Astell&Kern SP2000 DAP Music Player

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The SP2000 is the latest portable player from the Astell&Kern A&ultima line and the first to use separate, independent audio channels between the Unbalanced and Balanced outputs. Featuring two AK4499EQ DACs, SP2000 offers more power than ever before for the ultimate audio experience.

A New Norm

This new flagship DAP offers 6Vrms Balanced output and 3Vrms Unbalanced output and supports up to 32-bit/768KHz bit-to-bit playback of high-resolution PCM audio and native playback of DSD up to DSD512. It also features an Octa-Core CPU, a 5-inch touchscreen, 512GB of internal memory (double of previous Astell&Kern players), MQA support (pending final testing and certification) and dual-band Wi-Fi with a stereo antenna, for improved network performance when streaming music. The SP2000 will be available in July 2019 for $3,500.

Design Concept

The design of the SP2000 improves upon its predecessor, enhancing the details and maintaining the unique crown pattern volume/power wheel. The music player will be available in Stainless Steel and Copper bodies.

The SP2000 DAP features two of the latest Asahi Kasei flagship DAC, the AK4499, and an octa-core CPU. This new flagship player supports 32bit/768kHz, DSD512, dual-band wireless connectivity (2.4 & 5 GHz), and an increased power output of 6Vrms Balanced. With a 5-inch HD (720 x 1,280) display screen and internal storage of 512GB, the SP2000 is available in both Stainless Steel & Copper finishes.


Press and Reviews

Astell n Kern Magazine Guide
Astell&Kern Magazine

Guides & Reviews
by Moon Audio


Astell n Kern SP2000 dimensions


Body Color
Stainless Steel
Body Material
Stainless Steel : Stainless Steel
Copper : Copper
5inch (720 x 1,280) Touch display
Supported Audio Formats
WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA(Support Scheduled)
MQA playback
Services(Tidal Masters), Local files, External USB, MQA-CD(ripped)
Sample rate
PCM : 8kHz ~ 768kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample)
DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo
DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo
DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo
DSD512(1bit 22.4MHz), Stereo
Output Level
Unbalance 3.0Vrms
Balance 6.0Vrms (Condition No Load)
AKM AK4499EQ x2 (Dual DAC)
Decoding Support
up to 32bit
768kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback
USB 3.0 Type-C input (for PC & MAC)
PHONES (3.5mm)
Optical Out (3.5mm)
Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported)
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
V4.1 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptXTM HD)
3.00” W x 5.19" H x 0.61" D (76.3 mm x 132 mm x 15.7 mm)
Stainless Steel : 14.49 oz (410.8 g)
Copper : 15.25 oz (432.4 g)
Feature Enhancements
Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
Frequency Response
±0.015dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalance
±0.010dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Balance
±0.050dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz) Unbalance
±0.030dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz) Balance
Signal to Noise Ratio
124dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance
125dB @ 1kHz, Balance
-138dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance
-144dB @ 1kHz, Balance
0.0005% @ 1kHz, Unbalance
0.0004% @ 1kHz, Balance
0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalance & Balance
Output Impedance
Balanced out 2.5mm (1ohm)
PHONES 3.5mm (1.5ohm)
Clock Jitter
Reference Clock Jitter
200 Femto Seconds
Battery Capacity
3,700mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery
Continuous Playback Time
Up to 8 hours (Standard - MUSIC: FLAC, 16-bit/44.1kHz, Unbalance, Volume 80, EQ OFF, LCD OFF)
Charge Time
About 2.5 hours (Standard - 9V/1.67A Fast charging)
About 5 hours (Standard - 5V/2A General charging)
Built-in Memory
512GB [NAND]
External Memory
microSD (Max. 512GB) x1
Supported OS
Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit)
MAC OS X 10.7 and up