The worldwide luxury audio market is estimated by Futuresource Consulting to be worth over $1 billion, with $400 million of that represented in the U.S. alone. It is, the research firm said, an attractive area for the brands able to claim a foothold.
Presented here are just that, all of which cater to the more discerning consumer (some more discerning than others).
Astell & Kern SE100
Providing eight channels of sound processing — four for each the left and right — the portable music player boasts an updated amplifier design and improved Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR). It can play back up to 32 bit/384kHz PCM audio and Quad DSD natively. Other details include an octa-core CPU, 5-inch touchscreen, 128GB internal storage, aluminum alloy body with volume knob, 10-hour playtime and support for fast charging. It’s currently available for a $1,699 suggested retail.