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General Specifications


Model: AK500N

Body Color: Black / Silver

Body Material: Aircraft Grade Duralumin

Dimensions: 214(W) x 243(H) x 238(D) (mm)

Weight: 8.11 oz (230 g)

Display: 7inch WXGA(1280 x 800) Touchscreen

Supported Audio Formats: 

WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE(Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF

Sample rate: 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24bits per sample) / DSD Native : DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz) / DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz)

DAC: Cirrus Logic CS4398 x2 (Dual DAC)

Storage: SSD MLC 1TB/2TB/4TB(RAID 0,5)

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: 7.5Vrms(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)


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.





AK500N, The Ultimate MQS Network Audio Player

Perfect Extractor


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.

By taking highly-optimized ripping engine, the AK500N provides users with flawless CD rips through enhanced jitter and error correction support. The highest sound quality is captured with enhanced jitter correction and excellent CD track error detection and correction.

Two speeds (Normal / Fast) are available for CD-ripping, and the tracks can be saved in either WAV or FLAC.

In addition, Album art and music data are automatically imported from Gracenote’s latest music DB, and is the most recognized and accurate source of music DB in the world.


In addition the touch keypad allows the user to enter the CD title, artist, genre, year of release information.



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.



* Ripple Noise : Unwanted "ripples" of direct current (DC) voltage in the alternating current (AC) peaks resulting from the incomplete conversion of AC to DC.

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Advanced Network


The network capability of the AK500N is another attractive feature that cannot be overlooked.

The AK500N connects to PCs as well as NAS servers through its DLNA implementation using LAN, Wi-Fi and is easily controlled with an app on smartphones and tablets. Music on your PC or NAS can be freely streamed and played back without the hassle of having to turn on your PC and connecting a cable and it can output the sound in conjunction with the network speaker. The AK500N can be easily kept up-to-date with OTA (Over-the-Air) firmware updates.

Network Server by DLNA

Tablet Remote Screen

- AK remote control app to be released soon.

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