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All-in-One Module

SEM4 is an interchangeable all-in-one module for the SE180.

Released on Apr 22, 2022

With its release, Astell&Kern has expanded the potential of the SE180 once again.SEM4, born from the key concept of ‘Shape Your Sound’ is equipped with the AK4493SEQ dual DAC, the latest DAC from Asahi Kasei, which minimizes loss and noise interference from the original sound while offering 14 hours of playback performance — the longest among SEM modules.

SEM4 supports up to 32bit/768kHz, Native DSD512 and you will be able to enjoy even more vivid, original sound with the introduction of digital audio remaster (DAR) technology.

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A&ultima SP1000

High-end audio player

All New High-End

Released on May 17, 2017

The A&ultima SP1000 is a one-of-a-kind, high-end, powerful flagship high resolution music player equipped with the latest advanced features.

The latest AK4497EQ dual-DAC design and the upgraded CPU in the A&ultima SP1000 allows for accurate playback of native 32-bit/384kHz audio with no compromise on sound quality.  The music is played back, bit-for-bit, just as the artist and engineer intended for it to be heard.

The A&ultima SP1000 also supports native bit-to-bit DSD playback up to 11.2MHz for the best sound possible.

The SP1000 integrates two premium D/A converters, the AK4497.  (Dual DAC)

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Astell&Kern KANN

High-resolution audio player

One Player to Rule Them All

Released on Apr 11, 2017

Astell&Kern has introduced a new product design that cleverly incorporates a high-performance amplifier into a player for a perfect merger of two independent devices. &nssp;Supporting the output of 7Vrms when connected via high-gain balanced output, the KANN not only drives high-impedance headphones without an additional amplifier, but also reliably reproduces high-quality sound with low-impedance speakers.

The KANN is capable of bit-to-bit playback up to 32-bit 384kHz and native DSD playback up to 11.2MHz, delivering detailed, distortion-free sound just as the artist intended.

The KANN integrates a premium D/A converters, the AK4490.  (Single DAC)

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Astell&Kern AK Recorder

True Recording with Astell&Kern Players

Released on Oct 7, 2016

The AK Recorder is a modular recorder product, designed to be used in combination with any AK300 Series(AK380, AK320 and AK300) product, that delivers live-quality recording and playback of vocals and instrumentals.

The AK Recorder is the first portable recorder product in the world that supports DSD 5.6MHz recording. While many expensive, professional products typically support up to 24-bit/192kHz recording, the AK Recorder provides support for DSD 5.6MHz recording for a proper recording of original sound.

With the support of DSD 5.6MHz recording you will be able to record each and every second of a live music recording in DSD 5.6MHz format, the format closest to analog in terms of quality.

DSD 5.6MHz PCM 384KHz/32-bit Bit to Bit Playback

The AK Recorder integrates a premium A/D converters, the AK5572. (Single ADC)

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Astell&Kern AK300


Enjoy The Sound

Released on Jun 11, 2016

While succeeding the state-of-the-art DAC and scalability as applied to the AK380 and AK320, the latest model has improved accessibility by being priced at a reasonable level.

PCM 24-bit/192kH Bit to Bit Playback

The AK300 integrates a premium D/A converters, the AK4490. (Single DAC)

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VELVET SOUND is both the brand and philosophy of AKM's highest tier of audio devices.

An authentic listening experience must be free of added noise and distortion. VELVET SOUND technology strives to eliminate those distractions in the pursuit of Real Live Sound: a faithful re-creation of the original experience, as if you were there.

* VELVET SOUND ™ and VELVET SOUND | VERITA ™ are trademarks of Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation in Japan, Europe and the United States.