Astell&Kern deal exclusively in luxurious hi-res audio, and with the launch of the ACRO L1000, they’ve added a gorgeous a 32bit desktop headphone amplifier and DAC to its ranks. Connect to a universal 3.5mm/6.3mm jack, or headphones with a 2.5mm/4-pole XLR balanced jack, there’s USB connectivity for superior streaming from your PC or Mac, and  there’s even a couple of binding-posts so you can plug in a pair of desktop speakers. Hi-res support comes in the shape of two AK4490 DAC chips – the same chips found in the high-end Astell&Kern AK380 players – allowing high-resolution PCM digital audio up to 32bit/384kHz and DSD playback up to 11.2MHz, without conversion. Oh, and it’s beautiful.

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