)
- 10-Band, 0.5 dB Step Fully Customizable EQ
- 2,200 mAh 3.7V Li-Polymer Battery
- 64GB Internal Flash Memory + Single MicroSD Memory Card Support up to 256GB