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18 15% ₹ 6,238 ₹ 12,292
24 15% ₹ 4,849 ₹ 16,368
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6 13% ₹ 17,304 ₹ 3,826
9 13% ₹ 11,721 ₹ 5,494
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18 15% ₹ 6,238 ₹ 12,292
24 15% ₹ 4,849 ₹ 16,368
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3 13% ₹ 34,058 ₹ 2,174
6 14% ₹ 17,354 ₹ 4,123
9 15% ₹ 11,817 ₹ 6,353
12 15% ₹ 9,026 ₹ 8,310
18 15% ₹ 6,238 ₹ 12,292
24 15% ₹ 4,849 ₹ 16,368
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3 14% ₹ 34,114 ₹ 2,342
6 14% ₹ 17,354 ₹ 4,123
9 14% ₹ 11,769 ₹ 5,923
12 14% ₹ 8,979 ₹ 7,744
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3 13% ₹ 34,058 ₹ 2,174
6 13% ₹ 17,304 ₹ 3,826
9 14% ₹ 11,769 ₹ 5,923
12 14% ₹ 8,979 ₹ 7,744
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6 13% ₹ 17,304 ₹ 3,826
9 14% ₹ 11,769 ₹ 5,923
12 14% ₹ 8,979 ₹ 7,744
18 15% ₹ 6,238 ₹ 12,292
24 15% ₹ 4,849 ₹ 16,368
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Designed in
Korea

1 Year of
Warranty

Ideal for
Audiophiles

Best Suited for
Portable Use

Bluetooth with
LDAC & aptX HD

14.5 Hours of
Battery Life

2.5mm & 4.4mm
Balanced Output

Upto 12Vrms
Power Output

ESS ES9068AS
Dual DAC Chip

Volume
Controls

64 GB
Internal Memory

Battery Capacity of
5600 mAh

DESCRIPTION

AUDIO PLAYERS JUST GOT MORE POWERFUL

The Astell&Kern KANN series has just got more powerful with the KANN ALPHA. This Hi-Res audio player has an inbuilt headphone amplifier that can drive just about any headphone or IEM. It even offers users three different gain modes — low, mid and high. A newly redesigned power circuit ensures a noise-free output by blocking interference from outputs that are not being used and switching them off.
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TWO ESS DAC CHIPS FOR HI-RES SOUND

Two ESS ES9068AS DAC Chips are arranged in a dual-mono configuration to offer native 32bit/384kHz and DSD256 playback. To offer better sound quality, wider soundstage and stereo separation, MQA hardware has been built into the DAC for 8x rendering. This DAP also supports MQA-CD playback when playing MQA-CDs using the AK CD-Ripper. You can further adjust the sound using the DAC filters. The KANN ALPHA can be used as a USB DAC for your Windows PC or Mac.
SR25

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POWERFUL PERFORMANCE IN A COMPACT DESIGN

The KANN ALPHA offers a powerful performance in a compact design. This was achieved by miniaturising and rearranging components like resistors and capacitors. Ultra-small tantalum capacitors, developed exclusively through a collaboration with Matsuo Electric in Japan, offer a stable power supply without any electrical noise or vibrations. Crosstalk refers to the amount of signal leakage between the left and right channels. Higher the Crosstalk, better the sense of space and channel separation. This DAP offers an unmatched Crosstalk of -141dB.

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MULTIPLE CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS

The KANN ALPHA offers multiple connectivity options in wired as well as wireless mode. It features a 2.5mm balanced output and a 4.4mm NDICS Pentaconn headphone jack, a first among A&K players. Both have been completely separated via micro relays to offer a noise-free playback and have a powerful output of 12Vrms. This is also the first player in their line-up to feature Bluetooth v5.0. LDAC and Qualcomm aptX HD codecs offer lossless audio quality even while streaming wirelessly.
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STREAM AUDIO FROM ANY SERVICE OF YOUR CHOICE

Expect a seamless performance with the KANN ALPHA's quad-core processor and 5-inch HD touchscreen. Thanks to its OpenApp service and Android v9.0 OS, you can install .apk files and stream songs from a music platform of your choice including Tidal, Spotify, Amazon Music and more. When streaming offline, you can store music in the 64GB internal memory or (up to) 1TB microSD card. Expect a 14.5-hour battery life with this player. The KANN ALPHA also supports Wi-Fi, DLNA networking and a USB digital audio output.

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CREATED TO BE FUNCTIONAL & STYLISH

A gold PVD coating is applied to the headphone connectors to reduce contact noise. The volume wheel has been designed the same way as luxury Swiss watches with vibration-free processing machines for a better operating feel. It displays different coloured lights to showcase the music playback information. Over 7 different processes have been used to create a durable high-gloss ceramic top cover. A special coating has been added over the ceramic surface to keep fingerprints and smudges away from the sleek all-black finish.

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DESIGNED TO MAKE A STATEMENT

All Astell&Kern Players are known for their unique sculpture-like designs. The KANN ALPHA is no exception. While the original KANN featured an extrusion method for its aluminium body, the KANN ALPHA's aluminium body has been crafted using laser ground extension technology for the best sound quality with minimum distortion. Independent machining processing is applied to individual areas to create small patterns and fine lines that enhance the look of the player.

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SPECS

GENERAL 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)
DAC ESS 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)
WIFI 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
BLUETOOTH V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, LDAC)
MQA PLAYBACK Services(Tidal Masters), Local files, External USB, MQA-CD(ripped)
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 ENHANCEMENT Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
AUDIO PERFORMANCE
FREQUENCY RESPONSE ±0.021dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced / ±0.024dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced
±0.21dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz) Unbalanced / ±0.155dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz) Balanced
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO 116dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 117dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
CROSSTALK -128dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / -136dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
THD+N 0.0003% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Balanced
IMD SAMPTE 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalanced / 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Balanced
OUTPUT IMEDANCE Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (0.8ohm) / Balanced out 2.5mm (2.0ohm), 4.4mm(1.8ohm)
CLOCK SOURCE
CLOCK JITTER 25ps(Typ)
REFRENCE CLOCK JITTER 250 Femto Seconds(VCXO)
BATTERY
CAPACITY 5,600mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery
CONTINUOUS PLAYBACK About 14.5 hours (Standard : FLAC, 16bit, 44.1kHz, Vol.80, LCD Off, Low Gain)
CHARGE TIME About 3.5 hours (9V/1.67A Fast Charging) / 5hours (5V/2A General Charging)
MEMORY
BUILT IN MEMORY 64GB [NAND]
EXTERNAL MEMORY microSD (Max. 1TB) x1
OS
SUPPORTED OS Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS 1. Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA Digital Audio Player
2. USB Type-C Cable x 1
3. Quick Start Guide x 1
4. Warranty Card x 1
5. microSD Card Slot Cover x 2
6. Protective Film (Front x 2, Back x 2)


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DAC Chip 2x ESS ES9068AS 2x Cirrus Logic CS43198 1x ESS ES9038PRO 1x AKM AK4499EQ &
2x ESS ES9068AS
CPU Quad-Core Quad-Core Octa-Core Octa-Core
Screen Size 4.1" HD Screen 3.6" LCD 5" FHD 5" LCD
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
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
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
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
Battery Life 14.5 Hours 21 Hours 10.5 Hours 10 Hours
Balanced Outputs 2.5 mm & 4.4 mm of Bal Output 2.5 mm Bal. Output 2.5 mm & 4.4 mm Bal Output 2.5 mm Bal Output
USB Interface Type-C, Micro USB Type-C, Micro USB Type-C, Micro USB Type-C, Micro USB
Internal Storage 65 GB 64 GB 256 GB 256 GB
External Storage MicroSD (Max. 1TB) X1 MicroSD (Max. 1TB) X1 MicroSD (Max. 1TB) X1 MicroSD (Max. 1TB) X1
Output Power Upto 12Vrms Power Output Upto 4.0 Vrms Power Output Upto 6Vrms Power Output Upto 6Vrms Power Output
Bluetooth Version V5.0 V4.2 V5.0 V4.2
Bluetooth Codecs (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® AptX™ HD, LDAC) (A2DP, AVRCP, AptXTM HD, LDAC) (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® AptX™ HD, LDAC) (A2DP, AVRCP, AptXTM HD)
WiFi
Tidal Streaming
Downloadable Apps
MQA Support
Inputs USB Type-C Input (For Charging PC & MAC) USB Type-C Input (For PC & MAC) USB Type-C Input (For Charging PC & MAC) USB Type-C Input (For PC & MAC)
In The Box 1. Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA Digital Audio Player
2. USB Type-C Cable X 1
3. Quick Start Guide X 1
4. Warranty Card X 1
5. MicroSD Card Slot Cover X 2
6. Protective Film (Front X 2, Back X 2)
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2. USB Type-C Cable X 1
3. MicroSD Card Slot Cover X 2
4. Protective Film (Front X 2, Back X 2)
5. Quick Start Guide X 1
6. Warranty Card X 1
1. Astell&Kern A&Futura SE180
2. 1 X SEM1 ESS ES9038PRO DAC Module
3. 1 X USB-C To USB-A Cable (1 Metre)
4. 3 X Screen Protectors
5. 1 X Quick Start Guide
1. Astell&Kern A&Futura SE200
2. USB Type-C Cable
3. Quick Start Guide
4. Warranty Card
5. 2x MicroSD Card Slot Cover
6. Protective Film (2x Front, 2x Back)
Expert Verdict The battery will outlast a road-trip, the power handling is glorious, and the stylish, rock-solid build is (just about) small enough to take with you on your travels."
WHAT HI FI
"The SR25’s design blends aesthetics with user convenience and features an aluminium body that suppresses noise and improves sound quality."
AVS FORUM
The newly introduced BT Sink function connects the SE180 to an external device, such as your smartphone, via BT, enabling you to take advantage of the A&K's DAC while playing from your phone's library."
Steronet
"The SE200 is a world first in that it features two audiophile-calibre Sabre ESS9068AS DACs (in a dual DAC configuration), alongside a single AKM4499EQ (last seen in the flagship SP2000)."
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