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Astell & Kern KANN CUBE Grey High-Resolution Audio Player

Astell & Kern

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Condition: New

Brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item in original retail packaging (where applicable).

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Limited 2 year warranty.  More info

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£1499.00

KANN CUBE is the second model of the KANN line, which focuses on high fidelity with powerful output and low noise. The newly designed powerful amplifier and audio circuitry have been strategically implemented to offer a very low noise floor, even with its massive power output, making it an Audio Powerhouse capable of driving the most power-hungry headphones.

The Absolute Audio Powerhouse

KANN CUBE offers 3 different power output options of High / Mid / Low, which can drive any headphone with unprecedented power never seen before in any portable device - 12Vrms for Balanced output and 6Vrms for Unbalanced output. To provide a natural and neutral audio experience with minimal distortion, a newly designed OP Amp and Volume IC manages power optimally and efficiently.

5-pin Mini XLR Output for Even Less Noise

KANN CUBE offers a 5-pin mini XLR connector for the first time in an Astell&Kern player. Thanks to the even lower noise floor and higher audio output through the XLR connection, you can enjoy pure, clear audio playback. It offers easier connection to your home audio systems and active speakers with balanced connections.

ESS ES9038PRO SABRE Dual DAC

KANN CUBE uses two 8-channel DACs, the ES9038PRO, one for the left and one for the right channel.

As each DAC chip sends out 8 channels of audio signal through the Astell&Kern Analog AMP Block, you experience unlimited sound stage and the full depth of the original performance.

ESS SABRE PRO

The ESS SABRE PRO series of Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) is targeted for premium audiophile and professional recording studio equipment. The SABRE PRO series sets a new benchmark in high-end audio by offering the industry's highest dynamic range (DNR) with impressively low levels of total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N) in a 32-bit, 8-channel DAC. All PRO SABRE DACs feature ESS's patented 32-bit HyperStream DAC technology which delivers outstanding sound quality and industry leading performance.

ESS has two major lines of DAC chips – the 'SABER PRO' for audiophile systems and 'SABER HIFI' for mobile devices, such as the LG V10, V20, V30 smartphones or low-priced DAPs. The SABER PRO DACs are seldomly used for DAPs and are primarily used with Pro-Audio systems or traditional Hi-Fi products. The ES9038PRO is the latest DAC from ESS and the SABER PRO line. KANN CUBE is the first DAP device to adopt the SABER PRO DACs in a dual DAC configuration, dedicating 8-channels for the left and 8-channels for the right side.

Enhanced Audio Processing Power with Quad-core CPU

Some may think that only sound matters in Hi-Fi systems. While it does matter greatly, there are other factors that influence your immersive music experience as well. KANN CUBE is designed to remove any distracting elements, including noise, distortion and unintuitive user interface.

The Quad-core CPU gives you even more processing power for your digital music and a lot faster, natural UI experience. Get lost in your music without distractions.

Ultimate Sound Quality

The latest ESS ES9038PRO dual-DAC design and the upgraded CPU in the KANN CUBE allows for accurate playback of native 32bit/384kHz audio with no compromise on sound quality. The music is played back, bit-for-bit, just as the artist and engineer intended for it to be heard.

KANN CUBE also supports native bit-to-bit DSD playback up to 11.2MHz for the best sound possible.

Using Open APP Service

The Open APP Service enables you to install specific APK music streaming apps to the device. Copy the desired APK into the Open Service folder of the product and install the relevant App in the Menu-->Services of the player.

MQA Technology

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. Visit mqa.co.uk for more information. Astell&Kern KANN CUBE includes MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording.

While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

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General Specifications

Model KANN CUBE
Body Color Wolf Gray
Body Material Aluminum
Display 5inch (720 x 1,280) Touch display
Supported Audio Formats WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
MQA playback Services(Tidal Masters), Local files, External USB, MQA-CD(ripped)
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 (Phone Out)
High: Unbalanced 6Vrms / Balanced 12Vrms (Condition No Load)
Mid: Unbalanced 4Vrms / Balanced 8Vrms (Condition No Load)
Low: Unbalanced 2Vrms / Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load)
[XLR Out]
4Vrms (Condition No Load)
DAC ESS ES9038PRO SABRE 8channel 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) / XLR Out (Mini 5pin)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
Bluetooth V4.1 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptXTM HD)
Dimensions (H, W, D,) in mm 140, 87, 31
Weight 17.3 oz (493 g)
Feature Enhancements Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)

Audio Performance

Frequency Response (Phone Out)
Crosstalk (Phone Out) -129dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / -136dB @ 1kHz, Balanced (XLR Out) -146dB @ 1kHz
THD+N (Phone Out) 0.0004% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Balanced (XLR Out) 0.0004% @ 1kHz
IMD SMPTE (Phone Out) 0.0005% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalanced / 0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Balanced
Output Impedance Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (1.2ohm) / Balanced Out 2.5mm (1.6ohm)

Clock source

Reference Clock Jitter 250 Femto Seconds

Battery

Capacity 7,400mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery
Continuous Playback Time up to 9 hours (Standard - MUSIC: FLAC, 16-bit/44.1kHz, Unbalance, Volume 80, EQ OFF, LCD OFF, LOW GAIN)
Charge Time About 4 hours (Standard - 9V/1.67A Fast charging)

Memory

Built-in Memory 128GB [NAND]
External Memory microSD (Max. 512GB) x1

Operating Systems

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

While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

Finance - Pay Monthly

Pay monthly plans for up to 60 months, available on purchases between £299 and £25,000.

0% ONIF6 6 Months
0% ONIF12 12 Months
0% ONIF24 24 Months
0% ONIF36 36 Months
0% ONIF48 48 Months
15.9% ONIB60-15.9 60 Months

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