Astell and Kern Ultima SP2000

Ultimate Hi Res Audio Player
Manufacturer: Astell & Kern
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£3,399.00

The new Astell and Kern Ultima SP200 is the flagship player from Astell and Kern, in the ever popular SE100 case work. Slimmer in profile than the SP1000, making it more portable,  but with the same stunning performance. In a choice of Stainless Steel or Copper finishes, this stunning new player is a joy to behold. 

Available to Pre-Order now! 

Here's what Astell and Kern say:

A&ultima SP2000 is the third player released in the A&ultima lineup. A&ultima SP2000 features newly developed audio circuitry and amplifier design. Stainless Steel and Copper body finishes for the best acoustics. Dual DAC of AK4499EQ from AKM. Native playback of 32bit/768kHz PCM and DSD512 without compression or loss. Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz)  Twice the Amount of Internal Storage of Previous Flagship Models. Improved Audio Output Power and Greater Acoustic Details. 

The SP2000 is the first Astell&Kern player to use separate, independent audio channels between the Unbalanced and Balanced outputs. 
This design offers much more power than ever before, with 6 Vrms for Balanced output and 3Vrms for Unbalanced output. With this design, the SP2000 offers the ultimate audio experience as Astell&Kern's newest flagship player.

The AK4499EQ DAC chip uses the most advanced 'Current Output Architecture' technology. 
To take full advantage of this new architecture, Astell&Kern redesigned the Op Amp and analog amp block configuration completely. 
The new circuit design optimizes the current consumption and brings out the most from these new DAC chips. 
The combination of the SP2000 and AK4499EQ chips provide mind-blowing audio quality.

SP2000 is the first Astell&Kern model to support 32 bit/768 kHz and DSD512 (22.4MHz) playback natively without compression or loss.

With streaming music services becoming more popular, stronger and more reliable network reception becomes even more important for your audio experience. The SP2000 supports Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz, a/b/g/n/ac) with an improved 3-dimensional antenna design. With a stronger Wi-Fi signal and faster speeds, music streaming from the most popular services is better than ever on the SP2000.

As CD-ripping and offline storage of streaming content gets more popular,  the SP2000 offers twice the amount of internal storage compared to SP1000. 512GB internal storage can hold up to 700+ CDs or 8,000+ tracks of FLAC files (60MB/track).

General Specifications
Model
SP2000
Body Color
Stainless Steel / Copper
Body Material
Stainless Steel : Stainless Steel / Copper : Copper
Display
5inch (720 x 1,280) Touch display
Supported Audio Formats
WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA(Support Scheduled)
MQA playback
Services(Tidal Masters), Local files, External USB, MQA-CD(ripped)
Sample rate
PCM : 8kHz ~ 768kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample) / DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo 
/ DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo / DSD512(1bit 22.4MHz), Stereo
Output Level
Unbalanced 3.0Vrms / Balanced 6.0Vrms (Condition No Load)
CPU
Octa-Core
DAC
AKM AK4499EQ x2 (Dual DAC)
Decoding
Support up to 32bit / 768kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback
Input
USB 3.0 Type-C input (for PC & MAC)
Outputs
Unbalanced Out (3.5mm) / Optical Out (3.5mm) / Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported)
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
Bluetooth
V4.1 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptXTM HD)
Dimensions
3.00 ”(76.3 mm) [W] x 5.19 ”(132 mm) [H] x 0.61 ”(15.7 mm) [D]
Weight
Stainless Steel : 14.49 oz (410.8 g) / Copper : 15.25 oz (432.4 g)
Feature Enhancements
Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
Audio Performance
Frequency Response
±0.015dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced / ±0.010dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced 
±0.050dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz) Unbalanced / ±0.030dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz) Balanced
Signal to Noise Ratio
124dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 125dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
Crosstalk
-138dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / -144dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
THD+N
0.0005% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 0.0004% @ 1kHz, Balanced
IMD SMPTE
0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalanced & Balanced
Output Impedance
Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (1.5ohm) / Balanced out 2.5mm (1ohm)
Clock source
Clock Jitter
25ps(Typ)
Reference Clock Jitter
200 Femto Seconds
Battery
Capacity
3,700mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery
Continuous Playback Time
Up to 8 hours (Standard - MUSIC: FLAC, 16-bit/44.1kHz, Unbalance, Volume 80, EQ OFF, LCD OFF)
Charge Time
About 2.5 hours (Standard - 9V/1.67A Fast charging) 
About 5 hours (Standard - 5V/2A General charging)
Memory
Built-in Memory
512GB [NAND]
External Memory
microSD (Max. 512GB) x1
OS
Supported OS
Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up
Products specifications
Item Condition New