While streaming services and smartphones may have had a hand in thwarting the nostalgia-inducing MP3 player, they hold no threat to Astell&Kern. The high-end electronics brand has unveiled its new A&ultima SP3000, and it’s far from your old-school iPod.
This innovative gadget is the first portable MP3 player to boast a watch-grade 904L stainless steel body and state-of-the-art audio circuitry. Moreover, it completely separates digital and analog signals to deliver excelling audio performance via independent dual circuitry. Sonically, the variety of DAC filters allows you to customize the sound to your liking, as it offers a variety of options like Harmonic Sound, Acoustic Sound, and Natural Tone. In layman’s terms, it sounds incredible, and any audiophile will attest to that.
Additionally, it is powered by a premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 6125 Octa-Core processor and supports the software company’s fast charging tech that fully powers the SP3000 in less than four hours. To deliver a more refined product inside and out, its crisp, 5.46-inch full HD display offers a fully reimagined interface for a user-friendly listening experience that anyone can enjoy. You can customize the look using a trio of modes — Edge, Simple, and Dark Mode — to reduce eye strain and heat retention, as well as optimize your battery life.
Products like the SP3000 prove that MP3 players still have a place in the tech world. A&K will begin accepting pre-orders on September 15, as the gadget itself is set to release on October 17 for $3,699.