Astell & Kern KANN CUBE High-Resolution Digital Audio Player (Wolf Gray)

Astell & Kern
S$2,348.99
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KANN CUBE is the second model from the KANN line, which focuses on high fidelity with powerful output and low noise. This player is designed to offer a very low noise floor, even with its massive power output.

Design concept
The isolated sides of the rectangles on KANN CUBE are not simply for looks. They emphasize the role of the device by placing the player's functions in the correct place for a more intuitive interface and better usability, while also providing a sense of aesthetic stability.

Design philosophy
The pursuit of connectivity and consistency of form and function is at the core of Astell&Kern's design philosophy.
Combining Astell&Kern's player performance with the high-powered AMP, KANN Cube can produce the most powerful performance in the Astell&Kern player lineup and is designed to deliver a heavy and solid impression.

The Absolute Audio Powerhouse
KANN CUBE offers 3 different power output options of High / Mid / Low, which can drive any headphone with unprecedented power never seen before in any portable device - 12Vrms for Balanced output and 6Vrms for Unbalanced output. To provide a natural and neutral audio experience with minimal distortion, a newly designed OP Amp and Volume IC manages power optimally and efficiently. A comparison of outputs of KANN CUBE vs. KANN vs. AK380+AMP

ESS ES9038PRO SABRE Dual DAC
KANN CUBE uses two 8-channel DACs, the ES9038PRO, one for the left and one for the right channel. As each DAC chip sends out 8 channels of audio signal through the Astell&Kern Analog AMP Block, you experience unlimited sound stage and the full depth of the original performance.

The ESS SABRE PRO series of Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) is targeted for premium audiophile and professional recording studio equipment. The SABRE PRO series sets a new benchmark in high-end audio by offering the industry's highest dynamic range (DNR) with impressively low levels of total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N) in a 32-bit, 8-channel DAC. All PRO SABRE DACs feature ESS's patented 32-bit HyperStream DAC technology which delivers outstanding sound quality and industry leading performance.

5-pin Mini XLR output for even less noise
KANN CUBE offers a 5-pin mini XLR connector for the first time in an Astell&Kern player. Thanks to the even lower noise floor and higher audio output through the XLR connection, you can enjoy pure, clear audio playback. It offers easier connection to your home audio systems and active speakers with balanced connections.

Master Quality Authenticated
MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. Visit mqa.co.uk for more information. Astell&Kern KANN CUBE includes MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording.

Technical Specifications

  • Model: KANN CUBE
  • Body Color: Wolf Gray
  • Body Material: Aluminum
  • Display: 5inch (720 x 1,280) Touch display
  • Supported Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
  • MQA playback Service: (Tidal Masters), Local files, External USB, MQA-CD(ripped)
  • 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: [Phone Out] High: Unbalanced 6Vrms / Balanced 12Vrms (Condition No Load), Mid: Unbalanced 4Vrms / Balanced 8Vrms (Condition No Load), Low: Unbalanced 2Vrms / Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load) [XLR Out]
  • 4Vrms (Condition No Load)
  • DAC: ESS ES9038PRO SABRE 8channel x2 (Dual DAC)
  • Decoding: Support up to 32bit / 384kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback
  • Input: USB Type-C input (for PC & MAC)
  • Outputs: Unbalanced Out (3.5mm) / Optical Out (3.5mm) / Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported) / XLR Out (Mini 5pin)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
  • Bluetooth: V4.1 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptXTM HD)
  • Dimensions: 3.45 ”(87.75 mm) [W] x 5.51 ”(140 mm) [H] x 1.24 ”(31.5 mm) [D]
  • Weight: 17.3 oz (493 g)
  • Feature Enhancements: Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)

1 year warranty from date of purchase. Headphones SG is a Astell & Kern authorised reseller. All Astell & Kern products purchased through Headphones SG is eligible for warranty.