Astell & Kern AK300 High-Res Portable Media Player

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The Astell&Kern AK300 Portable High Definition Music Player and USB DAC is the latest from Astell&Kern's flagship music player in the 300 series. The Ak 300 is the newest attempt from Astell and Kern to the “ Affordable price”  of the high res player keeping the same state-of-the-art DAC and scalability as applied to the AK380 and AK320. The AK300 has a single AKM AK4490 chip that allows for DSD to PCM playback, so that it does not need to convert DSD files to WAV prior to analog conversion. It comes fitted with a VCXO (Voltage-Controlled Crystal Oscillator) Clock to help reduce jitter and ultimately deliver your music more accurately. 

The AK300's integrated AKM AK4490 DAC provide exemplary sound quality and detail. It can also be used as an external DAC with your Mac or PC via USB. This hi-res player features 64GB of inbuilt memory and a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB.

The 4.0" WVGA touchscreen provides an easy to use interface while the sleek aluminum body and volume knob are smooth and robust. With the help of its WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, you are not just limited to playback of songs you have on your device, you can also stream tracks from your Mac or PC that have been connected to the same wireless network using the AK Connect app.

  • It is capable of bit-to-bit playback up to 24bit, 192kHz.
  • Features 64GB of inbuilt memory while supporting microSD cards of up to 128GB.
  • Balanced and un balanced outputs
  • parametric equalizer is utilized in the AK300 to deliver detailed adjustment of the original sound.
  • Can be used as USB DAC.
  • Supports Bluetooth 4.0 & Wi-Fi for Wireless Convenience
  • DLNA-based AK Connect App.
  • AK300 can be expanded to a variety of devices through the micro-USB and balanced audio out ports such as “AMP, Recorder, Cradle, CD-ripper”
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Technical Specification

  • Type: Digital Media Player 
  • Body Material: Aluminium.
  • Display: 4inch WVGA (480 x 800) Touchscreen
  • Supported Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE(Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
  • DAC: AKM AK4490 x1
  • Input: USB Micro-B(for charging & data transfer (PC & MAC))
  • Outputs: 3.5mm headphone out
  • 3.5mm Optical Out 
  • 2.5mm Balanced Out
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20000Hz; ±0.075 dB / 10Hz - 70000Hz; ±0.56 dB  
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 116dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 117dB @ 1kHz, Balance
  • THD+N: <0.0007-0.0008%@1KHz
  • Output Impedance: Balanced out 1Ω, unbalanced out 2Ω
  • Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
  • Bluetooth: V4.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptX).
  • Battery: 3100 mAH z
  • Battery life: 12 hours.
  • Built-in Memory: 64GB
  • Dimensions: 75.15 x 112.4 x 15.45 mm
  • Weight: 205 g
  • Warranty: 1 year 

What Is In The Box

  • AK300 player 
  • USB cable
  • Leather protective sleeve 
  • micro SC card protector


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Manufacture Description

2.95 "(75.15 mm)

4inch WVGA(480 x 800)Touchscreen

4.42 "(112.4 mm)

0.60 "(15.45 mm)

Weight: 7.23 oz (205 g)


General Specifications
Body Color
Midnight Black
Body Material
4inch WVGA (480 x 800) Touchscreen
Supported Audio Formats
WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE(Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
Sample rate
PCM : 8kHz ~ 192kHz (8/16/24bits per Sample), DSD : DSD64, Stereo / DSD128, Stereo
Output Level
Unbalance 1.98Vrms / Balance 1.98Vrms (Condition No Load)
AKM AK4490 x1 (Single DAC)
Support up to 24bit / 192kHz Bit to Bit Decoding
USB Micro-B input (for charging & data transfer (PC & MAC)) / Connection Mode : MTP (Media Device)
PHONES (3.5mm) / Optical Out (3.5mm) / Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported)
802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
V4.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptX™ HD)
2.95 ”(75.15 mm) [W] x 4.42 ”(112.4 mm) [H] x 0.60 ”(15.45 mm) [D]
7.23 oz (205 g)
Feature Enhancements
Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
Audio Performance
Frequency Response
±0.075dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalance & Balance ±0.56dB (Condition: 10Hz~70kHz) Unbalance / ±0.55dB (Condition: 10Hz~70kHz) Balance
Signal to Noise Ratio
116dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 116dB @ 1kHz, Balance
130dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 130dB @ 1kHz, Balance
0.0008% @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 0.0007% @ 1kHz, Balance
0.0007% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalance / 0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Balance
Output Impedance
Balanced out 2.5mm (1ohm) / PHONES 3.5mm (2ohm)
Clock source
Clock Jitter
Reference Clock Jitter
200 Femto Seconds
3,100mAh 3.7V Li-Polymer Battery
Built-in Memory
External Memory
microSD (Max 256GB) x1
Supported OS
Windows XP, Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up

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