Astell and Kern have just released a new digital audio player –...

Astell and Kern have just released a new digital audio player – the KANN

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Astell & Kern makes some of our favourite portable music players, so we are very excited when the company launches a new one, today’s announcement of the KANN player for $1000 brings along a large set of features that were previously unavailable or reserved for more expensive models.

Astell & Kern is positioning the Kann player as an entirely new design that it hopes will stand out from its slate of earlier AK devices as a ‘complete all-around’ PMP that will work well for a wider range of users.

The KANN is capable, decoding native DSD rates up to 256 (11.2mHz) and it native PCM up to 32/384kHz. Connectivity moves the versatility proposition even further forward with aptX HD, DNLA support, WiFi, digital optical and even high resolution music streaming services like Tidal.

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KANN

General Specifications

Display 4inch WVGA (480 x 800) Touchscreen
Body Material Aluminum
Body Color Astro Silver, Eos Blue
Supported Audio Formats WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE(Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
Input USB Type-C input (for charging & data transfer (PC & MAC))

/ Connection Mode : MTP (Media Device)

Outputs [Phone Out, Line Out] PHONES (3.5mm) / Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported)

[USB Audio] micro USB Connection / PCM: Up to 32bit 384kHz / DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz

Bluetooth V4.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptX HD)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
Weight 9.83 oz (278.7 g)
Dimensions 2.80 inches(71.23 mm) [W] x 4.56 inches(115.8 mm) [H] x 1.01 inches(25.6 mm) [D]
Feature Enhancements Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
Battery Capacity 6,200mAh 3.7V Li-Polymer Battery
Built-in Memory 64GB [NAND]
External Memory microSD (Max. 256GB) x1

SD (Max. 256GB) x1

Supported OS MAC OS X 10.7 and up, Windows XP, Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit)

The KANN player comes in two colors, Eos Blue and Astro Silver and it’s currently available for pre order with a free 256GB SD card as added incentive. Expect units to ship on 1st May.