ACRO CA1000T is an all-in-one Head-Fi audio system created for those who want to enjoy the best sound wherever they are.
ACRO CA1000T is a multifunctional device that can play ultra-high quality sound sources and provide diverse input/output options for the perfect desktop companion. Complete with a powerful headphone amplifier and Astell&Kern’s proprietary TERATON ALPHA technology making it a versatile option for the home or office. It offers ultra-high quality sound anywhere using optimal battery power, with no need for a mains power supply connection.
Complete the Head-Fi audio system of your dreams using just an ACRO CA1000T to provide true Astell&Kern sound thanks to its dual-tube applied Triple Amp System, 4-levels of gain that can operate the most detailed IEMs and hard to drive headphones, and ESS Technology’s flagship ES9039MPRO Dual-DAC.
- Equipped with a ES9039MPRO Dual-DAC for the first time ever
- Perfectly drive any headphone/IEM with 4 levels of gain and up to 15Vrms output
- Triple Amp System with a dual-vacuum tube for Hybrid sound options
- Multiple inputs and outputs provide maximum options and compatibility
- Built-in battery for portability and optimum power delivery
Convenient, High-Quality Head-Fi Sound
The ACRO CA1000T goes beyond the limitations of a fixed headphone amp with its ideal Head-Fi audio system that can be setup anywhere you want and can run independently from its internal battery supply.
The ACRO CA1000T offers detailed headphone sound thanks to its built-in high-power headphone amp that does not require a connection to other devices.
It's an all-in-one Head-Fi audio system that provides great connectivity with external audio devices and speakers thanks to its diverse range of input/output ports, allowing you to easily enjoy network audio playback and music streaming.
Extensive Input/Output Options
The ACRO CA1000T offers an extensive range of input/output options that can meet the needs of audiophiles looking to build their ideal
Head-Fi system with maximum utility.
For greater ease of use, you can change the input/output settings using the touch screen on top of the product while multiple cables and
devices are connected.
1. 3.5mm, 6.35mm Unbalanced, 2.5mm 4.4mm Balanced Output
The output port located on the front side of the product is compatible with a range of sizes so that various headphones and IEMs can be connected, including both low-impedance and high-impedance varieties. The 3.5mm port may also be used as an optical output.
Enjoy the powerful output and dual-tube sound with any device of your choice.
2. Mini XLR, RCA Output
Balanced Mini XLR and Unbalanced RCA output with circuits that minimize noise and distortion offers the best sound to the amp and external audio devices through lineout, so that it can effortlessly support active speakers as well as a desktop Head-Fi sound environment.
3. 4.4mm, Coaxial, Optical Input
ACRO CA1000T can receive signals from various external devices via its coaxial and optical digital inputs as well as a 4.4mm analog input, so that users can build their perfect audio system. Receive digital and analog signals from an external DAC, interface, and external source devices and use them with the convenient integrated CA1000T system.
4. USB Input, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
ACRO CA1000T supports Type-C USB DAC functionality. Enjoy perfect sound from both Mac and Windows PCs, as the CA1000T can play ultra-high quality sound sources.
In addition to this, it supports network play such as AK Connect and Roon Ready, as well as various streaming apps through high-quality Bluetooth and Dual-Band Wi-Fi, completing a perfect all-in-one Head-Fi audio system for audiophiles.
4-levels of gain and up to 15Vrms output for the Perfect Head-Fi Setup
To run the most detailed IEMs and most demanding headphones perfectly, an output that matches the characteristic of the receiving device is required. The ACRO CA1000T supports 4 gain level settings so that almost any headphones can be driven to an optimal state.
The 4-levels of gain setting can create the ideal output for a device’s characteristics and sound, allowing users to fine tune and dial in their desired volume output. And with up to 15 Vrms output, it can run high-impedance headphones with ease.
The output ports' electrical capacity has been raised to add stability when operating devices with different impedances at the gain level setting, and the separate balanced and unbalanced volume controllers optimize electricity flow and reduce noise for the best sound.
With the ACRO CA1000T, you can enjoy optimal device performance and pure sound that touches your heart.
Full Balanced Circuit with Dual-Tube
The ACRO CA1000T has dual Twin Triode KORG Nutube tubes, which were implemented for the first time in our award winning SP2000T, offering advanced tube sounds.
When a product is equipped with a Dual DAC, and one vacuum tube there must be a separate circuit to convert the signal to Balanced right before the output terminal. This structure requires a process to convert an unbalanced signal to a balanced signal, during which, noise gets amplified in the process.
The CA1000T, however, offers a complete balanced circuit that separates left and right channels with two vacuum tubes, creating even more natural and softer sounds.
Both Tube AMP mode and OPAMP provide a powerful 15 Vrms output, and the headphone ports allow you to enjoy the unique sounds of vacuum tubes without any limitation.
TRIPLE AMP SYSTEM is the Next Generation of AMP Technology
The ACRO CA1000T exceeds the standard approach to AMP Mode selection, based on the type of music you are listening to.
Select between TUBE AMP mode, OP AMP mode, or the brand-new HYBRID AMP mode.
OP AMP mode puts Astell&Kern's AMP technology expertise to use, delivering extreme clarity and dynamic sound,
while TUBE AMP mode provides a uniquely warm and musical sound.
HYBRID AMP mode - a first for digital audio players - enhances the resolution and clarity of the existing TUBE AMP mode to express more musical detail.
HYBRID AMP mode, combines the advantages of retro analog performance and high-resolution output, giving you the pleasure of a brand new tonal characteristic.
Experience the unique sound enhancements that this AMP technology has to offer.
Custom design to minimize microphonic noise
A special custom design minimizes microphonic noise that may be caused by external shocks and vibrations.
To address the structural issue of vacuum tubes, where microphonic noise is created even by the smallest shocks or vibrations, we repeatedly developed new designs and conducted thorough reviews and testing during prototyping.
Both sides of the vacuum tube are fixed with flexible silicon covers to minimize shocks and a magnetic force is used to physically separate it from the PCB, offering greater stability and isolation when the tube is operational.
Astell&Kern is committed to designing these small elements and aspects that create the unrivaled differences between our products and the sound of competitors.
Speaker effect when listening through headphones
In a headphone environment in which the left and right channels are clearly separated, ear fatigue may increase during prolonged listening. The moment you turn on Crossfeed, the experience of crisp, but comfortable sound begins.
Crossfeed mixes parts of the original signal from one channel and sends that signal to the opposite channel with a time difference to center the sound image.
Through the use of detailed settings such as Shelf Cutoff, Shelf Gain, and Mixer Level,
you can set the level of crossfeed according to your listening preferences.
Optimized device care with USB-PD 2.0 charging and
battery protection mode
The ACRO CA1000T supports USB-PD 2.0 charging with 9V/3A and provides 11 hours of continuous playback when fully charged.
Due to the long-term connection to the power supply while connected to various audio devices, long-term charging can shorten battery life.
The ACRO CA1000T has a battery protection mode feature that helps extend battery life.
When battery protection mode is enabled, the battery is charged up to 85%, and then the charge stops. If the battery drops below 80%, the battery will start charging again and charge up to 85%.
Enjoy the ACRO CA1000T's powerful sound while being optimized for longer with the ACRO CA1000T's battery protection mode.
4.1 inch 720 x 1280 touch screen
Supported Audio Formats
WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
PCM : 8kHz ~ 768kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample)
DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), DSD512(1bit, 22.4MHz) Stereo
Output Level (Headphone Out)
[Low] Unbalanced 2Vrms / Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load),
[Mid] Unbalanced 4Vrms / Balanced 8Vrms (Condition No Load),
[High] Unbalanced 6Vrms / Balanced 12Vrms (Condition No Load),
[Super] Unbalanced 8Vrms / Balanced 15Vrms (Condition No Load)
Output Level (RCA Out)
2Vrms (Condition No Load)
Output Level (XLR Out)
4Vrms (Condition No Load)
Recommended headphone impedance
32 ohm – 600 ohm
ESS ES9039MPRO x2 (Dual-DAC)
KORG Nutube 6P1 x2
Support up to 32bit / 768kHz Bit to Bit playback
Unbalanced (3.5mm, 6.35mm) / Balanced (2.5mm, 4.4mm)
XLR (Stereo pair) x1, RCA (Stereo pair) x1
Coaxial x1, Optical x1, USB(Type-C) x1
Optical(3.5mm) x1, USB(Type-C) x1
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, LDAC)
4.12"(104.9mm)[W] x 1.77"(45mm)[H] x 6.13"(155.8mm)[D]
about 34.56oz (980g)
Firmware upgrade supported (OTA)
0℃ ~ + 40℃ (32℉~ 104℉)
microSD x1 (Max. 1TB)
- Built-in Memory
10,100mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer
about 5hours (9V / 3A PD2.0 Fast Charging)
about 11hours (Standard : FLAC, 16bit, 44.1kHz, Unbalanced, Vol.40, LCD Off, OP AMP, Low Gain)
Windows 10, 11(32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up
- Supported OS