Man at His Best

The SGD6,000 audio player you didn't know you wanted

The high-res audio player that costs the same as a trip to Europe

BY Johnny Davis | Jan 26, 2016 | Technology

Photographs from Esquire UK

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 SGD6,100*.

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?

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; *Denotes translated price.

First published in Esquire UK