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AK120 Mk II

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The AK120 Mk II. It's what you should be listening to.

Astell & Kern AK120 Mk II

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Since Astell&Kern's initial unveiling of the Dual DAC-capable AK120 in May 2013, both sound resolution and affinity have been improved in their latest offering.
The flagship model AK240 has been highly regarded for delivering mastering-level quality instrumentals with an improved Dual DAC and analog amplifier circuit. The AK120 Mk II allows you to experience the highest sound quality by bringing the performace and knowledge down through the range that went in to the flagship AK240.

Astell & Kern added the CS4398 Dual DAC and the balanced output method with sound quality proven through their flagship model.
The AK120 2nd Generation provides the weighty sound through the CS4398 Dual DAC and the A-amp, while providing delicate melodies through the balanced output.

The unbalanced method is the most commonly used basic method which consists of “left and right signals + ground line”. This setup includes a ground line which blocks out external noises. But, since the ground line cannot block out all of the external noises completely, these can be mixed into the signals that are transmitted, which then result in changes to the sound. The longer the signals travel, the more external noises that will be mixed into the sound which is why it is used within a short distance of 1 to 2 meters.

Unlike the unbalanced method, the balanced method has an additional cold signal to compliment the hot signal which reduces the external noises.

The AK120 was the introduction to DSD files, however, because of the limited hardware functionality, the AK120 could only support DSD up to 2.8MHz with PCM conversion / downsampling to 88.1kHz. Thanks to the advanced hardware functionality and the DSD to PCM software, the AK120 Mk II can now provide playback support of DSD upto 5.6MHz.
- DSD playback in 5.6MHz is supported after being converted/downsampled to 176KHz PCM.


The AK120 Mk II  includes the USB DAC feature.

If you connect the AK120 2nd Generation to a PC or Mac you can use it as a USB DAC that also supports DSD. With Dual DAC and the USB DAC feature, enjoy a richer resolution in sound that goes beyond the limitations of the sound card installed in your computer.
- PCM audio up to 24bit/96kHz is supported in USB DAC mode and the AK120 2nd Generation’s EQ settings are not applied.


MQS Streaming
With the AK120 Mk II, you can now skip the complicated process of searching for music files, connecting to the PC, and downloading the files to the player. Simply connect the AK120 2nd Generation to your music collection on your computer in the same network to download and/or stream music!
- "Astell&Kern MQS Streaming Server" software must be installed on your PC or MAC with a shared folder saved for MQS Streaming to work.

 

Media Streaming help guide.

 

With the AK120 2nd Generation, Astell & Kern aimed for the perfect harmony of engineering and design. From beginning to end, they re-examined the PCB layout, the form factor, the materials, and the post-manufacturing process.


Re-examination of the volume wheel’s position.
The volume wheel was re-located to the top to maximize the space for the battery. They also redesigned the volume wheel for further convenience and easier usability even when you hold the product with both hands.


Redesign of the volume wheel and guard.
The AK120 2nd Generation’s volume wheel consists of two parts: the head and the root. The head is the knurled part and control the volume wheel by holding it securely. The root is the base of the volume wheel and wrapped in a guard that’s directly connected to the hardware. This division into two parts enhances the usability and stability of the AK120 2nd Generation, while the distinguished parts also provide further protection for external damage.


Astell & Kern implemented a 3.31 inch AMOLED screen that is approximately 82% larger than the screen used in the original AK120. Users can access and see more information on the larger AMOLED screen.

Classical music tracks that contrain titles that are too long to be displayed on screen, are now marked with two lines on the music list for easier navigation. The search function enables you to easily find the music you want to hear.



A more accurate EQ setting is featured by doubling the bands from 5 to 10 and halving the dB steps from 1dB to 0.5dB. With the user EQ settings, you can make custom EQ settings to fit each music genre and change them when desired.



The AK120 2nd Generation includes 128GB of internal flash storage.
With the addition of a 128GB microSD card,
the AK120 2nd Generation supports up to a total memory of 256GB.

With 128GB of internal memory, the AK120 2nd Generation can store about 1,250 MQS (24bit/96kHz, 4 minute-long, 90MB) songs.

 

 

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Specification

General Specifications
    Model
        AK120 MKII
        Body Color
        Stone Silver
        Body Material
        Aluminum
        Display
        3.31inch WVGA (480 x 800) AMOLED Touchscreen
        Supported Audio Formats
        WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE(Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
        Sample rate
        FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF : 8kHz ~ 192kHz (8/16/24bits per Sample)
        / DSD : DSD64 (1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128 (1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo
        Output Level
        Unbalance 2.1Vrms / Balance 2.3Vrms (Condition No Load)
        DAC
        Cirrus Logic CS4398 x2 (Dual DAC)
        Decoding
        Support up to 24bit/192kHz Bit to Bit Decoding
        Input
        USB Micro-B input (for charging & data transfer (PC & MAC)) / Connection Mode : MTP (Media Device)
        Outputs
        PHONES (3.5mm) / Optical Out (3.5mm) / Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported)
        Wi-Fi
        802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
        Bluetooth
        V4.0
        Dimensions
        2.16 ”(55 mm) [W] x 4.64 ”(118 mm) [H] x 0.58 ”(14.9 mm) [D]
        Weight
        6.24 oz (177 g)
        Feature Enhancements
        Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)

        Audio Performance
        ±0.023dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalance & Balance
        Frequency Response
        / ±0.3dB (Condition: 10Hz~70kHz) Unbalance & Balance
        Signal to Noise Ratio
        116dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 117dB @ 1kHz, Balance
        Crosstalk
        130dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 135dB @ 1kHz, Balance
        THD+N
        0.0007% @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Balance
        IMD SMPTE
        0.0004% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalance / 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Balance
        Output Impedance
        Balanced out 2.5mm (1ohm) / PHONES 3.5mm (2ohm)

        Clock source
        Clock Jitter
        50ps (Typ)

   
        Battery
        Capacity
        3,250mAh 3.7V Li-Polymer Battery
        Memory
        Built-in Memory
        128GB [NAND]
        External Memory
        microSD (Max 128GB) x1
        OS
        Supported OS
        Windows XP, Windows 7,8 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up