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The evolution of a masterpiece, AK380 Copper

A New Approach to Music

We at Astell&Kern have been relentlessly searching for just the right raw material to complement sound.
Stainless steel has given us unwavering strength Duralumin, a material used in aircraft, has given us high rigidity and light weight Aluminum has given us excellent wear resistance

We selected copper as the principal raw material for the newest variant of the AK380 to convey the message that this is more than just a medium for transmitting music - it's an ”instrument”.

Witness the birth of a new instrument - The AK380 Copper

  • 32bit 384kHz Bit to Bit Playback
  • Native DSD (up to 11.2 MHz) Playback
  • Parametric EQ with 20bands 0.01dB
  • 200 Femto Seconds VCXO Reference Clock
  • Scalable Amp
  • DNLA based AK Connect App
  • Metal Touch Sensor Home Button
  • 32-bit 384kHz Bit-to-bit Play

    32-bit 384kHz
    bit-to-bit Play

  • Native DSD

    Native DSD

  • Parametric EQ

    Parametric EQ

  • 200fs VCXO Reference Clock

    200fs VCXO
    Reference Clock

  • AK Connect

    AK Connect

  • Metal Touch Sensor Home button

    Metal Touch Sensor
    Home button

  • Metal Body(Duralumin)

    Metal Body

  • External AMP

    External AMP

32-bit 384kHz bit-to-bit Playback

All of the AK380 Cooper’s circuit design including the digital-analog converter (DAC) are ready for 32-bit processing to handle 32-bit music natively.
Other products have traditionally used sample rate converter (SRC) method down sampling for playback. However, the AK380 Cooper is capable of playing back 32-bit, 384 kHz original sound without any down sampling.

The result is the AK380 Cooper plays up to 32-bit, 384 kHz, any 24-bit music files, or double layer DSD 11.2MHz natively, without conversion or compression.

32-bit bit-to-bit Playback by the AK380 Copper


32-bit Playback by Other Products


PEQ (Parametric EQ)

A parametric equalizer (PEQ*1) was implemented in the AK380 Cooper to deliver detailed adjustment of the original sound, and an audio digital signal processor (DSP) was added to aid in this process.
This frees up CPU cycles previously needed forcalculating graphic equalizers (GEQ), allowing more detailed and accurate calculations via the dedicated DSP.
The audio DSP expands the existing 10-band, ±0.5 dB graphic equalizer (GEQ*2) to 20-band, ±0.01 dB to more precisely adjust the frequency and gain (dB) as well as more accurately specifying the frequency range via Q value adjustments.

* The PEQ supports up to 8 kHz - 192 kHz (8/16/24-bit) formats, but DSD and 32-bit audio are not supported.

AK380 Copper 20-band PEQ and AK240 10-band GEQ Frequency Values

DAC Module

What is Parametric Equalization (PEQ*1)?

Parametric equalization refers to the ability to increase or decrease the volume within the Q value range.
A Q value is a frequency range relative to a selected frequency. The frequency range decreases when the Q value increases and vice versa.

What is Graphic Equalization (GEQ*2)?

Graphic equalization divides the audible frequency register into several registers and increases or decreases the level of each register with a volume slider to adjust the respective frequency’s characteristics.
The switches of the volume slider are connected like a graph to visually determine the frequency characteristics, hence the name "graphic equalizer."

Equipped With a Femto Clock to Deliver True Original Sound

Astell&Kern implemented a voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) high-precision clock with a reference jitter value of 200 femto seconds*3. Femto clocks are commonly used in high-end audio systems, and the clock is measured in high-precision femtosecond units(one quadrillionth of a second).

What is VCXO?

A VCXO, or a voltage-controlled crystal oscillator, is a type of crystal oscillation device that creates oscillation frequencies.
External environmental stimuli, which in this case mean voltage inputs, influence the frequency value. Adjustments to the voltage input tunes a precise frequency value.

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What is Jitter?

Jitter refers to the undesired deviation in time that occurs in a periodic signal. In this case, jitter is the error that occurs in the reference clock required to perform the sampling in digital audio equipment.

By utilizing a femto clock, the AK380 is able to create a more accurate frequency value and make fine jitter corrections. As a result, the AK380 faithfully reproduces analog sound closer than ever to the original source when transmitting a digital signal as an analog signal.

The AK Connect and AK Connect HD apps Download

The AK Connect and AK Connect HD apps are available for download from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

Google Play Store Apple App Store
img [Phone] AK Connect
img [Tablet] AK Connect HD

Pressure-sensitive Metal Capacitive Touch

The AK380 Copper is the first Astell&Kern product to utilize a metal capacitive touch interface. The pressure-sensitive Metal Touch home button responds to fine pressure changes so users operate the device with just a light touch on the metallic pad.

More Expandable Options

The AK380 offers great expandable options through its micro USB connection and balanced out ports on the bottom of the unit.

The AK380 Copper’s functionality is expandable by connecting to a variety of devices. You can increase the output and connect to a greater variety of high-impedance professional headphones through the upcoming AK380 Amp SS. The AK380 Cradle features balanced output in addition to USB data transfer and charging capabilities, and the AK380 Copper CD-ROM drive rips audio CDs directly to the AK380 Copper.


A New Approach to Music

AK380 AMP Copper

The AK380 Copper's Bedrock


Perfect Extractor



When Music Becomes More Than Just Sound
Copper, as an alloy with tin, nickel, or zinc, is used as a raw material for wind instruments, which form the central part of an orchestra. These wind instruments transmit deep and heavy sounds through tubes of copper alloys.
In addition, copper is the second most electrically conductive1 metal after silver. With superior electrical conductivity and shielding performance than typical metals, the AK380 Copper is able to deliver a different sound signature than the existing duralumin-based AK380.
* The copper used in the AK380 Copper boasts a 99.9% pure elemental property.