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Astell and Kern KANN ALPHA High Res Digital Audio Player
Astell & Kern KANN ALPHA, the third product in the KANN series of Digital Audio Players.
While the goal of the Astell & Kern KANN line 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 near-perfect sound experience wherever you are.
The newly introduced feature of the 4.4mm balanced output port is exciting, however, the most important part is how it has been implemented. Unlike other manufacturer’s products, KANN ALPHA has physically separated the 2.5mm and 4.4mm outputs using micro relays. This means that the KANN ALPHA boasts a near noise-free output because of the independent structure that completely blocks interference from outputs that are not being used, so they are switched off and therefore preventing the noise from occurring.
As evident with the newly developed audio circuit design, KANN ALPHA features a never before seen Crosstalk measurement of -141dB (High Gain), which is unmatched by any other portable audio products in its class.
Powerful 12Vrms Output With 14 ½ Hours of Continuous Playback
KANN ALPHA supports the same powerful 12Vrms output as the existing KANN CUBE, however the player has been optimized to be more compact. This is achieved through the miniaturization of numerous parts such as resistors and capacitors, by rearranging various components and through circuit optimization. This resulted in the modification of more than 60 parts during the development process.
Ultra-small tantalum capacitors, which were developed exclusively for Astell & Kern through a collaboration with Matsuo Electric in Japan to meet their high-performance requirements, supply stable power to the player and suppress electrical noise.
This redesigned power circuit used in KANN ALPHA also allows us to achieve 14 ½ hours of continuous playback.
Equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 and Support for Wireless 24-Bit Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, LDAC Codecs
KANN ALPHA is the first Astell & Kern player to use Bluetooth 5.0. The latest Bluetooth version provides high sound quality with the convenience of wireless playback to headphones and IEMs.
Bluetooth 5.0 features faster transmission speed and greater range compared to Bluetooth 4.2, therefore providing a more stable wireless connection.
Both LDAC and Qualcomm® aptX™ HD is supported to provide audiophiles with the best wireless sound possible, so the high-quality sound that Astell & Kern is known for can now be heard when using Bluetooth earphones, headphones, and speakers.
Real-Time Information Confirmed by Light
KANN ALPHA features a LED volume wheel which displays various playback information, including volume level and bitrate of the track currently playing.
RED – 16bit, GREEN – 24bit, BLUE – 32bit, PURPLE – DSD
Open App Support and More
Astell & Kern’s latest user interface and support for Open App service is included in KANN ALPHA, which adds Android APK support, allowing users to install additional music streaming services to their player by simply copying and installing the corresponding APK file for the music service they wish to add. Services supported include Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal, SoundCloud, Qobuz, SiriusXM, Tune-In, myTuner, Bandcamp and Deezer (supported streaming services varies by country). Offline content for supported apps can be stored in either internal or external player memory so you can listen to your favourite music streaming service tracks on the go.
With the latest quad-core processor, the user playback experience is fluid throughout navigating menu options and playing back your favourite music tracks. Other features include a 5.0-inch HD touchscreen, 64GB of internal memory with support for microSD cards up to 1TB, Wi-Fi, DLNA networking, USB digital audio output, USB-C for data transfer and fast-charge support, and the ability to use KANN ALPHA as a USB DAC for your Mac or Windows-based PC.