About Astell&Kern

Astell&Kern is the ultimate digital music source that brings you Mastering Quality Sound or MQS.

Astell means ‘Stars’ in Latin and Kern means ‘Center’ in German. We believe Astell&Kern is the center of music

Today, original music performances can be captured in digital almost exactly as they were performed due to new, advanced recording technology currently available. However, these high quality recordings are mainly listened to through inferior sound formats, such as MP3 or through streaming services.

The soundstage and the ambience of the original performance often disappears when listening to compressed MP3 music.

After pondering these issues, Astell&Kern was our solution to poor sound quality for the sake of portability, and our way in reviving the original sound quality of music, MQS, for music artists, recording engineers, and professionals. The soundstage and the ambience of the original performance often disappears when listening to compressed MP3 music.

24-bit, 192kHz high-resolution audio is considered studio quality and is also referred to as: Mastering Quality Sound (MQS).

After pondering these issues, Astell&Kern was our solution to poor sound quality for the sake of portability, and our way in reviving the original sound quality of music, MQS, for music artists, recording engineers, and professionals.The soundstage and the ambience of the original performance often disappears when listening to compressed MP3 music.

MQS
MQS Diagram

What does 24-bit and 192kHz mean?

192kHz

Hertz (Hz) refers to the number of times the sound wave gets measured per second. Files with 192kHz are measured 192,000 times per second. Within the digital audio source, 192,000 points per second represents the number of points connected as one line associated to the signal. This is referred to as the sampling rate.

24-bit

24-bit is each of the 192,000 signals that contain the binary code recorded exponentially. 224 is expressed as the number 2 multiplied by itself a total of 24 times, which is then referred to as the bit rate.

192kHz 192,000 bits of data per second
44.1kHz 44,100 bits of data per second
32kHz 32,000 bits of data per second
24-bit = 224 = 16,777,216 (MQS & DVD Format)
16-bit = 216 = 65,535 (CD Format)
8-bit = 28 = 56

Sampling rate is the association between resolution and how much information is contained within the music. Bit rate pertains to the dynamic range of a song and clearly expresses the change in pitch and strength of a note.

The higher the sampling and bit rates, the closer you will hear the original sound as it was intended.

When comparing the frequency analysis of MP3 files and CDs(10kHz bandwidth), the differences in noise frequency are evident. When CDs and 24-bit files are compared under the same conditions, the difference in noise is close to zero.

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