Astell&Kern A&Ultima SP3000 Digital Audio Player - Official Discussion Thread

This is the thread to discuss the newly announced Astell&Kern flagship DAP, the Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000.

It’s been 3 years since the SP2000 was released and from the sounds of it, the SP3000 has the snappiest UI yet from A&K.

From Astell&Kern

  • World’s first use of Stainless Steel 904L for DAP body material
  • World’s first DAP with complete separation of digital and analog signal processing
    (Using latest Flagship DAC chip AK4499EX from Asahi Kasei)
  • Stunning Audio Performance with Independent Dual Audio Circuitry
  • Equipped with High-Performance Qualcomm Snapdragon 6125 Octa-Core CPU
  • New Experience in the Graphic User Interface
  • Support for aptX™-HD and LDAC

Written Reviews


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I might be alone in this … but I find this even more disappointing, and further off the mark, than the Cayin N8ii vs. their original N8.

No doubt it’s an excellent unit … but as an upgrade from an SP2000? Bleh.

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I preordered the silver version today.