Astell & Kern has a legendary reputation in the audio world for their ultra-premium DAPs and several IEM releases too. However, the company has now set their sights on other markets with the release of the new ACRO BE100 Bluetooth speaker. The company targetted a room-filling, hi-fi calibre stereo sound in a compact form factor. It boasts a dedicated 320bit DAC and supports the latest 24-bit hi-res quality wireless streaming codecs.
In order to realise this, the speaker implements a custom 4″ kevlar woofer and dual stereo 1.5″ silk dome tweeters. An onboard Class-D amplifier with 55W of power drives this setup. Adjustable bass and treble allows for room compensation and tuning to listener preference. DRC (dynamic range control) prevents clipping and protects the speakers at maximum output. They’ve also added a 50ps clock to minimise jitter over a BT connection.
As the company is known for, the ACRO sports a stylish, premium design that sports a unique play on light and shadow similar to their DAPs. The speaker sports a wood cabinet with a premium faux leather wrap and metal grill mesh upfront. It is available in both white and black to suit a variety of setups.
The ACRO BE100 just launched for $549 AUD/$629 NZD. It will be available from late November exclusively via BusiSoftAV and its dealers.