Astell&Kern KANN Portable High Definition Sound System (Astro Silver)

Astell&Kern KANN Portable High-Definition Sound System (Astro Silver) with CD Ripper MKII Kit

Astell&Kern KANN Portable High-Definition Sound System (Astro Silver) with CD Ripper MKII Kit


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Astell&Kern KANN Portable High-Definition Sound System (Astro Silver) with CD Ripper MKII Kit Astell&Kern KANN Portable High Definition Sound System (Astro Silver) Astell&Kern CD Ripper MKII for Astell&Kern Music Players

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  • Built-In Powerful Analog Amplifier
  • Up to 32-Bit/384 kHz Resolution Playback
  • Up to DSD256 (1-Bit/11.2 MHz)
  • Rip Audio CDs Directly to the SE100
  • File Metadata Provided by Gracenote
  • Wireless Streaming and USB Audio DAC
  • Headphone and Line Output
  • 4.0" WVGA Full Touchscreen
  • 64GB Internal Flash Memory
  • 256GB microSD & 512GB SD Card Slots
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Color: Astro Silver

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Astell&Kern KANN overview

  • 1Description

This B&H Kit includes the Astell&Kern KANN Portable High Definition Sound System and the CD Ripper MKII. The KANN is designed to deliver hi-res audio playback that's distortion-free and without data loss. It features support for files up to 32-bit/384 kHz and has native DSD playback support (up to DSD256). A built-in line-out circuit can set the output values in four levels, fine-tuning your sound to a variety of listening scenarios.

This kind of quality sound output requires some quality audio input. The Astell&Kern CD Ripper MKII takes on the chore of transforming your old school CD collection into digital files with the touch of a button. The aluminum-framed device features a triangular support damper, which uses a spring structure to help mitigate any vibrations and rip your tracks error-free. The CD Ripper can rip into WAV or FLAC at three different speeds, and utilizes Gracenote servers to fill in all of your metadata.

  • Astell&Kern KANN Portable High Definition Sound System (Astro Silver)

    The astro silver KANN Portable High-Definition Portable Sound System from Astell&Kern is a pocket-sized audio system capable of ultra-high-resolution audio playback. The device delivers distortion-free sound without data loss by operating at 32-bit/384 kHz, as well as native DSD playback up to DSD256 (1-bit/11.2 MHz).

    KANN utilizes an integrated single-channel KM AK4490 DAC and balanced output to provide exceptional sonic quality and detail. It can also be used as an external DAC when connected to a PC via USB. The built-in high-powered amplifier can not only drive high-impedance headphones, but can also reliably reproduce high-quality sound with low-impedance speakers. Additionally, the unit is equipped with a line-out circuit designed to set the output values in four levels, depending on the users listening preference. With the selectable output function, you can fine-tune your sound to suit a home system, car audio, or any other listening environment.

    The 4.0" touchscreen provides smartphone-style control over playback, while the brushed aluminum body and volume wheel provide a smooth analog feel. The built-in battery recharges via USB 3.0 and lasts for up to 15 hours of playback. Additionally, the unit offers a "fast charger" function, which provides up to 6.5 hours of playback time with a single hour charge. The KANN ships with a USB Type-C cable, two SD card slot covers, two microSD card slot covers, and two protective films to protect the front screen.

    Powerful, High-Quality Output
    • Astell&Kern has introduced a new product design that cleverly incorporates a high-performance amplifier into a player for an ideal merger of two independent devices
    • Supporting 7 Vrms output 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
      • Normal
        • Unbalance 2 Vrms
        • Balance 2 Vrms (Condition No Load)
      • High
        • Unbalance 4 Vrms
        • Balance 7 Vrms (Condition No Load)
    Output Optimized to User's Listening Environment
    • KANN is equipped with a line-out circuit designed to set the output values in 4 levels, depending on the user's listening preference
    • 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), and 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
    High Resolution Playback
    • KANN is capable of bit-to-bit playback up to 32-bit 384 kHz and native DSD playback up to 11.2 MHz, delivering detailed, distortion-free sound just as the artist intended
    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 per the specifications of the external USB Audio that supports DoP (DSD over PCM) or PCM, and provides continuous music playback with charging via the Type-C USB 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 for transferring DSD data to USB interface; it sends DSD data by mounting them onto PCM data frames
      • To link KANN with an external USB Audio, an OTG cable (purchased separately) 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
    High Quality Sound from Audio Files Stored on a PC
    • Supporting the bit-to-bit playback up to 32-bit 384 kHz when connected to the PC for use as a USB DAC, the KANN produces richer sounds with superior spatial effects and resolution that go far beyond the limits of any PC sound card
      • The KANN supports up to 32-bit 384 kHz with specs of USB Audio Class 2.0
      • 64/128/256 MHz DSD formats can be played back with the USB DAC driver installed
    Wireless Network Connections
    • KANN supports wireless networking DLNA (Ver. 1.0), which makes it easy to work with PC/NAS on the same AP network and through the AK Connect app supporting smartphone/tablet computer interfaces.
      • DMP (Digital Media Player): Finds a list of content on a media server for selection and playback
      • DMC (Digital Media Controller): Finds a list of content on a media server and establishes a connection to a playback-capable device (renderer) – by default, a DMC establishes a connection between a media server and media renderer and controls content playback-related operations
      • DMS (Digital Media Server = Network Server): Stores the media content to be shared – when connected to a network, the DMS transmits/distributes the media content for other devices to stream or download
      • DMR (Digital Media Renderer = Network Player): Connects to a media server via media controller for content playback
    Dual Memory Card Slots
    • KANN has an internal memory of 64GB, but this can be easily and flexibly boosted via the unit's dual memory card slots for a total of 832 GB
    • KANN supports both standard SD cards and microSD cards, so users can select their preferred memory type; the memory is expandable up to 768GB to easily handle larger audio files
      • Built-in Memory (64 GB)
      • SD (Max. 512GB)
      • microSD (Max. 256GB)
    Fast Charging
    • 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 6,200mAh 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
    Design Concept
    • During assembly, the parts are slid into the aluminum extruded body, and the unique, no-joint design delivers a durable yet sleek appearance
    • The innovative volume wheel makes one-hand control easy – by positioning the main control buttons to the bottom of the front panel, convenient music search and quick home screen operation are intuitive
    UPC: 821566016218
  • Astell&Kern CD Ripper MKII for Astell&Kern Music Players

    Rip your favorite CDs directly to your player with the CD Ripper MKII from Astell&Kern. The ripper connects to an Astell&Kern player (available separately) via one of the included cables and starts ripping at the touch of a button once the ripping options are set up. The connected Astell&Kern music player will access Gracenote's servers and automatically add the corresponding music information and album cover to the ripped music files.

    The CD Ripper uses a triangular damper support with a spring structure to manage vibrations resulting from CD rotation so you can enjoy error-free ripping. Ripping speed and WAV/FLAC file format can be selected via the settings menu.

    Note: The CD Ripper MKII may not be properly recognized by the player when using a power supply adapter rated at less than 5V 2A.

    Rectangular CD slot
    CD Ripper's body weight limits vibrations
    Three selectable ripping speeds
    Gunmetal finish
    UPC: 821566016454
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Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Astell&Kern KANN Portable High Definition Sound System (Astro Silver)
    Audio Performance
    Frequency Response Phones Output
    ±0.067 dB (Condition: 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz) Unbalance & Balance
    ±0.75 dB (Condition: 20 Hz ~ 70 kHz) Unbalance & Balance
    Line Out
    ±0.07 dB (Condition: 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz) Unbalance & Balance
    ±0.75 dB (Condition: 20 Hz ~ 70 kHz) Unbalance & Balance
    Signal to Noise Ratio Phone Out: 110 dB @ 1 kHz, Unbalance / 109 dB @ 1 kHz, Balance
    Line Out: 116 dB @ 1 kHz, Unbalance / 117 dB @ 1 kHz, Balance
    Crosstalk Phone Out: -108 dB @ 1 kHz, Unbalance / -130 dB @ 1 kHz, Balance
    Line Out: -135 dB @ 1 kHz, Unbalance / -135 dB @ 1 kHz, Balance
    THD + N Phone Out: 0.004% @ 1 kHz, Unbalance / 0.0008% @ 1 kHz, Balance
    Line Out: 0.0008% @ 1 kHz, Unbalance / 0.0007% @ 1 kHz, Balance
    IMD SMPTE Phone Out: 0.0008% 800 Hz 10 kHz (4:1) Unbalance / 0.0008% 800 Hz 10 kHz (4:1) Balance
    Line Out: 0.0006% 800 Hz 10 kHz (4:1) Unbalance / 0.0006% 800 Hz 10 kHz (4:1) Balance
    Output Impedance Phone Out: Phones 3.5 mm (0.65 Ohms) / Balanced out 2.5 mm (1.3 Ohms) Line Out: Phones 3.5 mm (1.9 Ohms) / Balanced out 2.5 mm (5 Ohms)
    General Specifications
    Display 4.0" / 101.6 mm WVGA (480 x 800) Touchscreen
    Supported Audio Formats WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE (Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
    Sample Rate PCM: 8 kHz ~ 384 kHz (8/16/24/32-bits per Sample)
    DSD Native: DSD64 (1-bit 2.8 MHz), Stereo
    DSD128 (1-bit 5.6 MHz), Stereo
    DSD256 (1-bit 11.2 MHz), Stereo
    Output Level Phones Out:
    Normal: Unbalance 2 Vrms / Balance 2 Vrms (Condition No Load)
    High: Unbalance 4 Vrms/ Balance 7 Vrms (Condition No Load)
    Line Out:
    Unbalance 2 Vrms / Balance 2 Vrms (Condition No Load)
    DAC 1 x AKM AK4490 (Single DAC)
    Decoding Support up to 32-bit / 384 kHz (bit-to-bit decoding)
    Input USB Type-C input (for charging & data transfer)
    Connection Mode: MTP (Media Device)
    Outputs Phone Out, Line Out: Phones (3.5 mm) / Balanced Out (2.5 mm, only 4-pole supported) USB Audio: micro USB Connection / PCM: Up to 32-bit 384 kHz / DSD 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz
    Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
    Bluetooth V4.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptX HD)
    Clock Sources Clock Jitter: 30 ps (Typ)
    Reference Clock Jitter: 200 Femtoseconds
    Battery Capacity: 6,200 mAh 3.7 V Li-Polymer Battery
    Memory Built-in Memory: 64 GB NAND
    External Memory:
    1 x microSD (Max 256 GB)
    1 x SD (Max 512 GB)
    Supported Operating System Windows XP, Windows 7,8 (32/64 bit)
    Mac OS X 10.7 and up
    Body Material Aluminum
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.8 x 4.6 x 1.0" / 71.1 x 115.8 x 25.7 mm
    Weight 9.8 oz / 278.7 g
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.2 x 5.2 x 3.2"
  • Astell&Kern CD Ripper MKII for Astell&Kern Music Players
    Compatibility Astell&Kern SP1000, KANN, AK380, AK320, AK300, AK240, AK120 II, AK100II, AK70 MKII & AK70 hi-res music players

    Compatibility is not necessarily limited to the devices listed above.

    Material Aluminum
    Audio Format WAV, FLAC
    Connectors 1 x micro-USB data out
    1 x micro-USB power in
    Dimensions 5.87 x 5.87 x 1.92" / 14.9 x 14.9 x 4.9 cm
    Weight 44.45 oz / 1260 g
    Packaging Infoxqecztdseexwser
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.4 x 7.4 x 3.2"

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