The perfect transportable music participant: nice high quality transportable sound

Astell and Kern Aultima SP2000T

The last word premium transportable music participant


  • Infinitely revealing, absolutely musical sound
  • Intensive specification
  • Effectively made, completed and introduced


  • Criminally costly
  • Large and heavy by “transportable” requirements
  • Battery life is nothing particular

The Astell & Kern A&ultima SP2000T is at the moment our favourite premium transportable music participant. Like all Astell & Kern merchandise, it has a putting look with its asymmetrical design and likewise feels premium, though our reviewer felt it wasn’t very comfy to carry. That is as a result of weight and bulk of the product, which for a conveyable music participant isn’t probably the most fascinating attribute.

However what the SP2000T lacks in portability, it makes up for in function set. Along with numerous headphone outputs with a 3.5 mm unbalanced jack together with 2.5 and 4.4 mm balanced outputs, the SP2000T has intensive wi-fi connectivity in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, with AAC, aptX HD and LDAC codecs, with file assist , which ranges from MP3 to DSD512 and 4 ESS ES9068AS DACs that may decode as much as 32-bit/384kHz. The inner reminiscence is barely 256GB, however it may be expanded by 1TB through microSD playing cards.

The 5-inch FHD touchscreen paired with a quad-core processor is one we discovered notably responsive, and whereas the nine-hour whole run time is first rate, we expect the 3-hour cost time is somewhat leisurely in comparison with this.

As a three-amp unit, the SP2000T presents a alternative of efficiency, providing both Astell’s commonplace OP AMP circuit or KORG Nutube dual-triode amplification for a lusher, hotter sound. To tweak the sound much more, there are 5 hybrid positions to vary issues up.

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Our reviewer discovered the SP2000T to supply partaking listening with distinctive ranges of element throughout an expansive soundstage. The underside finish of the frequency vary is heavy, stable and textured as an outline, with the highest finish coping with intensive ranges of element, with as a lot chew and crunch to these excessive notes because it’s attainable to ship, although with that in thoughts, I’ll wish to discover a headphone associate to keep away from the excessive notes sounding too harsh and unforgiving.

Reviewer: Simon Lucas
Full evaluate: Astell & Kern A&Ultima SP2000T