Astell&Kern KANN CUBE \ Powerhouse Digital Audio Player
Astell&Kern KANN CUBE \ Powerhouse Digital Audio Player
Astell&Kern KANN CUBE \ Powerhouse Digital Audio Player
Astell&Kern KANN CUBE \ Powerhouse Digital Audio Player
Astell&Kern KANN CUBE \ Powerhouse Digital Audio Player

Astell&Kern KANN CUBE \ Powerhouse Digital Audio Player

Regular price $1,499.00
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Our Take 
Sweet Baby Moses! You've never seen a beefy boy quite like the KANN CUBE. When we first set our eyes on this juggernaut, our mouth dropped in awe of its magnificence. If you're looking for massive power with brilliant sound quality, look no further that this. Just don't expect to fit it in your skinny jeans any time soon.

From Astell&Kern 
KANN CUBE is the second model of the KANN line, which focuses on high fidelity with powerful output and low noise. The newly designed powerful amplifier and audio circuitry have been strategically implemented to offer a very low noise floor, even with its massive power output, making it an Audio Powerhouse capable of driving the most power-hungry headphones.

  • Three Audio Output Modes
  • Up to 12V of PowerDual ESS ES9038PRO DACs, designed for Pro Audio Equipment
  • 5-pin Mini XLR Output for Even Less Noise
  • Quad-Core CPU5.0" 720x1280 HD Touchscreen
  • 32bit/384kHz, Native DSD256 Support
  • Open APP Support for Music Streaming

    Introducing the Astell&Kern KANN CUBE, which achieves a more powerful output and lower noise than ever before.

    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.

    ESS ES9038PRO SABRE Dual DACs

    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.

    About ESS SABRE PRO DAC

    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.

    ESS DAC Line-Up

    ESS has two major lines of DAC chips – the ‘SABER PRO’ for audiophile systems and ‘SABER HIFI’ for mobile devices, such as the LG V10, V20, V30 smartphones or Onkyo DAPs. The SABER PRO DACs are seldomly used for DAPs and are primarily used with Pro-Audio systems or traditional Hi-Fi products. The ES9038PRO is the latest DAC from ESS and the SABER PRO line. KANN CUBE is the first DAP device to adopt the SABER PRO DACs in a dual DAC configuration, dedicating 8-channels for the left and 8-channels for the right side.

    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.

    Enhanced Audio Processing Power with Quad-core CPU

    Some may think that only sound matters in Hi-Fi systems. While it does matter greatly, there are other factors that influence your immersive music experience as well. KANN CUBE is designed to remove any distracting elements, including noise, distortion and unintuitive user interface.

    The Quad-core CPU gives you even more processing power for your digital music and a lot faster, natural UI experience. Get lost in your music without distractions.

    Ultimate Sound Quality

    The latest ESS ES9038PRO dual-DAC design and the upgraded CPU in the KANN CUBE allows for accurate playback of native 32bit/384kHz audio with no compromise on sound quality. The music is played back, bit-for-bit, just as the artist and engineer intended for it to be heard.

    KANN CUBE also supports native bit-to-bit DSD playback up to 11.2MHz for the best sound possible. 

    32-Bit Bit-to-Bit Playback by KANN CUBE  32-Bit Playback by Other Players

    Using Open APP Service

    The Open APP Service enables you to install specific APK music streaming apps to the device. Copy the desired APK into the Open Service folder of the product and install the relevant App in the Menu-->Services of the player.

    Using Open APP Service

    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.

    The MQA logo is a trademark of MQA Limited. © MQA Limited 2018

    DAC
    2 X ESS ES9038PRO SABRE 32-Bit
    Audio Resolution
    PCM: 8 ~ 384 KHz / 32-Bit
    DSDNative: 2.8 MHz / 1-Bit
    DSD128: 5.6 MHz / 1-Bit
    DSD256: 11.2 MHz / 1-Bit
    Frequency Response
    20 Hz To 20 KHz ±0.027 DB (Unbalanced Headphone Out)
    20 Hz To 20 KHz ±0.025 DB (Balanced Headphone Out)
    10 Hz To 70 KHz ±0.07 DB (Unbalanced Headphone Out)
    10 Hz To 70 KHz ±0.087 DB (Balanced Headphone Out)
    20 Hz To 20 KHz ±0.025 DB (Balanced XLR Out)
    10 Hz To 70 KHz ±0.032 DB (Balanced XLR Out)
    Impedance
    1.2 Ohms (Unbalanced Headphone Out)
    1.6 Ohms (Balanced Headphone Out)
    Gain Settings
    High1
    Normal
    Low1
    Volume Control
    Analog
    THD + N
    0.0004% At 1 KHz (Unbalanced Headphone Out)
    0.0005% At 1 KHz (Balanced Headphone Out)
    0.0004% At 1 KHz (Balanced XLR Out)
    Maximum Output Voltage
    12 Vrms
    Signal To Noise Ratio
    117 DB (Balanced Headphone Out)
    117 DB (Unbalanced Headphone Out)
    128 DB (Balanced XLR Out)
    Clock Jitter
    250 Fs
    Crosstalk
    129 DB At 1 KHz (Unbalanced Headphone Out)
    136 DB At 1 KHz (Balanced Headphone Out)
    146 DB At 1 KHz (Balanced XLR Out)
    Internal Storage Capacity
    128 GB
    Flash Media Slot
    1 X MicroSDXC
    Display
    5" LCD (1280 X 720 Resolution)
    Operation Method
    Physical Buttons
    Touchscreen
    Volume Wheel
    Formats Supported
    WAV
    FLAC
    WMA
    MP3
    OGG
    APE
    AAC
    ALAC
    AIFF
    DFF
    DSF
    And MQA (Support Scheduled)
    Wireless
    Bluetooth 4.2
    Bluetooth AVRCP
    Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
    Bluetooth Codecs
    AptX HD
    Connections
    1 X 1/8" / 3.5 Mm Stereo Headphone
    1 X 2.5 Mm Balanced Headphone
    1 X 5-Pin Mini XLR Output
    Battery
    1x Built-In Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer Battery 7400 MAh
    Providing Up To 9 Hours Per Charge For Audio Playback
    Charging Time
    Quick Charge: 4 Hours
    Full Charge: 5.5 Hours
    System Requirements
    Windows 7, 8, 10
    Mac OS X 10.7
    Water Resistance
    None
    Dimensions (W X H X D)
    3.5 X 5.5 X 1.2" / 87.7 X 140.0 X 31.5 Mm
    Weight
    1.08 Lb / 493 G
    • KANN CUBE
    • USB Type-C Cable
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty Card
    • microSD Card Slot Cover x 2
    • Protective Film (Front x 2, Back x 2)

    Every order ships free, no minimums, no restrictions. 99% of orders placed by 4pm EDT go out the same day. We typically ship UPS Ground, so transit times range from 1-5 days depending on location (we're in NJ). Signature is required upon delivery. If you have any special requests, give us a shout. We're very accomodating.

    Tracking info will be provided as soon as we ship.