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Astell&Kern reveals super-sleek £399 AK Jr portable music player

Astell&Kern has announced the arrival of the AK Jr portable music player.
 
The AK Jr is being hailed by the firm as its cheapest high-resolution portable player yet.
 

As its name suggests, it’s essentially a slimmed down version of Astell&Kerns other audio players, such as the AK240 and AK120 II. The company hopes consumers will find it easier to carry around than its previous efforts.
 
“The AK Jr project gives everyone the opportunity to comfortably listen to high resolution audio, anytime and anywhere,” said Astell&Kern.
 
“Although the Astell&Kern was a portable device, its relatively large size made it less convenient for some. The AK Jr’s compact design delivers the highest sound quality while fitting comfortably in your pocket.”
 
Clad in aluminium, the AK Jr is just 6.9mm thick and weighs a paltry 93g – that’s less than the 42mm Apple Watch (with strap).
 
It comes with 64GB of internal storage, as well as a microSD card slot you can use to boost total capacity to 128GB. There’s a 3.1-inch touchscreen too, which Astell&Kern describes as being “smartphone-like”.

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Audio playback stands at 24bit/192hkz, while it also Bluetooth 4.0 and a range of audio formats, including DSD. The output level of 1.95 VRMS represents a 14% increase over the AK100’s 1.5 VRMS.
 

Astell&Kern says the AK Jr will hit the shelves in mid-to-late May, retailing for £399.

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