New Gear from Astell&Kern
I listened to a track from a Samsung phone, played through the AK10 and a beautiful set of Final Audio Pandora Hope headphones ($699). I wasn’t familiar with the song, but the headphones rested lightly and comfortably over my ears and the sound of the music was clean and well-balanced.
Astell&Kern also introduced their first loudspeaker, the two-way Castor. It uses Accuton drivers (a diamond-dome tweeter and a ceramic-cone mid-woofer) housed within a cabinet that combines aluminum alloy with six layers of carbon fiber. The speaker will be available later this year, at a price somewhere around $30,000/pair.