Astell & Kern introduces £499 AK70 hi-res audio player

Technology that has been passed down to the AK70 includes wi-fi connectivity and a balanced output option to ensure you get the best possible performance from partnering headphones. Having wi-fi on board means music can be streamed to and from the player, and also makes it easier to perform software updates.

Elsewhere, its the standard A&K affair: 24-bit/192kHz DAC, support for a wide range of high-resolution audio file formats, including DSD, and balanced & standard 3.5mm outputs.

There’s Bluetooth onboard so you can wirelessly stream to headphones and speakers and it's all controlled via a 3.3in touchscreen. As with Astell & Kern’s other players, the AK70 has a built-in microSD card slot which will let you increase the 64GB of onboard storage by up to 200GB.

Astell & Kern says the AK70 can double up as a USB DAC to boost the quality of any computer-based audio.

The AK70 will be available from July for £499, with bespoke leather cases in green, blue and black available for £40. The Award-winning AK Jr is still available for £400, while stocks last.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.