Sony WH1000XM3 (Black) & Astell & Kern KANN (Astro Silver)

Sony WH1000XM3 (Black) & Astell & Kern KANN (Astro Silver)

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”Analogue amplification has transformed the latest version of Sony’s excellent wireless noise-cancelling headphones.”– ‘What Hi-Fi’ 2018 Product of the Year award winner.

The best made better – improved Digital Active noise cancellation

Already one of the best noise cancellation systems out there, Sony’s Digital Active system is better than ever. The new QN1 processor is more powerful than ever, meaning, if you travel by 'plane, train or coach, you’ll hear less background noise than ever. Quiet sections of music are now audible and the whole travel experience becomes more restful than ever before.

More options for noise cancellation
New settings include the ability to cancel out background noise, even without music playing – this is ideal when you’re trying to read in a busy environment. Atmospheric Pressure Optimiser adjusts the frequency response and microphone sensitivity for the best sound when in flight. Use the Sony Headphones Connect app and get even more control over your sound.

Now with the purity of analogue sound
Moving from a digital amp to analogue one has given these award-winning headphones an even purer and more involving sound quality. Whatever the genre of music you listen to, it will simply sound more ‘real’ now there’s an analogue amplifier in charge of pumping out the sound.

Improved wireless Bluetooth connection with NFC
Featuring Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity to your smartphone, tablet or laptop, wireless sound is better than ever from these headphones. For a speedy connection with your smartphone, the WH-1000XM3 also features NFC (Near Field Communication). Simply tap the NFC-equipped phone against the headphones and it's paired and ready to go. If you prefer, a wired connection is also included.

The highest quality wireless sound
Using the LDAC wireless audio system means these headphones are able to receive around three times more detail than ordinary Bluetooth headphones. With an improved frequency response, you’ll hear more of the music, with the quietest details easy to hear.

Plug in the cable and experience Hi-Res sound
With Hi-Res music files now more popular than ever, only Hi-Res headphones will make the most of this expansive-sounding format. Plug in the supplied cable and these Sony headphones become Hi-Res compatible. With a frequency response of 4 - 40,000kHz, the Sony's easily cover a huge frequency response. From the deepest rumbling of sub-bass to subtle harmonics that affect the way we hear top-end notes, the Sony has it covered.

Sound precision with DSEE and LCP drivers
DSEE HX upsamples compressed music files, giving them a fuller, richer sound. Using 40mm drivers with LCP (Liquid Crystal Polymer) diaphragms, these Sony headphones are quick to react to the most dynamic music.

Now with Amazon Alexa and Google voice assistants
Using the built-in microphone, the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google’s voice Assistant. Simply press and hold the noise cancelling button and ask your PA a question. The touch sensitive pad also lets you communicate more easily – simply hold the pad to instantly turn down the volume with Quick Attention. For previous versions (prior to 4.1.1.) full instructions on how to update can be found here.

Quicker to charge and 30 hours battery life
The XM3 version is even quicker to charge than before. Use the optional AC adaptor and just 10 minutes of charging is enough for 5 hours playback – perfect for when you’re in a hurry. Once fully charged up (in around 3 hours), these headphones give up to 30 hours of playback – easily enough for a week’s worth of commuting.

Lighter and more comfortable than before
Compared to the previous version, the WH1000XM3’s weigh 20g less. Combine this with the thicker and softer foam used and you’ve got even greater comfort than before. Subtle changes to the style makes them look more attractive, too.

Made for music on the move
Supplied with a premium travel case, the foldable WH-1000XM3 headphones make the perfect travel partner. An aeroplane adapter plug is also supplied – letting you make the most of the noise cancellation ability and enjoy your music with far less disturbance.

Travel with the best, pack the Sony WH-1000XM3.

”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.

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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

All products that are available to purchase on the Richer Sounds website can be delivered free to blind, partially sighted or those with a disability.

Please contact web after sales for more info.
For delivery of in-store only deals, please contact your local store for more details.
T&Cs apply - see our delivery page.
”Analogue amplification has transformed the latest version of Sony’s excellent wireless noise-cancelling headphones.”– ‘What Hi-Fi’ 2018 Product of the Year award winner.

The best made better – improved Digital Active noise cancellation

Already one of the best noise cancellation systems out there, Sony’s Digital Active system is better than ever. The new QN1 processor is more powerful than ever, meaning, if you travel by 'plane, train or coach, you’ll hear less background noise than ever. Quiet sections of music are now audible and the whole travel experience becomes more restful than ever before.

More options for noise cancellation
New settings include the ability to cancel out background noise, even without music playing – this is ideal when you’re trying to read in a busy environment. Atmospheric Pressure Optimiser adjusts the frequency response and microphone sensitivity for the best sound when in flight. Use the Sony Headphones Connect app and get even more control over your sound.

Now with the purity of analogue sound
Moving from a digital amp to analogue one has given these award-winning headphones an even purer and more involving sound quality. Whatever the genre of music you listen to, it will simply sound more ‘real’ now there’s an analogue amplifier in charge of pumping out the sound.

Improved wireless Bluetooth connection with NFC
Featuring Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity to your smartphone, tablet or laptop, wireless sound is better than ever from these headphones. For a speedy connection with your smartphone, the WH-1000XM3 also features NFC (Near Field Communication). Simply tap the NFC-equipped phone against the headphones and it's paired and ready to go. If you prefer, a wired connection is also included.

The highest quality wireless sound
Using the LDAC wireless audio system means these headphones are able to receive around three times more detail than ordinary Bluetooth headphones. With an improved frequency response, you’ll hear more of the music, with the quietest details easy to hear.

Plug in the cable and experience Hi-Res sound
With Hi-Res music files now more popular than ever, only Hi-Res headphones will make the most of this expansive-sounding format. Plug in the supplied cable and these Sony headphones become Hi-Res compatible. With a frequency response of 4 - 40,000kHz, the Sony's easily cover a huge frequency response. From the deepest rumbling of sub-bass to subtle harmonics that affect the way we hear top-end notes, the Sony has it covered.

Sound precision with DSEE and LCP drivers
DSEE HX upsamples compressed music files, giving them a fuller, richer sound. Using 40mm drivers with LCP (Liquid Crystal Polymer) diaphragms, these Sony headphones are quick to react to the most dynamic music.

Now with Amazon Alexa and Google voice assistants
Using the built-in microphone, the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google’s voice Assistant. Simply press and hold the noise cancelling button and ask your PA a question. The touch sensitive pad also lets you communicate more easily – simply hold the pad to instantly turn down the volume with Quick Attention. For previous versions (prior to 4.1.1.) full instructions on how to update can be found here.

Quicker to charge and 30 hours battery life
The XM3 version is even quicker to charge than before. Use the optional AC adaptor and just 10 minutes of charging is enough for 5 hours playback – perfect for when you’re in a hurry. Once fully charged up (in around 3 hours), these headphones give up to 30 hours of playback – easily enough for a week’s worth of commuting.

Lighter and more comfortable than before
Compared to the previous version, the WH1000XM3’s weigh 20g less. Combine this with the thicker and softer foam used and you’ve got even greater comfort than before. Subtle changes to the style makes them look more attractive, too.

Made for music on the move
Supplied with a premium travel case, the foldable WH-1000XM3 headphones make the perfect travel partner. An aeroplane adapter plug is also supplied – letting you make the most of the noise cancellation ability and enjoy your music with far less disturbance.

Travel with the best, pack the Sony WH-1000XM3.

”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.

Astell & Kern KANN (Astro Silver)

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

Sony WH1000XM3 (Black)

Brand Sony
Colour Black
Over Ear Yes
Closed back Yes
Weight (KG) 255g
Bluetooth Yes
Smartphone control Yes
High Resolution Audio Yes
Frequency Response 4 - 40,000Hz
Sensitivity 104.5/101dB cancellation on/off
Impedance (Ohms) 47/16 ohms cancellation on/off
Cable Length 1.2m
Plug size 3.5mm
Microphone / Hands Free yes
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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

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

All products that are available to purchase on the Richer Sounds website can be delivered free to blind, partially sighted or those with a disability.

Please contact web after sales for more info.
For delivery of in-store only deals, please contact your local store for more details.
T&Cs apply - see our delivery page.