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

Astell & Kern KANN (Astro Silver)

Portable High Resolution Audio Player

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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 Wonderful sound Having read a number of reviews about the Kann I took the plunge and bought one from Richersounds Middlesbrough store. Not being close to the shop I purchased on line after a couple of phone chats with shop staff. The Kann is a quality product in every respect. Very well made with a good clear screen. It is easy to operate and links well to my Sonos and Bose speakers. The sound is wonderful, bringing great clarity to the music. It copes well with whatever music you throw at it. I have very broad tastes so have tried a range of Classical, Jazz , folk, pop, and all sound remarkably good. I currently use the Kann with a pair of Bose in ear noise cancelling earphones and now enjoy my music on the move as the quality is so good. I have had the Kann for three weeks and so far I am happy with battery life. I would love to hear one of the Astell and Kern players at the £3k price point just to see if I could hear a difference in sound quality because I find the Kann so good.
Date published: 2020-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent music player Sound quality was just a joy to my ears, I have never heard so much detail in my music. Build quality is just what you would expect from Astell and Kern, User interface and display top notch. Anyone contemplating purchasing this device will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2020-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astell and kern kann I decided to buy a few astell and kern kann DAP audio players as spare and reserve players to the existing ones I already use in my full size audio system, and headphone system, as now this player has been discontinued and is end of the line for the kann dap audio player, I wanted to have a few more spare kann units as backup audio players for my two audio systems.
Date published: 2020-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great player but..... Easy setup after nearly 4 hours of charging that it needed upon arrival. Software to transfer music works well on a windows based computer BUT if you’re using a Mac it repeatedly crashes - says files not transferred or connect device. Not good for this price. Signed up to Tidal only to find that there is no way to download music for off line listening unless you purchase. Disappointments aside it’s a smart price of kit with fantastic sound.
Date published: 2020-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not suitable for my use. I bought this product two weeks ago but it didn't met my expectation rendering it unsuitable for my use. It has been returned.
Date published: 2020-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound While not much instruction provided by creators regarding use/functions, it is reasonably easy to use and with good connectivity to networked music servers it makes great sound available home and away.
Date published: 2020-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent sound quality but WiFi is an issue. Connected to Tidal and combined with Denon D7200's this is a great combination. Sound is clear, detailed and powerful with a great 3D sound-stage. Using as a DAC connected to a Mac negates the WiFi issue. As a DAP to sit on the sofa and sit back and enjoy high quality reproduction is the benefit of not being tethered to a desktop solution. Only negative's are the lack of support for Tidal masters and the poor reception picking up a WiFi signal. Highly recommended but with caveats.
Date published: 2020-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth sound Great device I would say a notch above previous Sony Hi Res players I've owned for musical fidelity!
Date published: 2020-05-11
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In-Store Clearance Item

Open Box Guide Price
(5 available across all stores)

£579.95 RRP £749.0000

SAVE

23%

 

On Display Guide Price
(6 available across all stores)

£649 RRP £749.0000

SAVE

13%

 

Brand New Guide Price
(1 available across all stores)

£649 RRP £749.0000

SAVE

13%

 

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. Unfortunately due to costs, and size, TVs can’t be mail ordered from store, or transferred between stores.
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.