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Astell & Kern AK240 makes its UK debut at Bristol Show 2014

Astell & Kern is making quite a splash here at the Bristol Show with the UK introduction of its £2200 AK240 hi-res portable music player, first unveiled at CES in Las Vegas last month. If you can make it to the show, you can try it out for yourself on the A&K stand.

The launch of the AK240 marks an expansion of A&K's range of portable audio players and builds on the success of the AK100 and AK120 – introduced to the UK late last year.

In addition to a brand-new look, the AK240 includes a series of new features not currently offered by any other high-res portable players on the market.

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The new features include 256GB internal memory and one microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB of microSD card storage – resulting in a total of 320GB of music storage.

A dual-core processor allows the AK240 to handle requests and play high-res audio files with no lag time, while users will also be able to connect to music download sites directly from the player.

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By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.