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KANN ALPHA - The Power House

KANN ALPHA, the third product in the KANN series, which is loved by audiophiles around the world, was designed to solve the problem of providing ultra high power output in a digital audio player, while ensuring a compact design.

While the goal of the Astell&Kern KANN line is to provide high power output to drive any headphone or IEM, KANN ALPHA has not forgotten the essence of being a portable DAP, so you can enjoy a near-perfect sound experience wherever you are.

Astell&Kern’s First DAP to Feature 4.4mm Balanced Output Port, Completely Noise-Free

The newly introduced feature of the 4.4mm balanced output port is exciting, however, the most important part is how we implemented it.

Unlike other manufacturer’s products, KANN ALPHA has physically separated the 2.5mm and 4.4mm outputs using micro relays.

When 2.5mm and 4.4mm structures are connected to the general mute circuit they do not prevent noise interference that may occur because each signal is not properly blocked.

KANN ALPHA boasts noise-free output because we built in an independent structure that completely blocks interference from outputs that are not being used and to be switched off therefore preventing the noise from occurring.

Gold PVD Coating Method

In addition, to minimize contact noise from the output, a gold PVD coating method is applied to the headphone connector instead of the typical rings used by other products. This improves both design and function.

By adopting NDICS' Pentaconn 4.4mm connector, KANN ALPHA not only satisfies the requests of users, but the implementation boasts excellent quality and durability.

The Highest Level of Channel Separation (Crosstalk)

KANN ALPHA boasts excellent performance measurement for crosstalk. Channel crosstalk is how much signal leaking there is between the L and R channels.

The higher the crosstalk number, the better the separation between channels and the deeper and wider the sense of space that can be felt.

As evident with the newly developed audio circuit design, KANN ALPHA features a never before seen Crosstalk measurement of -141dB (high gain), which is unmatched by any other portable audio products in its class.

Powerful 12Vrms Output With 14 ½ Hours of Continuous Playback

KANN ALPHA supports the same powerful 12Vrms output as the existing KANN CUBE, however the player has been optimized to be more compact.

This is achieved through the miniaturization of numerous parts such as resistors and capacitors, by rearranging various components and through circuit optimization. This resulted in the modification of more than 60 parts during the development process.

The new design allows us to provide maximum power output in a smaller, more compact portable device without compromise. 

A stable power supply is extremely important with the added power output to not affect the sound of a high resolution audio device.  

If vibration or noise is produced when power is supplied to the player, the sound becomes adversely affected by power noise.

Ultra-small tantalum capacitors, which were developed exclusively for Astell&Kern through a collaboration with Matsuo Electric in Japan to meet our high performance requirements, supply stable power to the player and suppress electrical noise. 

This redesigned power circuit used in KANN ALPHA also allows us to achieve 14 ½ hours of continuous playback.

Equipped With Bluetooth 5.0 and Support for Wireless 24-Bit aptX-HD, LDAC Codecs

KANN ALPHA is the first Astell&Kern player to use Bluetooth 5.0. The latest Bluetooth version provides high sound quality with the convenience of wireless playback to headphones and IEMs.

Bluetooth 5.0 features faster transmission speed and greater range compared to Bluetooth 4.2, therefore providing a more stable wireless connection.

Both LDAC and aptX HD is supported to provide audiophiles with the best wireless sound possible.

The high-quality sound that Astell&Kern is known for can now be heard when using Bluetooth earphones, headphones, and speakers.

Real-Time Information Confirmed by Light

KANN ALPHA features a LED volume wheel which displays various playback information, including volume level and bit-rate of the track currently playing.

Support for MQA 8x Rendering and MQA-CD

MQA hardware rendering is built into the ES9068AS DACs and supports MQA 8x rendering.

MQA-CD playback is also supported on KANN ALPHA when playing MQA-CDs using the AK CD-Ripper. You now do not need special, expensive equipment to play back master quality audio CDs. 

Enjoy the original master sound through the dedicated hardware renderer installed in KANN ALPHA.

 

MQA and the Sound Wave Device are registered trade marks of MQA Limited. © MQA Limited 2016

 


Qualcomm® aptX™ HD is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.
Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries.
Qualcomm® aptX™ HD is a trademark of Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., registered in the United States and other countries.

Roon Ready Support

Roon Ready network players
Roon Ready network players from our partners have Roon’s high-resolution streaming technology built right in.
They combine simple setup, daily reliability, and support for the highest level of digital audio performance in the industry.

Every Roon Ready player is certified by Roon to guarantee the same stellar experience, regardless of its manufacturer, its price, or its features.

KANN ALPHA CASE

he KANN ALPHA leather case is featured in two colors that best match the concept of the product.

The case is designed to cover the entire product with a secure fit, not only providing the best grip of the player while holding it, but also a high level of protection.

KANN ALPHA cases are made of the finest Italian vegetable tanned leather which provides a sense of luxury and exceptional design including its fit and color. The interior of the case is finished with a soft material for enhanced protection throughout.

Conceria Puccini Attilio, established in 1986, has been in business for three generations. Specializing in cowhide, they continue to use unique and creative tanning technology to produce the finest quality leather goods.

Conceria Puccini Attilio only uses luxury leather imported from the best farms in France, Sweden, and Switzerland, all of which guarantee a leather of the highest quality. It is manufactured using a vegetable tanning process which allows it to remain soft and retain its natural characteristics and appearance. The tannery’s manufacturing method is environmentally friendly and exclusively uses extracted tannins from plants such as chestnut, mimosa and quebracho. This method has traditionally been used in Toscano, Italy and is still used today.

KANN ALPHA User Manual

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DISPLAY
4.1" HD 720 x 1280 touchscreen display
SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATS
WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
CPU
Quad-Core
DAC
ESS ES9068AS x 2 (Dual DAC)
BLUETOOTH
V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm aptX-HD, LDAC)
MEMORY
Built-in Memory: 64GB [NAND]
External Memory: microSD (Max. 1TB) x 1
DISPLAY
4.1" HD 720 x 1280 touchscreen display
SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATS
WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
CPU
Quad-Core
DAC
ESS ES9068AS x 2 (Dual DAC)
BLUETOOTH
V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm aptX-HD, LDAC)
MEMORY
Built-in Memory: 64GB [NAND]
External Memory: microSD (Max. 1TB) x 1
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KANN ALPHA - The Power House

KANN ALPHA, the third product in the KANN series, which is loved by audiophiles around the world, was designed to solve the problem of providing ultra high power output in a digital audio player, while ensuring a compact design.

While the goal of the Astell&Kern KANN line is to provide high power output to drive any headphone or IEM, KANN ALPHA has not forgotten the essence of being a portable DAP, so you can enjoy a near-perfect sound experience wherever you are.

Astell&Kern’s First DAP to Feature 4.4mm Balanced Output Port, Completely Noise-Free

The newly introduced feature of the 4.4mm balanced output port is exciting, however, the most important part is how we implemented it.

Unlike other manufacturer’s products, KANN ALPHA has physically separated the 2.5mm and 4.4mm outputs using micro relays.

When 2.5mm and 4.4mm structures are connected to the general mute circuit they do not prevent noise interference that may occur because each signal is not properly blocked.

KANN ALPHA boasts noise-free output because we built in an independent structure that completely blocks interference from outputs that are not being used and to be switched off therefore preventing the noise from occurring.

Gold PVD Coating Method

In addition, to minimize contact noise from the output, a gold PVD coating method is applied to the headphone connector instead of the typical rings used by other products. This improves both design and function.

By adopting NDICS' Pentaconn 4.4mm connector, KANN ALPHA not only satisfies the requests of users, but the implementation boasts excellent quality and durability.

The Highest Level of Channel Separation (Crosstalk)

KANN ALPHA boasts excellent performance measurement for crosstalk. Channel crosstalk is how much signal leaking there is between the L and R channels.

The higher the crosstalk number, the better the separation between channels and the deeper and wider the sense of space that can be felt.

As evident with the newly developed audio circuit design, KANN ALPHA features a never before seen Crosstalk measurement of -141dB (high gain), which is unmatched by any other portable audio products in its class.

Powerful 12Vrms Output With 14 ½ Hours of Continuous Playback

KANN ALPHA supports the same powerful 12Vrms output as the existing KANN CUBE, however the player has been optimized to be more compact.

This is achieved through the miniaturization of numerous parts such as resistors and capacitors, by rearranging various components and through circuit optimization. This resulted in the modification of more than 60 parts during the development process.

The new design allows us to provide maximum power output in a smaller, more compact portable device without compromise. 

A stable power supply is extremely important with the added power output to not affect the sound of a high resolution audio device.  

If vibration or noise is produced when power is supplied to the player, the sound becomes adversely affected by power noise.

Ultra-small tantalum capacitors, which were developed exclusively for Astell&Kern through a collaboration with Matsuo Electric in Japan to meet our high performance requirements, supply stable power to the player and suppress electrical noise. 

This redesigned power circuit used in KANN ALPHA also allows us to achieve 14 ½ hours of continuous playback.

Equipped With Bluetooth 5.0 and Support for Wireless 24-Bit aptX-HD, LDAC Codecs

KANN ALPHA is the first Astell&Kern player to use Bluetooth 5.0. The latest Bluetooth version provides high sound quality with the convenience of wireless playback to headphones and IEMs.

Bluetooth 5.0 features faster transmission speed and greater range compared to Bluetooth 4.2, therefore providing a more stable wireless connection.

Both LDAC and aptX HD is supported to provide audiophiles with the best wireless sound possible.

The high-quality sound that Astell&Kern is known for can now be heard when using Bluetooth earphones, headphones, and speakers.

Real-Time Information Confirmed by Light

KANN ALPHA features a LED volume wheel which displays various playback information, including volume level and bit-rate of the track currently playing.

Support for MQA 8x Rendering and MQA-CD

MQA hardware rendering is built into the ES9068AS DACs and supports MQA 8x rendering.

MQA-CD playback is also supported on KANN ALPHA when playing MQA-CDs using the AK CD-Ripper. You now do not need special, expensive equipment to play back master quality audio CDs. 

Enjoy the original master sound through the dedicated hardware renderer installed in KANN ALPHA.

 

MQA and the Sound Wave Device are registered trade marks of MQA Limited. © MQA Limited 2016

 


Qualcomm® aptX™ HD is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.
Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries.
Qualcomm® aptX™ HD is a trademark of Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., registered in the United States and other countries.

Roon Ready Support

Roon Ready network players
Roon Ready network players from our partners have Roon’s high-resolution streaming technology built right in.
They combine simple setup, daily reliability, and support for the highest level of digital audio performance in the industry.

Every Roon Ready player is certified by Roon to guarantee the same stellar experience, regardless of its manufacturer, its price, or its features.

KANN ALPHA CASE

he KANN ALPHA leather case is featured in two colors that best match the concept of the product.

The case is designed to cover the entire product with a secure fit, not only providing the best grip of the player while holding it, but also a high level of protection.

KANN ALPHA cases are made of the finest Italian vegetable tanned leather which provides a sense of luxury and exceptional design including its fit and color. The interior of the case is finished with a soft material for enhanced protection throughout.

Conceria Puccini Attilio, established in 1986, has been in business for three generations. Specializing in cowhide, they continue to use unique and creative tanning technology to produce the finest quality leather goods.

Conceria Puccini Attilio only uses luxury leather imported from the best farms in France, Sweden, and Switzerland, all of which guarantee a leather of the highest quality. It is manufactured using a vegetable tanning process which allows it to remain soft and retain its natural characteristics and appearance. The tannery’s manufacturing method is environmentally friendly and exclusively uses extracted tannins from plants such as chestnut, mimosa and quebracho. This method has traditionally been used in Toscano, Italy and is still used today.

KANN ALPHA User Manual

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DISPLAY
4.1" HD 720 x 1280 touchscreen display
SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATS
WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
CPU
Quad-Core
DAC
ESS ES9068AS x 2 (Dual DAC)
BLUETOOTH
V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm aptX-HD, LDAC)
MEMORY
Built-in Memory: 64GB [NAND]
External Memory: microSD (Max. 1TB) x 1
DISPLAY
4.1" HD 720 x 1280 touchscreen display
SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATS
WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
CPU
Quad-Core
DAC
ESS ES9068AS x 2 (Dual DAC)
BLUETOOTH
V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm aptX-HD, LDAC)
MEMORY
Built-in Memory: 64GB [NAND]
External Memory: microSD (Max. 1TB) x 1
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