A new standard for listening to music was proposed while developing the AK100
Astell&Kern recognized that certain aspects of the AK100 needed improvement during research and development for a successor.
While considering how to improve the AK100, Astell&Kern realized that there was a difference between measured audio specifications and what they felt sounded good. After much deliberation, their development efforts were focused on making the AK100 2nd Generation “feel” right to their senses rather than mechanically boosting technical specs. The original AK100 was developed according to audio specification standards, but development of the next-generation AK100 was developed to the “New Standard” of how the music sounds.