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Astell&Kern Introduces New A&ultima SP3000T Digital Audio Player and NOVUS IEMs

May 2, 2024 | by The Jeuns

Astell&Kern, a renowned brand in the world of high-end Korean audio, has unveiled its latest products just in time for High-End Munich 2024. The highlight of their new releases is the Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000T, a portable player that incorporates tube amplification to deliver a warm and rich analog sound experience. In addition, Astell&Kern has introduced the NOVUS in-ear monitors, a collaborative effort with Empire Ears, designed to complement the SP3000T by merging audio engineering and technology seamlessly.

The SP3000T sets itself apart with its innovative Triple Amp System, offering users the flexibility to choose between tube amplification, digital op-amp, or a combination of both to create customized sound profiles. The player is equipped with headphone outputs supporting 2.5mm, 3.5mm, or 4.4mm connectors, catering to diverse listening preferences. The Tube Amp Mode utilizes vintage vacuum tubes for a warm and classic tone, while the Op-Amp Mode focuses on clarity and minimizing noise levels.

Crafted from a fusion of stainless steel and 99.9% pure silver plating, the SP3000T boasts a timeless design that has earned it the prestigious iF Design Award. Powered by a Snapdragon 6125 Octa-core processor and 8GB of DDR4 memory, the player delivers exceptional performance. The Hybrid Amp Mode elevates resolution and clarity by combining analog and high-resolution output, utilizing the latest AKM flagship DAC, the AK4499EX, to achieve unparalleled sound separation.

Astell&Kern’s second offering, the NOVUS IEMs, is a limited-edition premium earphone developed in collaboration with Empire Ears. These earphones are designed to extract every audio signal from the SP3000T, blending vacuum tube sound with ultra-high-resolution original sound. Featuring dual dynamic drivers enclosed in aluminum shells with gold-plated faceplates and sapphire glass, along with a custom-made hybrid cable for enhanced durability, the NOVUS IEMs promise an exceptional audio experience.

Continuing the legacy of their previous successful collaboration, Astell&Kern and Empire Ears remain dedicated to delivering top-notch audio products to audiophiles. The NOVUS IEMs utilize dual purpose-built W9+ dynamic drivers to ensure an unparalleled in-ear audio experience, catering to enthusiasts who cherish every detail in their music.

The A&ultima SP3000T is now available for purchase from Astell&Kern at a price of ,999, while the Astell&Kern X Empire Ears NOVUS is set to launch towards the end of May, priced at ,999. These products are aimed at discerning audiophiles who prioritize high-quality sound reproduction. With features like a stainless steel body, a 5.5-inch Full HD touchscreen, and support for various audio formats, the SP3000T proves to be a versatile and powerful audio player.


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