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Astell & Kern

KANN

With a powerful built-in amplifier, the Kann is unusually flexible when it comes to matching headphones. Unlike most portables, it has effortless power to drive almost any headphones

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£899.00

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With a powerful built-in amplifier, the Kann is unusually flexible when it comes to matching headphones. Unlike most portables, it has effortless power to drive almost any headphones


  • Battery Life Up to 15 hours
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • DAC AKM AK4490
  • Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 71 x 26 x 116
  • Dimensions WxHxD (mm) 71 x 116 x 26
  • DLNA Compliant No
  • Flash Memory Capacity 64GB
  • High Resolution Audio Yes
  • Memory Card Supported 512GB Max
  • NFC No
  • Output Balanced and Unbalanced
  • Smartphone control Yes
  • USB Yes
  • Wireless LAN Yes

Native DSD support
Unlike it baby brothers, the Kann features native DSD support (up to DSD256). Originally designed for SACD players, DSD (Direct Stream Digital) encoded music files offer stunning levels of detail and resolution. Processing DSD signals from the source can be tricky, though, which is why lesser models simply convert them to inferior PCM signals. With the Kann, however, Astell and Kern have employed a dedicated chipset, specifically for the purpose. The result is effortless streaming of DSD files with the huge dynamic range, ‘inky’ quiet backdrop and all the subtle detail you’d expect from the format.

Top quality DAC for sonic precision
The Kann shares the DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) that’s also used by the top-of-range models – the superb AK4490. This DAC gives superb resolution, a wide dynamic range and low noise.

Built-in amp – ready for any headphones
With a powerful built-in amplifier, the Kann is unusually flexible when it comes to matching headphones. Unlike most portables, it has effortless power to drive almost any headphones – even ones that you’d usually only use for home use. As a further bonus, it also features a 2.5mm 4-pole balanced output – suitable for the highest quality semi-professional headphones available.

Rugged style
Featuring a fluted, aluminium body, the KANN stands out from the crowd. The ‘no-joint’ design not only looks good but is extremely tough and rigid – making it ideal for a life on the move.

AK Connect app and DLNA
Astell & Kern has further enhanced the Kann via the AK Connect app. Wireless networking DLNA (version 1.0) connects to a NAS or PC, and is easily controlled with a smartphone or tablet through AK Connect. Music files on a PC or NAS can be freely transferred and streamed without the hassle of turning on the computer and physically connecting with a cable. If you're on the same access point (AP) network, music files on a PC or NAS can be played back via DLNA.

Store it all - 64GB internal memory with support for a massive 576GB
With 64GB of internal memory, the KANN can store about 625 tracks (24bit/96kHz, 4 minute-long, 90MB) songs on its flash memory. With the addition of twin 256GB cards, this increases to a massive 576GB – enough for a lifetime’s collection of music.

A Hi-Res player that works just as well at home or on the move – the KANN opens up your music to new levels.

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