Astell&Kern Fields its $299 Activo CT10 Player at CanJam NYC
Among the products featured by high-res audio player brand Astell&Kern at CanJam NYC 2019, the consumer headphone and headphone-related products show held Feb. 16 and 17 at the Manhattan Theater District-located Marriott Marquis Hotel, were models that ran the gamut from the $2,999 A&Ultima SP1000M to the $299 ultra-compact, palmable ACTIVO CT10, its first such device under the ACTIVO banner. It is powered by the company’s TERATON sound module.
The ACTIVO CT10 features 16GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot supporting up to a 400GB microSD card. It has a volume knob that gives the listener the option of setting volume that way or by scrolling it up or down on the screen.
It supports high-resolution audio playback up to 24-bit/192 kHz PCM and double-rate DSD (converted to PCM), MQA and Tidal Masters, and the CT10 can play back any high resolution, lossless or lossy audio formats.
Open App service adds support for streaming music apps designed for Android devices, allowing users to install additional music streaming services to their player by copying and installing the corresponding APK file for the music service they wish to add.
A few of the apps that will be available in the initial firmware release include Amazon Music, Pandora, Sound Cloud, Spotify, Tidal and Sirius XM. Apps that support offline mode, including Tidal, Amazon Music and Spotify will allow offline content to be downloaded and stored on the player or external memory.