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Astell & Kern Kann
Portable high-resolution audio player (Eos Blue)
Our take on the Astell & Kern Kann by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
One powerful portable
I spent some time with Astell & Kern's new portable high-res player, the Kann. Its beveled edges felt great in my hand, and the player had a nice heft to it. Most important, though, was the way music sounded through it. On that score, the Kann delivered beautifully — especially with high-resolution tracks.
Exceptional sound quality
The Kann features a high-performance DAC capable of decoding high-res PCM-based files up to 32-bit/384kHz. It'll also play any DSD files you send its way. You can play high-resolution downloads from sites like HDtracks or TIDAL on the Kann without any down conversion. The Kann even helps lossy MP3s sound their best.
Its high signal-to-noise ratio and low distortion let subtle details come through. High-fidelity, low-impedance output gives your headphones more power than most portable music players, for optimal performance. There's even a high-gain switch for use with demanding headphones.
Touchscreen and simple controls
The player's color touchscreen is simple to navigate. It displays artist and title info as well as album artwork. The Kann features a side-mounted analog volume control, allowing fine, nuanced adjustments.
The Kann has a 64GB internal memory, which you can easily supplement. The player features an SD card slot for cards up to 512GB, plus a microSD card slot for cards up to 256GB. It's possible to hold up to 832GB of music files in your hand.
- digital music player — plays MP3, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AAC, AIFF, and WMA files
- native playback for DSD files (up to DSD256, or 11.2MHz)
- 32-bit/384kHz DAC for bit-perfect playback of high-resolution audio files
- built-in headphone amp with normal/high-gain switch for driving even the most demanding headphones
- USB input allows for use as an external digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with a computer
- 64GB internal flash memory
- SD card slot for cards up to 512GB
- microSD card slot for cards up to 256GB
- 4" color touchscreen
- analog volume wheel provides fine level adjustments
- 3.5mm unbalanced headphone/optical output for connection to headphones, receiver/amp, or an external DAC
- 2.5mm balanced, 4-pole output for connection to compatible headphones
- Bluetooth® with aptX audio coding for high-fidelity streaming to compatible headphones and speakers
- built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 15 hours of playback
- high-speed USB interface (cable included) for drag-and-drop file transfer and battery charging
- USB output
- extruded aluminum body
- 2-13/16"W x 4-5/8"H x 1"D
- weight: 0.61 lbs.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Why did you buy this?
sound quality [ David Jun 20, 2017 ]
Reviews seem very positive with regards to this device. [ Colin Jun 09, 2017 ]