Astell&Kern is the ultimate Hi-Fi audio system
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.
Original music performances recently have been captured in digital almost exactly as they were performed due to new and advanced recording technologies currently available. These great-sounding recordings are mainly listened to in inferior sound formats, such as MP3 or streaming services. With the debut of the MP3 format, music lovers scarified the quality of the sound for the convenience of being able to carry their music collection wherever they went. Because MP3 heavily compresses the original file for the sake of convenience, you only hear inferior vocals and instruments, and the full soundstage and ambience from the original recordings is missing. The movement of the original performance often disappears when listening to compressed MP3 music. After agonizing over these issues, Astell&Kern was our solution to the poor quality of musical sound for the sake of portability, and our way to ultimately bring back the original sound quality of the music, MQS, back to music artists, recording engineers and professionals.
Astell&Kern pursuit is to provide the natural and original sound without distortion. It offers almost the exact presence with tiny details you wouldn’t have noticed from other music systems by playing back high-resolution music bit for bit, exactly as it was recorded. The exact sound without missing any bit of the live performance in recordings is what Astell&Kern is known for.
The power of true sound from Astell&Kern has been experienced and also from famous audio exhibitions around the world. Astell&Kern is now admired by music lovers from many countries, including USA, China, Japan, UK, France, and many more around the world.
KANN is here to lead the portable hi-res audio industry to a new level.
A&K’s experience with technology and portable devices makes it possible for KANN to offer dynamic power and performance. KANN is the complete all-around portable hi-res digital music player with powerful output and studio quality sound.
KANN provides a new power standard for on-the-go music performance. Combining a high-quality audio player and a high-performance amplifier, KANN draws on the technological expertise of A&K.
Truly powerful & high-quality output
Astell&Kern has introduced a new product design that cleverly incorporates a high-performance amplifier into a player for a perfect merger of two independent devices. Supporting the output of 7 Vrms when connected via high-gain balanced output, the KANN not only drives high-impedance headphones without an additional amplifier, but also reliably reproduces high-quality sound with low-impedance speakers.
Output optimized to user's listening environment
KANN, the first Astell&Kern product to be equipped with a line-out circuit designed to set the output values in 4 levels, depending on the user's listening preference. This feature is a significant step up from previous products which did not provide output/volume control. With the selectable output function, you can fine-tune your sound to suit a home system, car audio or any other listening environment.
KANN also supports Astell&Kern's 2.5mm 4-pole balanced outputs (2 Vrms). Unlike the unbalanced type, balanced output removes noise (common mode noise) from "signal + inverting amplifier signal" and has the strength to increase output with its double transmitting signals.
Scalability using USB Audio
To increase flexibility of use, you can connect additional USB Audio to KANN via the micro USB port. KANN allows output conversion according to the specifications of the external USB Audio that supports DoP (DSD over PCM) or PCM, and provides continuous music playback with charging via the USB Type-C port while connected to the external USB Audio.
* USB audio (Digital Out) output is available only when digital input is possible through USB. * DoP (DSD over PCM): This is a standard method for transferring DSD data to USB interface. This standard sends DSD data by mounting them onto PCM data frames. * To link KANN with an external USB Audio, an OTG cable (not included) is required. * The separately purchased cable connecting the OTG cable to an external USB Audio must be appropriate for the specification of the USB Audio.
Dual memory card slots & Fast charging
KANN has an internal memory of 64GB, but this can be easily and flexibly boosted via the unit's dual memory card slots. KANN supports both standard SD cards and micro SD cards, so users can select their preferred memory type. The memory is expandable up to 1,088GB to easily handle larger audio files.
* Memory cards other than validated products such as Sandisk or Samsung may not be compatible with this product.
Enjoy up to 6.5 hours of your favorite music with a single 1 hour charge through the fast charger. There is no fear of a dead battery when on a long journey as the 6,200mA large capacity battery offers 15 hours of continuous playback.
* The maximum 15-hour continuous play is based on 16-bit/44 kHz, FLAC file format, screen off, 50% of volume, and Normal playback.
* Fast charger (9V/1.67A) and general Charger (5V/2A) are not included in the package.
|Astell&Kern A&norma SR15 Portable High Resolution Portable Music Player||Astell&Kern KANN Portable High Resolution Portable Music Player||Astell&Kern A&futura SE100 Portable High Resolution Portable Music Player||Astell&Kern A&ultima SP1000M Portable High Resolution Portable Music Player||Astell&Kern A&ultima SP1000 Portable High Resolution Portable Music Player|
|Colors/Editions||Dark Gray||Astro Silver, Eos Blue||Titan Silver||Lapis Blue, Onyx Black, Royal Gold||Stainless Steel, Copper, Onyx Black|
|Body Material||Aluminum||Aluminum||Aluminum||Aluminum, Gold-Plated Brass||Stainless Steel, Copper|
|Display Touchscreen||3.3 inches||4 inches||5 inches, HD||4.1 inches, HD||5 inches, HD|
|DAC Chips||1 x Cirrus Logic CS43198||1 x AKM AK4490||1 x ESS SABRE ES9038PRO, 8-Channel||2 x AKM AK4497EQ||2 x AKM AK4497EQ|
|Playback||Up to 24bit/192kHz; Native DSD64; DSD128 & DSD256 to PCM||Up to 32bit/384kHz; Native DSD||Up to 32bit/384kHz; Native DSD||Up to 32bit/384kHz; Native DSD||Up to 32bit/384kHz; Native DSD|
|Playback Time (Up to)||11 Hours||15 Hours||11 Hours||10.5 Hours||12 Hours|
|Internal Memory||64GB||64GB||128GB||Blue/Black: 128GB, Gold: 256GB||256GB|
|External Memory||1 x microSD Card||1 x microSD Card; 1 x SD Card||1 x microSD Card||1 x microSD Card||1 x microSD Card|
|Wi-Fi & Bluetooth||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Product dimensions||1x2.8x4.6 inches|
|Item weight||9.8 ounces|
|Shipping weight||1.4 pounds|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||3PPM417C-CMLAN1|
|Batteries||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required.|
|Date first listed on amazon||April 9, 2017|
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