Astell&Kern KANN Portable High Definition Sound System (EOS Blue)

Astell&Kern KANN Audio Player (EOS Blue) with Billie Jean In-Ear Monitors (Blue) Kit

Astell&Kern KANN Audio Player (EOS Blue) with Billie Jean In-Ear Monitors (Blue) Kit

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Astell&Kern KANN Audio Player (EOS Blue) with Billie Jean In-Ear Monitors (Blue) Kit Astell&Kern KANN Portable High Definition Sound System (EOS Blue) Astell&Kern Billie Jean Jerry Harvey Audio Siren Series In-Ear Monitor Headphones (Blue)

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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)
  • IEMs with Balanced Armature Drivers
  • -26 dB of IEM Noise Isolation
  • 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: EOS Blue/Blue

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Astell&Kern KANN overview

  • 1Description

This B&H Kit includes a KANN Portable Audio Player with Billie Jean In-Ear Monitors. This kit gives you what you need to play and enjoy audiophile-level sound on the go. 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 home system, car stereo, or to headphones like the included pair of Billie Jean IEMs.

The Billie Jean earphones are an ideal complement to the high-end output of the KANN. These in-ear earphones are capable of keeping up thanks to 2-way dual balanced armature drivers per side. The Acoustic Chamber Sound Bore design is meant to deliver a wide soundstage with impressive dynamic range. With -26 dB of noise reduction and a design for a precise fit, the Billie Jeans keep the ambient noise at bay so you can concentrate on the hi-res audio delivered by the KANN.

  • Astell&Kern KANN Portable High Definition Sound System (EOS Blue)

    The eos blue 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: 821566016232
  • Astell&Kern Billie Jean Jerry Harvey Audio Siren Series In-Ear Monitor Headphones (Blue)

    Developed through collaboration with Jerry Harvey Audio, the blue Astell&Kern Billie Jean are universal in-ear monitor headphones that are the first in the Siren Series to feature dual drivers in a universal-fit IEM from Astell&Kern and Jerry Harvey Audio. The Billie Jean ensures a well-balanced and wide sound stage, remarkable dynamic range, and Jerry Harvey's patented Freqphase technology.

    Featuring two (low+mid and high) custom-made, balanced-armature drivers per side, the Billie Jean offers a frequency response of 20 Hz to 17 kHz. The patented Freqphase technology aligns each driver's output to be within 1/100 of a millisecond of each other; this ensures the correct time alignment and phase of the two drivers and results in highly accurate music reproduction. The special acoustic chamber sound bore design has been carefully crafted to bring up the frequency response while smoothing out the high-frequency audio signature.

    A silver tinsel cable is made from copper, plated with silver, and wrapped with Kevlar for high strength and flexibility. Once inserted, the Billie Jean offers a noise isolation of -26 dB, which helps keep the ambient sounds of your surroundings to a minimum. The Astell&Kern Billie Jean includes a single unbalanced 3.5mm cable, three sets of silicone eartips, and a carry case.

    The Siren Series
    • Jerry Harvey Audio has developed this balanced-armature driver (BA) to offer reference-quality IEMs for mastering and mixing work.
    Freqphase Time/Phase Waveguide
    • Most multiple-driver IEMs suffer from phase and timing issues. Low, mid, and high drivers all have different impulse times. The higher the frequency, the faster the impulse time of the BA driver. The lower it is, the slower the response speed. This causes improper arrival times and phase shifts.
    • The Billie Jean applies Jerry Harvey Audio's patented Freqphase technology, which uses precisely cut tube lengths for each driver to minimize the phase shift of each frequency. This allows for the high and mid-low drivers to be aligned to 1/100 ms for the most ideal phase curve. It ensures the correct time alignment and phase of all drivers resulting in outstandingly accurate music reproduction.
    Two-Way Dual Balanced-Armature Drivers Per Side
    • The balanced-armature drivers used in the Billie Jean are a customized BA only available from Jerry Harvey Audio and designed to bring more power with less weight. The Billie Jean offers an efficient, yet powerful, sound.
    • Jerry Harvey Audio's Freqphase, Timephase, and Waveguide technologies allow this two-way, two balanced-armature IEM to deliver the full range of audio performance. The special Acoustic Chamber Sound Bore design has been carefully crafted to bring a wide soundstage with a wide dynamic range, without adding any interference.
    Precise Fit
    • The Billie Jean is over 30% smaller compared to the Michelle Limited. Its design has been optimized after a series of studies of different shapes of ear canals from both men and women of different ages. It fits and sits comfortably in your ears without bulkiness.
    • With solid noise isolation, the universal-fit Billie Jean can be used for Pro Audio applications such as sound monitoring.
    Silver Tinsel Cable with Detachable 2-Pin Connector
    • The cable used in the Billie Jean is not common copper; instead, it's a copper cable plated with silver. The cable is manufactured by first compressing the silver-plated copper wire, then flattening and rolling it into a steady interval, eventually wrapping it around Kevlar. This newly developed cable has significant tensile strength and delivers the full dynamic range of music. There is a 3.5mm unbalanced cable provided.
    • Conventional straight cables do not handle frequent bending well; consequently, they often short out. The intertwined cable disperses the stress and offers better resilience. It's also easier to wear around the outer ears, as the cable shape can be easily adjusted for a comfortable fit.
    UPC: 821566016768
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Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Astell&Kern KANN Portable High Definition Sound System (EOS Blue)
    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 Billie Jean Jerry Harvey Audio Siren Series In-Ear Monitor Headphones (Blue)
    Earpiece
    Design In-Ear (Intra-Aural)
    Driver Type Balanced
    Number of Drivers 2, per earpiece
    Active Noise Cancellation No
    Noise Attenuation 26 dBA
    General
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 17 kHz
    Sensitivity 119 dB at 1 mW
    Impedance 18 Ohms
    Connectivity
    Audio Connector 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS Right-Angled
    Cable
    Design Y-Type
    Detachable Yes
    In-Line Remote/Microphone No
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 4.7 x 2.2"

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