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Astell & Kern KANN Cube

New for summer 2019, Astell & Kern KANN Cube. A big screen portable music player, with dual flagship home audio dac chips for fantastic clarity and a huge built in amp to use with full size headphones. The combination of dacs, headphone driving power and minimal distortion is rarely found in desktop gear, let alone a portable product. (KANN Cube is significantly more powerful than Astell & Kern's own desktop dac/amp.)

The KANN Cube is a large unit - its over a pound of hifi - and has a fantastic clear, powerful, dynamic sound. It is about the size of 3 phones stacked so it is not a daily back pocket type of product, but if you want something that can be taken with you (around the house, to work, holidays, etc), the sound quality is similar to models at twice the price.

Similar to the other A&K players with the new software, you can choose 4 of the currently 20+ music apps that can be sideloaded onto the KANN Cube. You download the app and copy/paste to the KANN Cube. More info here. Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer, Soundcloud, Sirius, Apple Music and more are options.

Some major features and bonkers specs:

  • 128 gb built in + micro sd card slot (supports up to 512gb)
  • Dual  ESS 9038 PRO 8 channel dac chips - normally only used for home audio dacs
  • Quad core CPU & new, fast operating system
  • SNR 117db
  • Crosstalk: -129db
  • THD: 0.0004%
  • Low/Mid/High output (up to 12V)
  • Output Imp: 1.2 ohm / 1.6 ohm balanced
  • 5-pin Mini XLR line out
  • Native DSD 256 playback capable
  • 5.0inch 720 x 1280 HD touch display
  • MQA certified, for Tidal Masters music
  • USB Type-C Fast Charging (4 hours)
  • playback time = 9 hours
  • Housing = grey aluminum
  • 9cm h x 14cm w x 3.1cm deep
  • Weight = 493g
  • Bluetooth 4.2 apt-x HD
  • wifi b/g/n 2.4ghz
  • No case included. Sold separately.
  • 1 year warranty

 

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