Blog: High End Munich 2024 Preview – Part 3 – Munich First


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Astell&Kern ACTIVO P1

Activo P1

The Activo P1 is a slim and simple new DAP tuned by AK, providing a lossless music streaming experience. The P1 has a one-handed compact design and with its Octa-core processor it is fast and pleasant to work with. The P1 also sports Dual-band Wi-Fi and AK promises 20h of continues playback. The price of this new DAP isn’t know yet.


Body: Whisper White : Aluminum, Polycarbonate

Dimensions/Weight: 2.44” (62 mm)[W] x 4.69” (119.2mm)[H] x 0.67” (17.2mm)[D]

Display: 4.1inch 720 x 1280 touch screen

Supported Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF

Sample rate: PCM : 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample) DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo/ DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo

Decoding: Support up to 32bit / 384kHz Bit to Bit playback

Output Level: Unbalanced Out (3.5mm), Balanced Out (4.4m, only 5-pole supported)

DAC: ESS ES9219Q x2

Input: USB Type-C input (for charging & PC & MAC)

Outputs: Unbalanced Out (3.5mm), Balanced Out (4.4m, only 5-pole supported)

Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)

Bluetooth: V5.3 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptXHD, LDAC, LHDC)

Playback Time: About 20hours (Standard : FLAC, 16bit, 44.1kHz, Vol.50, LCD Off)

Memory: 64GB [NAND], microSD x1 (Max. 1.5TB)


Astell&Kernand Empire Ears are once again joining forces to introduce their second collaboration IEM, embodying the essence of audio technology. The first collaboration, Astell&Kern X Empire Ears Odyssey, was a product that epitomized the innovation of both companies in unlocking the full potential of Astell&Kern’s flagship SP3000, garnering significant attention with its flawless sound and distinctive design. The newly unveiled Astell&Kern X Empire Ears NOVUS builds upon the technological advancements of its predecessor. It seamlessly integrates the sound and design philosophy of Astell&Kern players with Empire Ears’ unique technology, establishing a remarkable new paradigm at an astonishing level.

Astell&Kern NOVUS


– 13 Driver Quadbrid, Dual Conduction

– Dual W9+ Dynamic Drivers

– 5 Balanced Armature Drivers: 1 Sonion driver & Quad Proprietary NOVA Drivers by Knowles / Quad Electrostatic Drivers by Sonion / Dual Bone Conductors by Sonion

– 24K Wet Gold Plating Faceplates

– Sapphire Glass

– 6061-T6 Aluminum Shell finished in DLC

– 4-Wire Hybrid Copper, Gold & Silver Cable: 23.7AWG LitzType 4S Cable Structure reinforced with black macro-molecular fiber

– Frequency Response: 5Hz-100kHz

– Sensitivity: 108.1dB @ 1kHz, 1mW

– Impedance: 2 ohms @1kHz

NOVUS has been developed to extract the pinnacle of sound from the Astell&KernSP3000T, combining the most delicately crafted analog vacuum tube sound with ultra-high-resolution original sound. Every component and material has been meticulously chosen without compromise to deliver a flagship sound that has never been experienced before. It is completed with a design that befits the highest-grade product, encapsulating the essence of Astell&Kern x Empire Ears.

In an audacious leap forward, Empire Ears, in collaboration with Astell&Kern, unveils the Novus: a beacon of innovation in the in-ear monitor landscape. This partnership marries our relentless drive for excellence with Astell&Kern’s renowned audio engineering prowess, setting new horizons in sound fidelity and technological sophistication. The Novus is not merely an advancement; it’s a revolution, embodying our shared commitment to transcend the conventional and redefine the extraordinary. With each pioneering technology it introduces, the Novus stands as a testament to our collective inventive spirit, a fusion of visionary design and unparalleled acoustic performance that propels the IEM industry into a new era.


Astell&Kern’s ethos of producing immersive sound from high-resolution original music stands as a testament to the spirit of innovation and excellence embodied in the A&ultima series. Our goal was to surpass the impeccable design and high-resolution sound of our previous product, the SP3000, by crafting an audio player that truly captures the emotion and resonance of music.

Developed with this vision in mind, the A&ultima SP3000T channels the profound emotion and lasting essence of analog audio. The integration of a real vacuum tube creates an authentic analog sound complemented by cutting-edge audio technology such as TERATON ALPHA for an immersive auditory experience. Introducing the A&ultima SP3000T —a portable audio player that defies convention, offering a unique fusion of analog and digital excellence.


– RAYTHEON JAN6418 MIL-SPEC Vintage Vacuum Tube Dual

– Our TRIPLE AMP SYSTEM allows listeners to select the right tones for their music

– Three levels of voltage with Tube Current option

– Stainless steel with 99.9% pure silver plating

– Separate digital and analog signal processing

– VU Meter

– High-performance Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU

– Body: Silver : Stainless Steel with Pure Silver Plating

– Dimensions/Weight: 3.33″ (84.7mm)[W] x 5.57″ (141.5mm)[H] x 0.70″ (18mm)[D]: about 17oz (483g)

– Display: 5.5 inch 1080 x 1920 Full HD touch screen

– Output Level: Unbalanced 3.3Vrms │ Balanced 6.3Vrms (Condition No Load)

– DAC: AKM AK4191 x2 (Dual Modulator) & AKM AK4499EX x2 (Dual DAC)

– Input: USB Type-C input (for charging & PC & MAC)

– Outputs: Unbalanced Out (3.5mm), Optical Out(3.5mm)

– Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported | 4.4m, only 5-pole supported)

– Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)

– Bluetooth: V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP │ Qualcomm® aptXHD, LDAC, LHDC)

– Playback Time: about 10hours (Standard : FLAC, 16bit, 44.1kHz, Unbalanced, Vol.50, LCD Off, LED On, OP AMP Mode)

– Memory: 256GB [NAND], microSD x1 (Max. 1TB)


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