Astell&Kern used HIGH END 2019 to release the SP2000, which is the first Astell&Kern player that’s able to support 32-bit/768kHz PCM and DSD512 native.

The new Astell&Kern SP2000 features an Octa-Core CPU, a 125mm touchscreen, 512GB of internal memory (double that of previous Astell&Kern players), MQA and dual-band Wi-Fi with two antennas, which the company claims results in improved performance when streaming music. The Astell&Kern SP2000 will be available in two different finishes, stainless steel and copper.

Circuit-wise, the SP2000 uses two of Asahi Kasei’s newest flagship DACs, the AKM AK4499EQ arranged in a dual-mono configuration. It also has separate, independent audio channels for the unbalanced and balanced outputs, meaning that the balanced output is now a true balanced output, offering a maximum of 6V out, compared to 3V out for the unbalanced output.

When it goes on-sale in the US next month, the Astell&Kern SP2000 will retail for $US3,500.

It will go on-sale in Australia in June, priced at $4,999 (RRP).

For more information, contact Astel&Kern’s Australian distributor, BusiSoft AV.