Editor’s note: There are many headphones these days, but just as many vendors offering similar features and even looks. However, the Astell & Kern UW100 can stand out on the job, with good precision audio thanks to its adoption of passive noise isolation (PNI) rather than the commonly used active noise cancellation (ANC). If you’re a purist, then the AK UW100 features that extra style. The seller’s statement is below.
Astell&Kern’s first AK UW100 true wireless headphones are ready for immersive premium hi-fi sound, now available in Singapore
SINGAPORE, @mcgallen #microwireinfo, April 5, 2022 – Astell&Kern, the world leader in high-end Hi-Res Audio devices, introduces its first set of true wireless headphones, the AK UW100. True to the company’s philosophy of delivering sound reproduction that is as close to the original as possible, these headphones draw on Astell&Kern’s audio technology expertise to deliver truly wireless hi-fi quality sound. .
The AK UW100’s superior sonic credentials are backed by a dedicated high-performance 32-bit DAC, support for the latest high-quality aptX™ Adaptive and Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connectivity options, and ultra-light Knowles Balanced Armature drivers. detailed.
In many true wireless headphones, the DAC (digital-to-analog converter) is built into the Bluetooth chipset, with its fundamental physical limitations focusing on lower power consumption rather than improved sound quality. With its separate, dedicated 32-bit AK4332 high-performance DAC, working in tandem with Astell & Kern’s proprietary AMP technology used in its award-winning DAPs (digital audio players), the AK UW100 is engineered for clearer, more accurate sound. and dynamic. performance.
Typically used in higher-end IEMs, the AK UW100 features Knowles Balanced Armature drivers, chosen from the most common dynamic driver types for their ultra-detailed performance, to deliver realistic, distortion-free sound in all the genres of music.
Latest wireless technology
To achieve the AK UW100’s industry-leading wireless performance, the next-generation, high-quality aptX™ adaptive codec is supported, expertly adjusting the bitrate to suit the wireless environment it is operating in. to reduce latency issues (it supports up to 24-bit audio at 420kbps bitrate). Support for the latest Bluetooth 5.2 provides greater range and a more stable wireless connection when streaming from a compatible device such as an Astell & Kern portable digital audio player, smartphone, tablet or laptop. laptop.
Additionally, anyone using a smartphone running Qualcomm True Wireless Stereo Plus will benefit from a more robust connection between the two headphones and the compatible device, seamless pairing between the two headphones, and reduced power consumption.
Best-in-class passive sound insulation
With an ergonomic and lightweight earphone design developed through countless simulations, the AK UW100 offers the best passive noise isolation (PNI) to enable a truly immersive experience when listening to music in noisy environments. Unlike generic active noise cancellation which focuses on blocking out low frequency noise, PNI effectively minimizes unwanted ambient noise in the mid and high ranges.
If the user wishes to hear outside sounds, a simple tap on the left earbud will activate Ambient Mode, with the ability to easily switch between the four ambient levels using the earbud’s touch controls or via the app .
Intuitive touch controls
For easy on-the-go control, the AK UW100 sports responsive touch controls for commands such as play, pause, track skip, volume adjustment, ambient mode activation, call answering and voicemail. activation of the voice assistant from a compatible device. A proprietary iOS and Android app also allows users to customize touch controls, ambient levels, and various EQ settings.
Music for 24 hours
With the headphones offering six hours of battery life and an additional 18 hours via the case (24 hours total), users can enjoy music all day long. With the convenience of wireless charging supported, the AK UW100 charging case also offers fast charging, with a 10-minute charge providing an hour of playtime.
Crystal clear voice calls
A dual-microphone setup incorporates a Voice Communications Package (VCP) from voice application specialist Alango, to deliver crystal-clear voice call quality. Based on special Acoustic Echo-Canceller and Noise-Suppressor technologies, these wireless headphones effectively reduce noise in a variety of settings and environments, always ensuring call stability.
Sporting an almost deco angular pattern with a pentagon shape to fit perfectly on the ear, the AK UW100 continues Astell & Kern’s signature and recognizable “shadow and light” design language. Along with the charging case, the AK UW100 comes with a choice of five silicone earbuds in different sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL) and a USB-C charging cable.
- Speaker Type: Knowles Balanced Armature
- DAC: AKM AK4332ECB
- Bluetooth version: 5.2
- Bluetooth codec: SBC, AAC, adaptive aptX™
- Bluetooth profile: HFP, A2DP, AVRCP
- Sound pressure level (SPL): 94dB (1m@1kHz)
- Headphone control: capacitive touch
- Sensor: proximity sensor
- Microphone: 2 mics/per headset
- Playing time: approx. 6h (Total 24h)
- USB: Type C for charging
- Wireless charging: Yes (third-party wireless charging accessory required)
- APP control: Android and iOS version
- Firmware Upgrade: OTA (Over-The-Air)
- Headphone weight: approx. 7g
- Charging case: approx. 65g
Price and availability:
The Astell & Kern UW100 true wireless headphones will be available in Singapore immediately at a retail price of S$399 (including GST) and can be found exclusively at AV One. Please visit https://av1group.com.sg or visit AV One stores at The Adelphi (#01-10) and The Millenia Walk (#01-35) for details.
Astell&Kern is the ultimate digital music source that gives you mastered quality sound or MQS. Astell means “stars” in Latin and Kern means “center” in German. Founded in October 2013, Astell&Kern is a South Korean consumer electronics company that manufactures media players, CD players, headphones and home theater products. Astell&Kern’s goal is to provide natural, original sound without distortion. The power of real Astell&Kern sound can now be experienced and has been part of many famous audio exhibitions around the world. Astell&Kern is now admired by music lovers in many countries including USA, China, Japan, UK, France and many more around the world.