Not content with launching its first digital audio player to use three DACs in 2020, premium audio brand Astell & Kern will do even better with its latest version, the A & ultima SP2000T, the company’s first quad-DAC player.
Unlike last year’s SE200, which offered listeners a choice of DACs from different manufacturers, the SP2000T will feature four of the same ESS ES9068AS DAC chips to convert digital file data to analog audio. The chips will have built-in 8x MQA rendering, supporting PCM files up to 32-bit / 384kHz, 96k SPDIF, and DSD1024.
However, the SP2000T still promises to offer sonic versatility. Listeners will have the option of plugging their headphones into the 2.5mm, 3.5mm, or 4.4mm ports, then choosing between three types of amps to complement the music they’re listening to. The SP2000T’s triple amp system offers a tube amp mode, normal op amp setting, or a hybrid amp that uses both tube and op amps. All three modes will be available on the three headphone outputs.
Rounding out the new features is Replay Gain, which allows the player to automatically adjust the volume between tracks and maintain a consistent playback level.
Full tech specs will be available at the end of this month, but we do know that the SP2000T will support 2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth using LDAC and aptX-HD codecs, as well as a Full HD 1920×1080 touchscreen.
The A & ultima SP2000T digital music player is expected to launch in October this year.
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