The prestigious South Korean firm Astell & Kern has just added a new member to its exclusive A & Ultima series, the SP2000T, which completely redefines the achievements of its category. Building on the renowned musicality of the celebrated A & Ultima SP2000, the SP2000T is the first product of its kind to incorporate a Quad DAC, Replay Gain function and a revolutionary Triple Amplification System, which allows the user to switch between the different sonic characteristics of an amplifier. (OP-AMP), a vacuum tube (TUBE AMP) and a hybrid scheme (HYBRID AMP), thus combining the unique warmth and musicality of vacuum devices with the clarity and dynamics of operational amplifiers. The SP2000T is also the first product in its class to feature Replay Gain functionality, which fully and uniformly adjusts the volume level of signals from sources with maximum 24-bit / 192 kHz encoding. Another fundamental engineering solution of the SP2000T is the use of the so-called “TERATON ALPHA Sound Solution”, used for the first time in the A & futura 180SE model and which aims to eliminate the noise coming from the power supply block to make the consumption of energy and amplification are as efficient as possible. When it comes to “Hi-Res” compatibility, the SP2000T can play PCM files up to 32-bit / 384 kHz and DSD up to DSD512.
Absolute reference “Hi-Res” portable audio player.
Possibility of switching between three totally different sound “signatures”.
Equipped with a double Korg Nutube 6P1 triode.
Astell & Kern exclusive Replay Gain feature.
Capable of reproducing PCM signals bit by bit up to 32 bits / 384 kHz.
Capable of reproducing DSD signals bit by bit up to DSD512 (22.4 MHz).
Astell & Kern exclusive TERATON ALPHA technology.
Printed circuit board with optimized signal paths.
4 ES9068PAS D / A Conversion Chips from ESS Technology.
“Hi-Res” wireless connectivity via Bluetooth 5.0 and BT Sink function.
Balanced (2) and unbalanced (1) headphone outputs.
256 GB internal memory (additional 1 TB via microSD card).
System management via CPU with 4 cores.
5-inch (127 mm) “Full HD” touch screen.
Aluminum main body.
Frequency response of 20-70,000 Hz, +/- 0.052 dB (balanced mode).
-142 dB crosstalk at 1 kHz (balanced mode).
Signal-to-noise ratio of 123 dB at 1 kHz (balanced mode).
Battery with 9 hours of autonomy (FLAC at 16 bits / 44'1 kHz).