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Published on October 19th, 2021 | by The GC Team


Astell&Kern’s latest IEM: three types of drivers for “a new hybrid sound”

Astell & Kern, manufacturer of premium portable high-resolution audio devices, has introduce its latest in-ear monitor (IEM), the AK ZERO1, featuring three different types of drivers “to deliver a ground-breaking hybrid sound.”

Composed of a micro planar dynamic driver, dual balanced armature (BA) drivers and a dynamic driver, this unique design combines the sonic characteristics of each driver to deliver natural audio.

Other Astell&Kern AK ZERO1 features and innovations include:

  • Perfectly harmonised driver structure
  • Precision crossover network design
  • Acoustic chamber created using 3D printed technology
  • Precise CNC-machined metal housing
  • Hi-fi-grade pure silver-coated OFC cable included for improved transparency of the audio signal

Astell&Kern is also launching an optional 4.4mm cable. The PEP11 sports larger aluminium-machined 4.4mm plugs and features the same high-purity silver plating and copper cable.

The design features a premium cut reflective metal surface, with the shape of the housing and the slim ear nozzles providing a secure and comfortable fit plus efficient and accurate delivery of sound. Five different-sized pairs of silicone ear tips and one set of foam tips are supplied, along with a protective carry case.

Technical specification includes: MMCX connector; 25Hz-30KHz frequency; 0.7%@ 1KHz total dynamic distortion; 4-core silver/copper cable; 4.4mm plug.

The Astell&Kern AK ZERO1 is priced at £649 and will be available from November.

The Astell&Kern PEP11 is priced at £119 and will be available from November.

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