Astell and Kern makes limited edition stainless steel AK380 hi-res player

The AK380, the new flagship hi-res audio player from Astell & Kern, is now available in stainless steel finish, for a limited run.

With only 200 of these players being made, the Stainless Steel package retails for £4800 - £1800 more than the standard edition, and making for a particularly expensive Valentine's Day present, if you were so inclined.

According to the company, the player is "dramatically milled from a single solid block of stainless steel", and comes with a matching slide-on headphone amplifier and carry case.

On the inside, it has the same dual 32-bit DACs and advanced jitter reduction as the non-stainless steel version, 256GB of built-in memory, as well as wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Adam was a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?, reviewing consumer gadgets for online and print publication, as well as researching and producing features and advice pieces on new technology in the hi-fi industry. He has since worked for PC Mag as a contributing editor and is now a science and technology reporter for The Independent.