Astell&Kern AK100 portable media player Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Digital Sources: Apple iPod Classic 160GB, Ayre Acoustics C-5xeMP universal player; Apple 2.7GHz i7 Mac mini running OS10.7, iTunes 10, Pure Music 1.86; Schiit Bifrost, Arcam FMJ D33 D/A converters.
Preamplification: Pass Labs XP-30 line preamplifier.
Headphone amplifier: Ray Samuels Audio Emmeline The Hornet.
Headphones: Sennheiser HD650, Sony MDR-7506, JH Labs JH16 Pro, Ultimate Ears 18 Pro.
Power Amplifiers: Classé CT-M600, Lamm M1.2 Reference, MBL 9007 (all monoblocks).
Loudspeakers: Vandersteen Treo, BBC LS3/5a, Boston Acoustics M350.
Cables: Digital: Kubala-Sosna Elation!, AES/EBU; AudioQuest Coffee, Belkin Gold USB. FireWire: AudioQuest FireWire 400 (prototype); Monster TosLink 3.5mm optical cable. Interconnect (balanced): Kubala-Sosna Elation!, AudioQuest Angel stereo 3.5mm-to-RCA cable. Speaker: Kubala-Sosna Elation!. AC: Kubala-Sosna Elation!, manufacturers' own.
Accessories: Target TT-5 equipment racks; Ayre Acoustics Myrtle Blocks; ASC Tube Traps, RPG Abffusor panels; Shunyata Research Dark Field cable elevators; Audio Power Industries 116 Mk.II & PE-1, APC S-15 AC line conditioners (computers, hard drive). AC power comes from two dedicated 20A circuits, each just 6' from breaker box.—John Atkinson

Astell&Kern, Korea
US distributor: iRiver Inc.
39 Peters Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 336-4540
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