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.
|Display||4inch WVGA (480 x 800) Touchscreen|
|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.