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Astell&Kern - KANN ALPHA

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Designed in
Korea

Ideal for Casual
Music Listening

Ideal for
Audiophiles

Best Suited for
Portable Use

1 Year of
Warranty

Volume
Controls

Bluetooth with
LDAC & aptX HD

14.5 Hours of
Battery Life

Balanced
Output

64 GB
of Internal Memory

Battery Capacity of
5600 mAh

2x ESS Sabre ES9068AS
DAC Chips

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.
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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


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COMPARISONS

Astell&Kern - KANN ALPHA vs competitors
Astell&Kern - KANN ALPHA Astell&Kern - KANN ALPHA vs competitors
₹ 89,999/-

Cayin N6iivs competitors
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₹ 84,990/- ₹ 99,990

Astell&Kern SA700vs competitors
Astell&Kern SA700 Astell&Kern SA700 vs competitors
₹ 99,990/- ₹ 119,990

Astell&Kern SP2000vs competitors
Astell&Kern SP2000 Astell&Kern SP2000 vs competitors
₹ 249,990/- ₹ 269,990

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Screen Size 4.1inch 4.2inch 4.1inch 5.0inch
Weight 316g 290g 303g 410.8g
DAC Chip 2x ESS Sabre ES9068AS AK4497EQ AKM AK4492ECB AKM AK4499EQ
Sample Rate 32/384khz 32Bit/384kHz 32bit / 384kHz 32bit/768kHz
Battery Life 14.5 Hours 14 Hours 9 Hours 8 Hours
Balanced Outputs Unbalanced: 3.5mm
Balanced: 2.5mm & 4.4mm
4.4mm 2.5 mm Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported)
Digital Outputs USB-C & Optical 3.5mm Coaxial, L2S & USB-C USB-C USB-C & Optical 3.5mm
Balanced Outputs 64 GB 65 GB 128 GB 512 GB
External Storage 1 x microSD 1 x microSD 1 x microSD 1 x microSD
Output level Unbalanced: 6Vrms
Balanced 12Vrms
32Ω: 245mW
150Ω: 64mW
300Ω: 32mW
Unbalanced: 2.0Vrms 
Balanced 4.0Vrms
Unbalanced: 3.0Vrms
Balanced 6.0Vrms
Signal to Noise Ratio Balanced 116dB
Unbalanced 117dB
Balanced 121dB
Unbalanced 119dB
Balanced: 123dB
Unbalanced:122dB
Balanced 125dB
Unbalanced 124dB
Bluetooth Version v5.0 v4.2 v4.2 v4.1
Bluetooth Codecs LDAC & aptX HD LDAC, AAC, SBC & aptX aptX HD aptX HD
Tidal Streaming
Downloadable Apps
MQA Support
Expert Verdict
"The A01 motherboard taps into Cayin’s house sound or preference for something slightly richer, sweeter and an all-round performance that will appeal to a very wide audience indeed."
Headfonics
"A sublime musical experience awaits the well-heeled audiophile. A near perfect marriage of industrial design and intoxicating sound make SA700 a superb high-res digital audio player by any measure."
Tech Hive
"The Astell&Kern SP2000 is very precise and detailed, it also delivers music with a fast pace. The Bass is tight, fast and detailed with good layering."
Heafonia

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