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KANN ALPHA // Portable High-Resolution Audio Player

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KANN ALPHA, the third product in the KANN series loved by audiophiles around the world, was designed to solve the problem of providing ultra high power output in a digital audio player, while ensuring a compact design. While the goal of the Astell&Kern KANN line is to provide high power output to drive any headphone or IEM, KANN ALPHA has not forgotten the essence of being a portable DAP. Enjoy a near-perfect sound experience wherever you are.

The design of KANN ALPHA shows the beauty from the combination of delicate details and the substantial weight from its powerful performance. KANN ALPHA supports the same powerful 12Vrms output as the existing KANN CUBE, however the player has been optimized to be more compact. The new design allows for maximum power output in a smaller, more portable device without compromise. This redesigned power circuit used in KANN ALPHA also allows us to achieve 14.5 hours of continuous playback.

KANN ALPHA boasts noise-free output thanks to an independent structure that completely blocks interference from outputs that are not being used. To minimize contact noise from the output, a gold PVD coating method is applied to the headphone connector instead of the typical rings used by other products to improve both design and function.

KANN ALPHA is the first Astell&Kern player to use Bluetooth 5.0 for high quality sound with the convenience of wireless playback. Both LDAC and aptX HD is supported to provide the best wireless sound possible. KANN ALPHA is finished with an LED volume wheel which displays various playback information, including volume level and bit-rate of the track currently playing.

Product Details
  • ColorsUrbanely Blue
  • Materials
  • Measurements
    2.68"L x 0.98"W x 4.60"H
  • OriginSouth Korea

— Warranty: Manufacturer's 1 Year Parts + Labor
— Portable High-Resolution Audio Player
— 64GB Internal Storage
— Dual ESS Sabre DACs
— Powerful 12Vrms Ultra-high Output
— Complete Separation Of Balanced Lines To Provide Noise-free Output
— Crosstalk Of 141dB And Top Notch Audio Performance
— Support For 4.4mm Balanced Output
— Native DSD
— Up to 14.5 Hours of Playback Per Charge
— Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 & 24bit Codecs (aptX HD, LDAC)
— Open APP Support for Music Streaming The Power House

— Display: 4.1inch HD 720 x 1280 Touch Display
— Supported Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, — ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
— Sample rate: PCM : 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample) / DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo
— Output Level: High: Unbalanced 6Vrms / Balanced 12Vrms (Condition No Load); Mid: Unbalanced 4Vrms / Balanced 8Vrms (Condition No Load); Low: Unbalanced 2Vrms / Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load)
— DAC: ESS ES9068AS x2 (Dual DAC)
— CPU: Quad-Core
— Decoding: Support up to 32bit / 384kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback
— Supported OS: Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up
— Input: USB Type-C input (for charging PC & MAC)
— Outputs: Unbalanced Out (3.5mm) / Optical Out(3.5mm)
— Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported 4.4m, only 5-pole supported)
— Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
— Bluetooth: V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, LDAC)
— Weight: 11.14 oz

— USB Type-C Cable
— Quick Start Guide
— Warranty Card
— 2 microSD Card Slot Covers
— Protective Film (Front x 2, Back x 2)

Is this an MP3 player?

Astell&Kern players specialize in handling a large variety of high-resolution file formats, as well as are able to process the MP3 file format.

Is it road worthy - shock resistant? Does it get hot from long periods of playtime at 100%? Is it waterproof?

The player is durable and made of quality materials, however it is recommended to take caution when using any electronics in outdoor environments.
The KANN ALPHA is not waterproof and should not come into contact with any liquid. It is also advised to avoid excessive dust, extreme heat, as well as not to drop or expose it to strong impacts including strong vibrations. A full list of safety pre-cautions are provided in our product user guides.

Does it play video as well or only audio?

The player supports audio only for the storage playback in the formats listed in the product specifications, however does have a feature called V-link under 'Services' that does allow access to YouTube where videos can be streamed.

Shipping Information
*Continental US only. Surcharges apply to HI, AK and Canada
  • Shipping Availability
    United States
  • Shipping Policy
    FREE Standard Shipping
  • Ship In
    2-3 weeks
  • Return Policy
    Final sale, not eligible for return or cancellation

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