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Astell & Kern AK240 Blue Note Limited Edition

Special Price $1,899.00 Regular Price $4,500.00
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The Astell&Kern has partnered with Blue Note Records to commemorate the record company's 75th anniversary in the world of Jazz and Blues.

On this special edition of the AK240, you will receive pre-loaded, 75 remastered hi-res albums. Hear this hi res music like you've never heard before!

Includes the Blue Note branded Astell&Kern AK240 high-resolution portable audio player, a special hardbound book filled with original album art (front and back cover) for the 75 titles, & Richard Havers’ new book, Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression.

Five Blue Note albums make their exclusive hi-res audio debuts with the release of the Blue Note package: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers’ Mosaic, Tina Brooks’ True Blue, Don Cherry’s Complete Communion, Andrew Hill’s Point Of Departure, and Bobby Hutcherson’s Components.

The gorgeous collection spans Blue Note’s storied history, from Thelonious Monk's first sessions in 1947 to GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz phenomenon Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit. Each album, in high resolution on a microSD card, in an acrylic glass case with original album artwork stacked in a beautiful, decorative tower that can be placed next to your home system for an elegant, luxurious display.

Album List:

01. Thelonious Monk - Genius Of Modern Music Volume One

02. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell

03. Thelonious Monk - Genius Of Modern Music Volume Two

04. Miles Davis - Miles Davis, Volume 1

05. Miles Davis - Miles Davis, Volume 2

06. Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers - Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers

07. Kenny Dorham - Afro-Cuban

08. Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins

09. Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins, Vol. 2

10. John Coltrane - Blue Train

11. Sonny Rollins - Newk's Time

12. Sonny Rollins - A Night At The Village Vanguard

13. Lou Donaldson - Lou Takes Off

14. Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin

15. Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else

16. Three Sounds - Introducing The 3 Sounds

17. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Moanin

18. Horace Silver - Blowin' The Blues Away

19. Hank Mobley - Soul Station

20. Jimmy Smith - Back At The Chicken Shack: The Incredible Jimmy Smith

21. Jimmy Smith - Midnight Special

[hi-res audio debuts]
22. Tina Brooks - True Blue

23. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - A Night In Tunisia

24. Hank Mobley - Workout

25. Grant Green - Green Street

26. Freddie Hubbard - Ready For Freddie

[hi-res audio debuts]
27. Art Blakey - Mosaic

28. Stanley Turrentine - That's Where It's At

29. Jackie McLean - Let Freedom Ring

30. Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off

31. Dexter Gordon - Go

32. Sheila Jordan - Portrait Of Sheila

33. Freddie Hubbard - Hub-Tones

34. Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue

35. Donald Byrd - A New Perspective

36. Hank Mobley - The Turnaround!

37. Jackie McLean - One Step Beyond

38. Dexter Gordon, Bud Powell, Pierre Michelot, Kenny Clarke - Our Man In Paris

39. Joe Henderson - Page One

40. Herbie Hancock - Inventions And Dimensions

41. Jackie McLean - Destination... Out!

42. Horace Silver - Song For My Father

43. Grant Green - Idle Moments

44. Andrew Hill - Black Fire

45. Grachan Moncur Ⅲ - Evolution

46. Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder

47. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Free For All

48. Lee Morgan - Search For The New Land

49. Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch!

[hi-res audio debuts]

50. Andrew Hill - Point Of Departure

51. Wayne Shorter - Night Dreamer

52. Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles

53. Wayne Shorter - Juju

54. Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil

55. Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage

[hi-res audio debuts]
56. Bobby Hutcherson - Components

57. Lee Morgan - Cornbread

58. Horace Silver Quintet - The Cape Verdean Blues

59. Wayne Shorter - The All Seeing Eye

60. Larry Young - Unity

61. Ornette Coleman Trio - At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm Vol. 1

62. Ornette Coleman Trio - At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm Vol. 2

[hi-res audio debuts]
63. Don Cherry - Complete Communion

64. Joe Henderson - Mode For Joe

65. Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple

66. Cecil Taylor - Unit Structures

67. Cecil Taylor - Conquistador!

68. Lou Donaldson - Alligator Bogaloo

69. McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy

70. Herbie Hancock - Speak Like A Child

71. Donald Byrd - Black Byrd 

72. Marlena Shaw - Who Is This Bitch, Anyway?

73. Cassandra Wilson - New Moon Daughter

74. Norah Jones - Come Away With Me

75. Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit

Manuals and Guides
(Size: 3.4 MB)
Astell&Kern AK240 Digital Audio Player

AK240 Features

Dual Cirrus-Logic CS4398 DAC allows Bit-to-Bit Native DSD audio playback.

Housing made from aircraft grade Duralumin, back cover is comprised of true Carbon Fiber.

Unbalanced & S-PDIF audio output through 3.5mm jack & Balanced audio output through 2.5mm 4-Pole TRRS jack.

New user interface for the AK240: faster & more intuitive.

Full external USB/S-PDIF DAC support.

256GB of internal flash memory, single micro SD card slot (supports up to 64GB): total possible storage of 320GB.

Increased screen size: 3.3” 800x480 AMOLED full touchscreen.

Stream MQS audio from your computer & download music straight to the AK240 from hi-res audio content providers via Wi-Fi.

Upgrade system software via Wi-Fi OTA (Over-The-Air).

10 band adjustable user EQ settings and PRO EQ preset.

Includes the premium 100% genuine Italian leather case.

Model AK240
Body Color Blue
Body Material Aircraft Grade Duralumin
Display 3.31inch WVGA (480 x 800) AMOLED Touchscreen
Supported Audio Formats WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE(Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
Sample Rate FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF : 8kHz ~ 192kHz (8/16/24bits per Sample)
/ DSD Native : DSD64 (1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128 (1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo
Output Level Unbalance 2.1Vrms / Balance 2.3Vrms (Condition No Load)
DAC Cirrus Logic CS4398 x2 (Dual DAC
Decoding Support up to 24bit/192kHz Bit to Bit Decoding, DSD64/128
Input USB Micro-B input (for charging & data transfer (PC & MAC)) Connection Mode : MTP (Media Device)
Outputs PHONES (3.5mm) / Optical Out (3.5mm) Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
Bluetooth V4.0
Dimensions 2.59 ”(66 mm) [W] x 4.21 ”(107 mm) [H] x 0.68 ”(17.5 mm) [D]
Weight 6.5 oz (185 g)
Feature Enhancements Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
Audio Performance  
Frequency Response ±0.023dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalance & Balance,  / ±0.3dB (Condition: 10Hz~70kHz) Unbalance & Balance
Signal to Noise Ratio 116dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 117dB @ 1kHz, Balance
Crosstalk 130dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 135dB @ 1kHz, Balance
THD+N 0.0007% @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Balance
IMD SMPTE 0.0004% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalance / 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Balance
Output Impedance Balanced out 2.5mm (1ohm) / PHONES 3.5mm (2ohm)
Clock source  
Clock Jitter 50ps (Typ)
Capacity 3,250mAh 3.7V Li-Polymer Battery
Built-in Memory 256GB [NAND]
External Memory microSD (Max 128GB) x1
Supported OS Windows XP, Windows 7,8 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up








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