Astell&Kern KANN portable high-res audio
25th April 2017
Based upon the AKM AK4490 DAC, the new Kane supports native DSD playback up to DSD256 (11.2mHz) with PCM audio playback up to 32bit/382kHz
Its built-in amp offers a normal/high gain switch while the unit is able to offer the lowest output impedance of any Astell&Kern portable high-res audio players: single-ended 3.5mm: 0.65 Ohms / Balanced out 2.5mm: 1.3 Ohms.
With a USB Type-C included for charging and data transfer plus a micro USB for USB audio out and USB DAC, the chassis also holds a dedicated Line Out (2.5mm balanced and 3.5mm single-ended).
Storage is handled with 64GB internal flash memory plus support for a micro SD card up to 256GB and full size SD card support up to 512GB.
Other features include aptX HD Bluetooth codec support and a touch screen screen spanning 102mm with a WVGA 800 x 480 resolution.
The battery, a 6,200mAh 3.7V Li-Polymer Battery will last up to 15 hours. Expect a 1 May 2017 release, price is $999.
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