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Astell&Kern has introduced a new product design that cleverly incorporates a high-performance amplifier into a player for a perfect merger of two independent devices. Supporting the output of 7Vrms when connected via high-gain balanced output, the KANN not only drives high-impedance headphones without an additional amplifier, but also reliably reproduces high-quality sound with low-impedance speakers.
KANN, the first Astell&Kern product, is equipped with a line-out circuit designed to set the output values in 4 levels, depending on the user's listening preference a significant step up from previous products, which did not provide output/volume control. With the selectable output function, you can fine-tune your sound to suit a home system, car audio, or any other listening environment.KANN also supports Astell&Kern's 2.5-mm 4-pole balanced outputs (2 Vrms). Unlike the unbalanced type, balanced output removes noise (common mode noise) from "signal + inverting amplifier signal" and has the strength to increase output with its double transmitting signals.
KANN offers the optimal condition to deliver perfect original sound. KANN is capable of bit-to-bit playback up to 32bit 384kHz and native DSD playback up to 11.2MHz, delivering detailed, distortion-free sound just as the artist intended.
To increase flexibility of use, you can connect additional USB Audio to KANN via the micro USB port.KANN allows output conversion according to the specifications of the external USB Audio that supports DoP (DSD over PCM) or PCM,and provides continuous music playback with charging via the Type-C USB port while connected to the external USB Audio.
Supporting the bit-to-bit playback up to 32-bit 384kHz when connected to the PC for use as a USB DAC,the KANN produces richer sounds with superior spatial effects and resolution that go far beyond the limits of any PC sound card.
I have this player after I had the Acoustic Research AR-M2.. And what I can say: you get the same level of sound and even better (Native DSD playback) with much more features!! Better firmware, better battery life! And the amp and sound ist amazing for the price!Highly recommended!
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