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Astell & Kern Kann Alpha Media Player

£1,099.00

Description

Astell & Kern Kann Alpha Media Player

The powerhouse

The Alpha is the third in Astell & Kern’s acclaimed ‘Kann’ range of players – and it’s the most powerful, the most portable, the best sounding and – let’s not pretend otherwise – the best-looking Kann yet.

The power to entertain

Despite being the most compact Kann player yet, the Alpha has huge reserves of power. With an ultra-high 12Vrms output constantly on tap, it’s able to drive any headphone or IEM to significant levels without breaking sweat. Which means it’s the most adaptable digital audio player around.

Balancing act

Kann Alpha is Astell & Kern’s first player to feature a 4.4mm balanced output alongside its 2.5mm balanced and 3.5mm unbalanced sockets. This level of flexibility, along with Apha’s sky-high power output, leaves you free to use your favourite headphones secure in the knowledge that Kann Alpha is maximising their potential.

Perfect isolation

There’s no point in offering a choice of balanced lines if they share the same circuitry – that’s a recipe for noise interference and performance degradation. So they completely separated the 2.5mm and 4.4mm balanced outputs using micro relays, switching off circuitry that’s not in use and preventing noise interference.

Incredible wireless performance

To maximise your wireless listening experience, Kann Alpha is our first player to feature aptX HD Bluetooth 5.0 – range of connectivity, speed of transmission and battery life all benefit. Plus, of course, aptX HD allows wireless transmission of high resolution 24-bit digital files, for perfect A&K sound without wires.

 

Additional information

Technical Specifications

Model
KANN ALPHA

Body Color
Onyx Black

Body Material
Aluminum

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)
DACESS ES9068AS x2 (Dual DAC)

CPU
Quad-Core

Decoding
Support up to 32bit / 384kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback

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)

Dimensions
2.68 ”(68.3 mm) [W] x 4.60 ”(117 mm) [H] x 0.98 ”(25 mm) [D]

Weight
about 11.14 oz (about 316 g)

Feature Enhancements
Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)

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