The Astell & Kern Kann Alpha is the latest generation of KANN portable audio players and could be seen as the successor to the original KANN.
The Kann Alpha will sit in the lineup alongside the KANN Cube and is the first Astell&Kern player to feature a Pentaconn 4.4mm output. Size wise Astell&Kern have made some dramatic improvements over the original KANN by slimming the player down quite considerably. Battery life has also been improved and you should now comfortably be able to achieve over 10 hours playback.
The Kann Alpha still features the same DAC as the OG Kann but improvements have been made on the audio board to enhance the sonic capability still further.
The KANN Alpha is a powerhouse of a DAP and is capable of driving both earphones and headphones to their optimum whilst remaining a portable device suitable for travel and being at home.
The first Astell & Kern KANN is their first to feature a 4.4mm balanced output
offering complete separation of the balanced output to provide noise-free output
Crosstalk of 141dB and top-notch audio performance through a complete circuit redesign
The newly introduced feature of the 4.4mm balanced output port is exciting, however, the most important part it was implemented.
Unlike other manufacturer’s products, KANN ALPHA has physically separated the 2.5mm and 4.4mm outputs using micro relays.
When 2.5mm and 4.4mm structures that are connected only to the mute circuit they do not prevent noise interference that may occur because each signal is not properly blocked.
KANN ALPHA boasts noise-free output because we built in an independent structure that completely blocks interference from outputs that are not being used and to be switched off therefore preventing the noise from occurring.
Model :Astell & Kern KANN ALPHA
Body Colour: Onyx Black
Body Material: Aluminium
Display: 4.1inch HD 720 x 1280 Touch Display
Supported Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
PCM : 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample) / DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo혻
/ DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo
High: Unbalanced 6Vrms / Balanced 12Vrms (Condition No Load)
Mid: Unbalanced 4Vrms / Balanced 8Vrms (Condition No Load)
Low: Unbalanced 2Vrms / Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load)
DAC: ESS ES9068AS x2 (Dual DAC)
Decoding: Support up to 32bit / 384kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback
Input: USB Type-C input (for charging PC & MAC)
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: V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, LDAC)
Dimensions: 2.68 ”(68.3 mm) [W] x 4.60 ”(117 mm) [H] x 0.98 ”(25 mm) [D] Weight :about 11.14 oz (about 316 g)
Feature Enhancements: Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)