Astell & Kern KANN (Astro Silver) Portable High Resolution Audio Player

Astell & Kern KANN (Astro Silver)

Portable High Resolution Audio Player

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£659.95 RRP £749.0000

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Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain before making a special journey. Due to costs, we cannot transfer clearance stock between branches or sell via mail order - sorry!
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.

”A hi-res music player with a striking design and similarly impressive sound.”– ‘What Hi-Fi’ 2018 award winner.

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.
”A hi-res music player with a striking design and similarly impressive sound.”– ‘What Hi-Fi’ 2018 award winner.

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.
Brand Astell & Kern
Colour Astro Silver
Dimensions WxHxD (mm) 71 x 116 x 26
Battery Life Up to 15 hours
High Resolution Audio Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 71 x 26 x 116
DLNA Compliant No
NFC No
USB Yes
Wireless LAN Yes
DAC AKM AK4490
Flash Memory Capacity 64GB
Memory Card Supported 512GB Max
Output Balanced and Unbalanced
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product Recently purchased this player - expensive but a significant step up from previous ipod use. Great service from Richer Sounds - competitive price, easy online ordering process and speedy delivery - thankfully they use a decent courier.
Date published: 2020-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best music player at anywhere near the price. I big step up from my old Apple 160gb iPod. Yes it’s more expensive but you can see and hear where the money has been spent. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2019-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant music player , so easy to use, fantastic https://www.richersounds.com/media/catalog/product/8/1/81a114e046a2865f279fcbce98ed8a237380fc26_319233_v3.jpg
Date published: 2019-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I purchased the Kann on the basis I had a 14 day return policy, an offer I will not be taking. The Kann is an astounding piece of portable audio technology and I paired it with a set of Shure SRH1540 cans to complete the package. Audio has been my profession thirty years, having used the best equipment, sitting behind the business end of an SSL-6000G mixing console. It’s difficult to explain the complex sound of the Kann, it’s is so clear and defined, I can hear edits on tracks or drop-in’s and background sounds normally lost in mud and noise floor of consumer audio equipment. The Kann has a natural but highly defined sound with all the audio spectrum clear and not squished as on phone audio players. To describe it, as if being short sighted for many years and then putting on corrected lenses, the whole world becomes clear in minute detail. I would not play MP3 files on the Kann or use Spotify with its substandard lossy codec, it is a waste of time and money. I am using WAV files converted from Pro-Tools HD 12, but you can equally use 24bit/ 16bit 44.1 files to get the best experience. Storage is not an issue; I added 2 SD ultra-cards with 128G each plus the internal 56G. Yes, it’s a tad bulky compaired to your iPhone but, it has a lot of connections and features that you just miss in cheaper inferior players. And, at this price point you will want connect it to your hifi rig which, I'm sure will outperform my pro-CD player. Yes, it runs warm but, so does most pro audio equipment, the Neve VRP mixing desk, would keep your lunch warm for hours!! I am of the early conclusion that the Kann is better than most of my studio equipment in terms of DAC output, I am going to rig it to my Yamaha HS50’s and test. Finally, please do not judge Kann on size and price, it is as good if not better than a lot of pro-audio costing five times the cost. Buy the leather case and screen protectors available online to complete and protect your investment. The only con was the lack of GUI and readable instruction manual. You need to copy and paste files from your storage drive or folders and there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to edit them on the Kann (its new so still on the learning curve).
Date published: 2019-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Kann is a joy to listen to.. Excellent service from Richer Sounds as usual. A lot of money for a portable player but sound quality is amazing. Nearly 1TB storage capability, line out and both un balanced and balanced inputs. Also has a powerful built-in amp, so can easily use my LCD2 headphones. Build quality is superb and screen is what I expect. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kann - King of Sound After a number of months debating whether or not to invest in the much talked about A&K Kann I finally took the plunge. And how happy I am to have done so. This is one outstanding piece of musical equipment - truly wonderful !! Musically superior to any other portable player I have ever heard this is sheer ecstasy for any true music connoisseur. My view - do yourself, and your ears, a favour and go buy one now. Long live Kann the King !
Date published: 2019-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New to Streaming? I decided to get into 'serious' streaming and the Kann was getting amazing reviews from the trade. Hooked up to RHA Planar IEM's on the 2.5mm balanced cable the sound is a revelation to me, it's true! You hear new things in the music that you've known all your life.It connects to my home amp and I can leave the music running without constant visits to my Cyrus CD player to change the disc.My only disappointment is, having signed up for Tidal's HiFi streaming service, I am unable to download offline content directly...... The Kann Cube (newly announced and costing 50% more @USD1500) is the first Astell & Kern able to do this.....but that's a bit too big for carrying in a pocket. Storage potential of approaching 1TB should last this pensioner a good few years.
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Quality Hi-Res Music Player I have had the Astell & Kern Kann for a couple of weeks now and I am extremely happy with it. The sound quality is excellent and it's ability to power my full size Sennheiser HD700s was one of the main reasons to buy. All the reviews I had read before going for a demo were spot on with sound quality and power being amazing considering the size of the device. The storage capacity is incredible and being able to quickly and easily load 100s of albums on an SD card is great. I can now play all the hi-res albums including DSD, which I currently can't with my main system. The ability to demo the unit in the store and be left to play my own selection of music was very helpful. The Kann was also delivered 4 days earlier than expected so I am very happy with the service from Richer Sounds Cardiff.
Date published: 2019-05-03
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In-Store Clearance Item

Open Box Guide Price
(1 available across all stores)

£659.95 RRP £749.0000

SAVE

12%

 

Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain before making a special journey. Due to costs, we cannot transfer clearance stock between branches or sell via mail order - sorry!
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.