Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA Digital Audio Player (Onyx Black)
Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA Digital Audio Player (Onyx Black)
Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA Digital Audio Player (Onyx Black)
Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA Digital Audio Player (Onyx Black)
Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA Digital Audio Player (Onyx Black)
Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA Digital Audio Player (Onyx Black)

Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA Digital Audio Player (Onyx Black)

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Product Highlights

Gold PVD Coating Method: To minimise contact noise from the output, a gold PVD coating method is applied to the headphone connector, improving both design and function. 

Bluetooth Technology: Equipped with the latest version of Bluetooth, Bluetooth 5.0, and using the improved Open APP service, you can easily install your favourite apps such as Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Prime Music and TuneIn internet radio.

Perfectly Portable: The best of both worlds, the KANN Alpha provides both ultra-high power outputs to connect to your hi-fi system, along with versatile headphone outputs that can drive any headphones or IEMS for portable listening.

Modern Redesign: The complete redesign of the KANN Alpha has improved the audio performance, reducing crosstalk, increasing output power, introducing 4.4mm balanced outputs and implementing Bluetooth 5.0.

The Editor's Note

Beautifully designed, the KANN ALPHA Digital Audio Player, in a stunning onyx black finish from Astell&Kern is not only an ultra-high output powerhouse, capable of driving any headphone or IEM, it is also the first DAP to feature a 4.4mm balanced output that is completely noise-free. 

While the goal of the Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA is to provide ultra-high power output to drive any headphone or IEM, KANN ALPHA has not forgotten the essence of being a portable DAP, so you can enjoy a perfect sound experience wherever you are. The digital audio player, in a stunning onyx black finish is capable of driving any headphone or IEM, it is also the first DAP designed with a 4.4mm balanced output that is completely noise-free.  Featuring a light and durable aluminium body, the design of the KANN ALPHA displays a stunning combination of delicate details and boasts a powerful performance.

What the critics say

"Listening to hi-res music on the Kann Alpha is a pure joy".
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Technical details & care

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Model: KANN ALPHA
Product Number: AK1052
Body Colour: Onyx Black
Body Material: Aluminium
Display: 4.1inch (720 x 1,280) Touch display
Supported Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
Sample rate: PCM : 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample) / DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo
Output Level: High: Unbalanced: 6 .0Vrms Balanced: 12.0Vrms (Condition No Load) Mid: Unbalanced: 4 .0Vrms Balanced: 8.0Vrms (Condition No Load) 
Low: Unbalanced: 2 .0Vrms Balanced: 4.0Vrms (Condition No Load)
CPU: Quad-Core
DAC: ESS ES9068AS x2 (Dual DAC)
Decoding: Support up to 32bit / 384kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback
Input: USB Type-C input (for PC & MAC)
Outputs: Unbalanced Out (3.5mm)  / Optical Out (3.5mm) Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported 4.4m, only 5-pole supported) 
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
Bluetooth: V4.2 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptXTM HD, LDAC)
Dimensions: 68.3 mm W x 117 mm H x 25 mm D
Weight: 316 g
Feature Enhancements: Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)

AUDIO PERFORMANCE

Frequency Response:
Unbalanced: ±0.021dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz)
/ Balanced: ±0.024dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz)
Unbalanced: ±0.021dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz)
/ Balanced: ±0.155dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio: Unbalanced: 116dB @ 1kHz / Balanced: 117dB @ 1kHz
Crosstalk: Unbalanced: -128dB @ 1kHz / Balanced: -136dB @ 1kHz
THD+N: Unbalanced: 0.0003% @ 1kHz / Balanced: 0.0005% @ 1kHz
IMD SMPTE: Unbalanced: 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) / Balanced: 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1)
Output Impedance: Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (0.8ohm) / Balanced out 2.5mm (1.3ohm)


BATTERY

Capacity: 5,600mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery
Continuous Playback Time: About 14.5 hours (Standard - MUSIC: FLAC, 16-bit/44.1kHz, Volume 80, EQ OFF, LCD OFF)
About 14 hours (Standard - ES9068AS, MUSIC: FLAC, 16-bit/44.1kHz, Unbalanced, Volume 50, Low Gain, LCD OFF)
Charge Time: About 3.5 hours (Standard - 9V/1.67A Fast charging) / 5 hours (5V/2A General charging)


MEMORY

Built-in Memory: 64GB [NAND]
External Memory: microSD (Max. 1TB) x1

OS

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


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