The £3k Audio Player You Didn't Know You Wanted

The high-res audio player that costs the same as a car

Now that the majority of us listen to the majority of our music the same way (Spotify on iPhone, via any headphones except Apple own-brand) it’s hard to stand out from the crowd. Unless of course, you have one of these. Encased in a solid 1.7KG block of copper, hand-finished and completed using a four-stage process that prevents oxidization, the new edition of Astell & Kern’s AK380 flagship digital music player is limited to 500 units and costs £3,299. It plays high-res audio – ie: so-called ‘lossless’ files, better than CD quality – and due to copper’s superior electrical conductivity, boasts a sound signature all of its own. Nice, right?

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Obviously you could buy a reasonable secondhand car for the same amount of money, but would your music sound as good in one of those? No – no, it would not.

Available now; £3,299; www.astellnkern.com

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