Astell&Kern Acro CA1000

A macro on Acro – That would be Astell&Kern's new Acro CA1000 [$2'100], a mobile 256GB player which bolts permanently onto a DAP screen a higher-powered headphone amp with up to 15Vrms balanced output and four different headphone sockets. There's an ESS ES9068AS quad DAC to support 32/384 PCM plus native DSD512. 8'400mAH 3.8V Li-Polymer battery power can operate without external supply for up to a claimed 10.5 hours and there's Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band WiFi. A micro SD card slot supports up to 1TB of extra file storage. A big vertical volume wheel adjusts playback levels. The screen can be set from flat to 60° raised and stationistas have 2V RCA outputs, RCA, coax, USB and Toslink inputs to let this deck front a speaker system.