After successfully launching the AK100 and the AK120 models, we asked ourselves, What is the ultimate sound quality? After much consideration, we decided to move a step further with our...
After successfully launching the AK100 and the AK120 models, we asked ourselves, What is the ultimate sound quality? After much consideration, we decided to move a step further with our goal, which is to deliver the sound exactly as the artist had intended for us to hear. Moving from the AK100 to AK120, we decided to provide a Dual DAC setup to create better left and right channel separation with clearer sound quality. We thought that the Dual DAC setup would be enough, but while developing the AK240, we felt the need to further improve sound quality in order to accurately reproduce the original sound recording. After countless hours of research and testing, we were able to find the answer. The answer was to create both a balanced output and native DSD playback through the Dual DAC setup. Now with the AK240, we can dare say that we have gotten that much closer to the sound quality of the original recording. 256GB of Massive Storage Astell Kern has created the AK120 Titan with a storage capacity of 128GB, but in order to support Native DSD, MQS, and massive audio files, we had to come up with the ultimate portable music player with 256GB of storage. With 256GB of internal memory, about 2,500 MQS (24bit/96kHz, 4 minute-long, 90MB) songs can be saved. With the addition of a 128GB microSD card, the AK240 can support up to a total memory capacity of 384GB. MQS Streaming Astell Kern products have started to evolve into network players by providing Wi-Fi capability. To listen to your favorite music, you no longer have to turn on your computer, search for your music, wait for the songs to download, connect your player via USB cable, and then wait for the files to transfer to the player. Now with MQS Streaming, you can easily download or stream music directly from the AK240 by having the unit and your computer connected to the same network. - Astell Kern MQS Streaming Server software must be installed on your PC or MAC with a shared folder saved for MQS Streaming to work. groovers MQS music service provider groovers started with the launch of the AK100. With the AK240, you no longer need to go through the traditional process of purchasing and downloading music on your computer, now you can easily download MQS music directly from the AK240 via the groovers store link on the home page of the AK240. As long as you are in a Wi-Fi area, it is easy to download MQS music wherever you go. OTA (Over-The-Air) Upgrade It has been 13 years since iriver has used the term firmware. Through these years, one had to check for new firmware updates by opening emails or checking the website. Now with a Wi-Fi connection, you can receive instant notifications about new firmware updates and can update your unit whenever and wherever you are. Story Behind the Design The unique design of the AK240 was derived from the combination of light and shadow. The front asymmetric look of the unit was designed from the shape of the shadow when light was shining on it. This shape strongly represents the Astell Kern brand which expresses uniqueness and class while strongly protecting the volume knob as well. There are 2 parts to the design of the volume knob on the AK240. First is the luxurious and exquisite diamond-pattern design on the knob where it is gripped. Second is the fine hairline design at the end