Astell & Kern AK500N 1TB Network Audio Player

Astell & Kern

The 500N gives you the freedom to select the sound.

The AK500N is the first desktop network audio product from Astell&Kern that truly combines advanced digital technology with analog sound.

  • The AK500N is the culmination of the experience and know-how accumulated from work on the AK series including the AK240.

    One-click CD-ripping and perfect noise isolation through battery-only operation. PCM to DSD conversion faithful to the original sound and excellent compatibility with a wide range of devices. Easy DLNA-based networking and high-reliability SSD.

    For the AK500N, no detail was overlooked from planning to development to delivery of sound that is true to the original source.

    How are you enjoying your precious CD collection?

    Are you still listening to your music one CD at a time?

    Import your CD collection into the AK500N with the one click.

  • Pure Sound
    A common factor in devices operating in AC power is that the AC power supply is a point of entry for unwanted external noise and exit for device noise. These are the main causes of sound quality degradation.
    The AK500N does not allow even 1% of external noise.

    Although the AK500N is desktop audio device, it was designed to use a built-in battery for noise isolation. The AK500N physically blocks noise generated in the AC power supply to prevent sound degradation at all levels. Music playback on the AK500N is achieved with battery-only operation, creating a truly Pure Sound.

    The SMPS (Switched Mode Power Supply) employed in the AK500N is an outstanding device with a Level 5 efficiency rating. The noise-sensitive power ripple noise* is below 50mVp-p at full load (5A).

    The AK500N delivers sound quality closest to the original recording through perfect noise isolation and battery-only operation.
    • Model: AK500N 
    • Body Color: Black / Silver
    • Body Material: Aluminum
    • Dimensions: 214(W) x 243(H) x 238(D) (mm)
    • Weight:4kg
    • Display: 7inch WXGA(1280 x 800) Touchscreen
    • Supported Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE(Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, DSD64, DSD128
    • DAC: Cirrus Logic CS4398 x2 (Dual DAC)
    • Storage: SSD MLC 1TB
    • Digital Out: AES/EBU x1, BNC x1, Coaxial x1, Optical x1
    • Digital Input: AES/EBU x1, BNC x1, Coaxial x1, Optical x1
    • Analog Out: Balanced(L/R) x2, RCA(L/R) x2
    • Fixed output level: 3V(RCA, Balanced)
    • Variable output level:5Vrms(RCA) / 10Vrms(Balanced)
    • Channel Separation: > 135dB @ 1kHz
    • USB: Type A(Host) x2, Type B(Device) x1
    • USB DAC: UAC(USB Audio Class) 2.0 / DSD64, DSD128, PCM
    • Network: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz) & Ethernet 10/100/1000, DLNA(DMS, DMC, DMR)