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Astell&Kern showcases SA700 in Tokyo, Japan

A product where past emotions and current technology meet

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Goh Beng Yeow
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Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

Astell&Kern showcased its latest SA700 portable high-resolution player at the Fujiya-Avic Autumn Headphone Festival 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Modelled after the company’s original AK120, which debuted as the company’s first portable player in the world to feature Dual DACs in 2013.

Japanese model with Astell&Kern SA700

Reinterpreting the brand heritage under the slogan “Past Meets Present”, the SA700 also features dual DACs, reinterpreting the AK120 with the combination of the current latest AK4492ECB DAC in dual configuration from Asahi Kasei Microdevices (AKM) coupled with the latest amplifier design from the company.

Astell&Kern SA700

Paying homage to the AK120, the SA700 spots a seemingly familiar volume wheel with the addition of an intelligent LED that exhibits the music information and volume adjustment state through colours which include red, green, blue, and purple with varying brightness and saturation. The intelligent LED can also be turned off via the settings panel of the player.

Astell&Kern SA700 Intelligent LED

The SA700 also supports Open APP Service which enables the user to install specific APK 
music streaming apps to the device.

Equipped with a 4.1 inch (720 x 1,280) touchscreen, the SA700 will be available in two colours, Onyx Black and Stainless Steel. It also has a built-in memory of 128GB as well as a battery capacity of 3,150 mAh supporting up to 8.5 hours of playback time. The SA700 is expected to retail for USD 1,299 from mid-December 2019.

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