Astell & Kern KANN Portable High Resolution Audio Player

Astell & Kern KANN (Astro Silver)

Portable High Resolution Audio Player

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”It’s dynamic, has a great sense of timing, and is full of insight.” What Hi-Fi Award Winner 2017

Native DSD support

Unlike it baby brothers, the Kann features native DSD support (up to DSD256). Originally designed for SACD players, DSD (Direct Stream Digital) encoded music files offer stunning levels of detail and resolution. Processing DSD signals from the source can be tricky, though, which is why lesser models simply convert them to inferior PCM signals. With the Kann, however, Astell and Kern have employed a dedicated chipset, specifically for the purpose. The result is effortless streaming of DSD files with the huge dynamic range, ‘inky’ quiet backdrop and all the subtle detail you’d expect from the format.

Top quality DAC for sonic precision
The Kann shares the DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) that’s also used by the top-of-range models – the superb AK4490. This DAC gives superb resolution, a wide dynamic range and low noise.

Built-in amp – ready for any headphones
With a powerful built-in amplifier, the Kann is unusually flexible when it comes to matching headphones. Unlike most portables, it has effortless power to drive almost any headphones – even ones that you’d usually only use for home use. As a further bonus, it also features a 2.5mm 4-pole balanced output – suitable for the highest quality semi-professional headphones available.

Rugged style
Featuring a fluted, aluminium body, the KANN stands out from the crowd. The ‘no-joint’ design not only looks good but is extremely tough and rigid – making it ideal for a life on the move.

AK Connect app and DLNA
Astell & Kern has further enhanced the Kann via the AK Connect app. Wireless networking DLNA (version 1.0) connects to a NAS or PC, and is easily controlled with a smartphone or tablet through AK Connect. Music files on a PC or NAS can be freely transferred and streamed without the hassle of turning on the computer and physically connecting with a cable. If you're on the same access point (AP) network, music files on a PC or NAS can be played back via DLNA.

Store it all - 64GB internal memory with support for a massive 576GB
With 64GB of internal memory, the KANN can store about 625 tracks (24bit/96kHz, 4 minute-long, 90MB) songs on its flash memory. With the addition of twin 256GB cards, this increases to a massive 576GB – enough for a lifetime’s collection of music.

A Hi-Res player that works just as well at home or on the move – the KANN opens up your music to new levels.

Lowest price guaranteed!

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
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Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery on all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge
”It’s dynamic, has a great sense of timing, and is full of insight.” What Hi-Fi Award Winner 2017

Native DSD support

Unlike it baby brothers, the Kann features native DSD support (up to DSD256). Originally designed for SACD players, DSD (Direct Stream Digital) encoded music files offer stunning levels of detail and resolution. Processing DSD signals from the source can be tricky, though, which is why lesser models simply convert them to inferior PCM signals. With the Kann, however, Astell and Kern have employed a dedicated chipset, specifically for the purpose. The result is effortless streaming of DSD files with the huge dynamic range, ‘inky’ quiet backdrop and all the subtle detail you’d expect from the format.

Top quality DAC for sonic precision
The Kann shares the DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) that’s also used by the top-of-range models – the superb AK4490. This DAC gives superb resolution, a wide dynamic range and low noise.

Built-in amp – ready for any headphones
With a powerful built-in amplifier, the Kann is unusually flexible when it comes to matching headphones. Unlike most portables, it has effortless power to drive almost any headphones – even ones that you’d usually only use for home use. As a further bonus, it also features a 2.5mm 4-pole balanced output – suitable for the highest quality semi-professional headphones available.

Rugged style
Featuring a fluted, aluminium body, the KANN stands out from the crowd. The ‘no-joint’ design not only looks good but is extremely tough and rigid – making it ideal for a life on the move.

AK Connect app and DLNA
Astell & Kern has further enhanced the Kann via the AK Connect app. Wireless networking DLNA (version 1.0) connects to a NAS or PC, and is easily controlled with a smartphone or tablet through AK Connect. Music files on a PC or NAS can be freely transferred and streamed without the hassle of turning on the computer and physically connecting with a cable. If you're on the same access point (AP) network, music files on a PC or NAS can be played back via DLNA.

Store it all - 64GB internal memory with support for a massive 576GB
With 64GB of internal memory, the KANN can store about 625 tracks (24bit/96kHz, 4 minute-long, 90MB) songs on its flash memory. With the addition of twin 256GB cards, this increases to a massive 576GB – enough for a lifetime’s collection of music.

A Hi-Res player that works just as well at home or on the move – the KANN opens up your music to new levels.
Battery Life Up to 15 hours
Bluetooth Yes
DAC AKM AK4490
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 71 x 26 x 116
Dimensions WxHxD (mm) 71 x 116 x 26
DLNA Compliant No
Flash Memory Capacity 64GB
High Resolution Audio Yes
Memory Card Supported 512GB Max
NFC No
Output Balanced and Unbalanced
USB Yes
Wireless LAN Yes
Brand Astell & Kern
Colour Astro Silver
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relaxed and easy sound I moved from a AK70MKII to the KANN. The KANN is subtler than the AK. Th AK wants to show how good it is all the time and that can get wearing. The KANN just delivers wonderful neutral sound, letting you hear music and not how impressive the player is. That makes for hours of listening without fatigue. To get the best use a balanced headphone cable and some very good IEM. The player is bulky and fairly heavy. But I actually like that. Battery life is very good and the interface way to navigate.
Date published: 2018-03-05
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Lowest price guaranteed!

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery on all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge