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Engineered to Powerful Perfection

The KANN series is a portable player lineup loved by audiophiles all over the world for its performance focused on high output and clear sound. KANN MAX, the fourth product in the KANN series, builds on the advantages of the KANN series with higher output and portability. It provides 4 levels of gain and up to 15Vrms output so that a wide array of headphones can be driven in an optimal state.

By integrating the proven design of the KANN series into a lighter weight and smaller sized player, we have realized both ultra-high output and low noise. KANN MAX features ESS ES9038Q2M Quad-DAC together with Astell&Kern's unique audio technology to provide the best performance you can feel from a portable DAP.

  • 4-step gain level with maximum 15Vrms output
  • Perfect circuit design with ultra-high output and low noise in an even smaller sized player
  • Equipped with ESS ES9038Q2M Quad-DAC that reproduces clear, exceptional output
  • TERATON ALPHA, the epitome of Astell&Kern audio technology
  • 32-bit/768kHz, Native DSD512 support
  • Bluetooth 5.0 and 24-bit codec (Qualcomm® aptX™ HD , LDAC) support
  • ReplayGain that automatically adjusts volume to be consistent across tracks

Ultra-High Output in a Smaller Size Device

KANN MAX takes the identity of the series to the next level to provide a perfect experience with high power and clear sound.
It provides 4 stages of gain level and ultra-high output of up to 15Vrms, which was previously only possible with a stationary headphone amplifier.

KANN MAX can perfectly drive even the most sophisticated headphones with high impedance.

KANN MAX offers a smaller size and weight than the KANN APLHA player, which boasted the best portability in the existing KANN series.

Although smaller in size, all power-related components have been analyzed and the power circuit has been redesigned several times to achieve 13 hours of continuous playback.

32-bit/768kHz, Native DSD512 Support

Bit-to-bit playback is available up to 32-bit/768Hz, and DSD playback is native up to 22.4MHz, for uncompressed sound quality, staying true to the artist’s original intention, in high-resolution and with minimal distortion.

Equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 and Support for Wireless 24-bit aptX™-HD, LDAC Codecs

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 high-quality sound even when listening wirelessly.

Specs

  • Body Material 

    Aluminum

  • Display 

    4.1-inch 720 x 1280 touch screen

  • Supported Audio Formats 

    WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA

  • Sample Rate 

    PCM : 8kHz ~ 768kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample)
    DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), DSD512(1bit, 22.4MHz) Stereo

  • Output Level 

    [Low] Unbalanced 2Vrms / Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load),
    [Mid] Unbalanced 4Vrms / Balanced 8Vrms (Condition No Load),
    [High] Unbalanced 6Vrms / Balanced 12Vrms (Condition No Load),
    [Super] Unbalanced 8Vrms / Balanced 15Vrms (Condition No Load)

  • CPU 

    Quad-core

  • DAC 

    ESS ES9038Q2M x4 (Quad-DAC)

  • Decoding 

    Support up to 32-bit/768kHz 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)

  • Wi-Fi 

    802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)

  • Bluetooth 

    V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, LDAC)

  • Dimensions 

    2.68"(68.3mm)[W] x 4.6"(117mm)[H] x 0.92"(23.6mm)[D]

  • Weight 

    about 10.76oz (305g)

  • Feature Enhancements 

    Firmware upgrade supported (OTA)

  • Operating Temperature 

    0℃ ~ + 40℃ (32℉~ 104℉)

  • Frequency Response 

    ±0.023dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced │ ±0.026dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced
    ±0.035dB (Condition : 20Hz~70kHz) Unbalanced │ ±0.072dB (Condition : 20Hz~70kHz) Balanced

  • S/N 

    114dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 115dB @ 1kHz, Balanced

  • Crosstalk 

    -124dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ -135dB @ 1kHz, Balanced

  • THD+N 

    0.0003% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 0.0004% @ 1kHz, Balanced

  • IMD SMPTE 

    0.0007% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Unbalanced │ 0.0007% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Balanced

  • Output Impedance 

    Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (1ohm) │ Balanced Out 2.5mm (1.6ohm), 4.4mm (1.6ohm)

  • Capacity 

    5,600mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer

  • Charge Time 

    about 3.5 hours (9V 1.67A Fast Charging) | 5.5hours (5V 2A General Charging)

  • Playback Time 

    about 13 hours (Standard: FLAC, 16bit, 44.1kHz, Unbalanced, Vol.40, LCD Off, LED On, Low Gain)

  • Built-in Memory 

    64GB [NAND]

  • External Memory 

    microSD x1 (Max. 1TB)

User Manual

Dreamus USB Audio Device Driver

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ENGINEERED TO POWERFUL PERFECTION
4-step gain level with maximum 15Vrms output
QUAD DAC
Equipped with ESS ES9038Q2M Quad-DAC that reproduces clear, exceptional output
RESOLUTION
32-bit/768kHz,
Native DSD512 support
CIRCUITRY
Perfect circuit design with ultra-high output and low noise in an even smaller sized player
BLUETOOTH
Bluetooth 5.0 and 24-bit codec (Qualcomm® aptX™ HD , LDAC) support
DISPLAY
Display 4.1-inch 720 x 1280 touch screen
ENGINEERED TO POWERFUL PERFECTION
4-step gain level with maximum 15Vrms output
QUAD DAC
Equipped with ESS ES9038Q2M Quad-DAC that reproduces clear, exceptional output
RESOLUTION
32-bit/768kHz,
Native DSD512 support
CIRCUITRY
Perfect circuit design with ultra-high output and low noise in an even smaller sized player
BLUETOOTH
Bluetooth 5.0 and 24-bit codec (Qualcomm® aptX™ HD , LDAC) support
DISPLAY
Display 4.1-inch 720 x 1280 touch screen

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A reddot winner of 2022 the KANN series is a portable player lineup loved by audiophiles all over the world for its performance focused on high output and clear sound.

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Dylan Crane
Brand Manager

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Product Description

Line Circle

Engineered to Powerful Perfection

The KANN series is a portable player lineup loved by audiophiles all over the world for its performance focused on high output and clear sound. KANN MAX, the fourth product in the KANN series, builds on the advantages of the KANN series with higher output and portability. It provides 4 levels of gain and up to 15Vrms output so that a wide array of headphones can be driven in an optimal state.

By integrating the proven design of the KANN series into a lighter weight and smaller sized player, we have realized both ultra-high output and low noise. KANN MAX features ESS ES9038Q2M Quad-DAC together with Astell&Kern's unique audio technology to provide the best performance you can feel from a portable DAP.

  • 4-step gain level with maximum 15Vrms output
  • Perfect circuit design with ultra-high output and low noise in an even smaller sized player
  • Equipped with ESS ES9038Q2M Quad-DAC that reproduces clear, exceptional output
  • TERATON ALPHA, the epitome of Astell&Kern audio technology
  • 32-bit/768kHz, Native DSD512 support
  • Bluetooth 5.0 and 24-bit codec (Qualcomm® aptX™ HD , LDAC) support
  • ReplayGain that automatically adjusts volume to be consistent across tracks

Ultra-High Output in a Smaller Size Device

KANN MAX takes the identity of the series to the next level to provide a perfect experience with high power and clear sound.
It provides 4 stages of gain level and ultra-high output of up to 15Vrms, which was previously only possible with a stationary headphone amplifier.

KANN MAX can perfectly drive even the most sophisticated headphones with high impedance.

KANN MAX offers a smaller size and weight than the KANN APLHA player, which boasted the best portability in the existing KANN series.

Although smaller in size, all power-related components have been analyzed and the power circuit has been redesigned several times to achieve 13 hours of continuous playback.

32-bit/768kHz, Native DSD512 Support

Bit-to-bit playback is available up to 32-bit/768Hz, and DSD playback is native up to 22.4MHz, for uncompressed sound quality, staying true to the artist’s original intention, in high-resolution and with minimal distortion.

Equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 and Support for Wireless 24-bit aptX™-HD, LDAC Codecs

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 high-quality sound even when listening wirelessly.

Specs

  • Body Material 

    Aluminum

  • Display 

    4.1-inch 720 x 1280 touch screen

  • Supported Audio Formats 

    WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA

  • Sample Rate 

    PCM : 8kHz ~ 768kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample)
    DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), DSD512(1bit, 22.4MHz) Stereo

  • Output Level 

    [Low] Unbalanced 2Vrms / Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load),
    [Mid] Unbalanced 4Vrms / Balanced 8Vrms (Condition No Load),
    [High] Unbalanced 6Vrms / Balanced 12Vrms (Condition No Load),
    [Super] Unbalanced 8Vrms / Balanced 15Vrms (Condition No Load)

  • CPU 

    Quad-core

  • DAC 

    ESS ES9038Q2M x4 (Quad-DAC)

  • Decoding 

    Support up to 32-bit/768kHz 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)

  • Wi-Fi 

    802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)

  • Bluetooth 

    V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, LDAC)

  • Dimensions 

    2.68"(68.3mm)[W] x 4.6"(117mm)[H] x 0.92"(23.6mm)[D]

  • Weight 

    about 10.76oz (305g)

  • Feature Enhancements 

    Firmware upgrade supported (OTA)

  • Operating Temperature 

    0℃ ~ + 40℃ (32℉~ 104℉)

  • Frequency Response 

    ±0.023dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced │ ±0.026dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced
    ±0.035dB (Condition : 20Hz~70kHz) Unbalanced │ ±0.072dB (Condition : 20Hz~70kHz) Balanced

  • S/N 

    114dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 115dB @ 1kHz, Balanced

  • Crosstalk 

    -124dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ -135dB @ 1kHz, Balanced

  • THD+N 

    0.0003% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 0.0004% @ 1kHz, Balanced

  • IMD SMPTE 

    0.0007% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Unbalanced │ 0.0007% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Balanced

  • Output Impedance 

    Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (1ohm) │ Balanced Out 2.5mm (1.6ohm), 4.4mm (1.6ohm)

  • Capacity 

    5,600mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer

  • Charge Time 

    about 3.5 hours (9V 1.67A Fast Charging) | 5.5hours (5V 2A General Charging)

  • Playback Time 

    about 13 hours (Standard: FLAC, 16bit, 44.1kHz, Unbalanced, Vol.40, LCD Off, LED On, Low Gain)

  • Built-in Memory 

    64GB [NAND]

  • External Memory 

    microSD x1 (Max. 1TB)

User Manual

Dreamus USB Audio Device Driver

Features & Specsdown arrow

Features & Specs Line Circle

ENGINEERED TO POWERFUL PERFECTION
4-step gain level with maximum 15Vrms output
QUAD DAC
Equipped with ESS ES9038Q2M Quad-DAC that reproduces clear, exceptional output
RESOLUTION
32-bit/768kHz,
Native DSD512 support
CIRCUITRY
Perfect circuit design with ultra-high output and low noise in an even smaller sized player
BLUETOOTH
Bluetooth 5.0 and 24-bit codec (Qualcomm® aptX™ HD , LDAC) support
DISPLAY
Display 4.1-inch 720 x 1280 touch screen
ENGINEERED TO POWERFUL PERFECTION
4-step gain level with maximum 15Vrms output
QUAD DAC
Equipped with ESS ES9038Q2M Quad-DAC that reproduces clear, exceptional output
RESOLUTION
32-bit/768kHz,
Native DSD512 support
CIRCUITRY
Perfect circuit design with ultra-high output and low noise in an even smaller sized player
BLUETOOTH
Bluetooth 5.0 and 24-bit codec (Qualcomm® aptX™ HD , LDAC) support
DISPLAY
Display 4.1-inch 720 x 1280 touch screen
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Expert Insight

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A reddot winner of 2022 the KANN series is a portable player lineup loved by audiophiles all over the world for its performance focused on high output and clear sound.

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Dylan Crane
Brand Manager
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