With many home computers and laptops these days, if you want a CD drive you have to either option it in, or have a separate drive dangling off a USB socket.

So if you're spending extra on a drive anyway, it's worth considering one developed specifically for audio purposes - because there are indeed rips and rips.

This Astell&Kern CD-RIPPER MkII is designed to integrate particularly effectively with the company's high-res audio players, but distributor Busisoft AV's George Poutakidis assures us it will work with a Mac or Windows computer also.

The Ripper's body is constructed of machined aluminium,this increased weight limiting vibrations caused by CD spinning, while a triangular support damper under the body further managse vibrations from CD rotation to prevent read errors and ensure the most accurate CD rips.

The CD-RIPPER MKⅡ is fully compatible with all Wi-Fi enabled Astell&Kern players including the new A&K UItima SP1000 and KANN. Tracks can be saved as FLAC or WAV formats and can be ripped at various speeds. Wi-Fi-connected Astell&Kern players will access Gracenote’s extensive music database and automatically add metadata such as album title, artist, genre and album art.   

Both micro-USB and USB-C cables are included with the CD-RIPPER MKⅡ. RRP in Australia is $599, with availability from October. 

AK CD-RIPPER MKⅡ
Body Color: Gun Metal
Body Material: Aluminum
Dimensions: 149mm [W] x 149mm [H] x 49mm [D]
Weight: 1260g
CD Ripping Audio Format: WAV, FLAC
More information: Busisoft AV