Having distracted for a while from the reference portable players-DACs, Astell & Kern decided to try themselves in the class of Bluetooth speakers with the ACRO BE100 model. The design of the speaker is the familiar surface of the case covered with leather and the characteristic corner “hall” on the perforated grill. There are two colors: black and white.
The signal to the built-in DSP is provided by a 32-bit DAC, supplemented by a Bluetooth 5.0 module with support for 24-bit codecs, among which it is worth noting aptX HD (48 kHz) and LDAC (96 kHz). The onboard DAC is supplemented with a 50ps clock generator, which, according to A&K, minimizes jitter. There is also an analog input – AUX 3.5.
Under the grill there is an almost triphonic of two 1.5-inch silk dome tweeters and a woofer with a Kevlar cone. They are served by three economical D-class amplifiers. The total power can reach 55 W, and the declared frequency range was 50–20,000 Hz. The DRC dynamic range control will protect your speakers if it gets too loud.
An encoder with a ribbed surface is designed to control the speaker. An indication is placed around it – it shows the operating mode and volume level. In addition, the bass and treble tone can be adjusted in five levels. The appearance of new items on sale is scheduled for early December.
In the UK, the cost of the Astell & Kern ACRO BE100 Bluetooth speaker will be £ 450.