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Astell&Kern KANN MAX Digital Audio Player


1 Year Local Warranty.

 

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

 

KANN SERIES COMPARISON (GAIN LEVEL)

Quad-DAC Audio Block Diagram

 

 

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.


32-bit bit-to-bit Playback by KANN MAX

 

32-bit Playback by Other Product


 

 

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.

 

Wireless Hi-Fi Sound Through BT Sink

The BT Sink function connects the KANN MAX to an external device via Bluetooth, similar to connecting a smartphone with a BT speaker. Music from an external device, such as a smartphone can now be played back in high-quality on the KANN MAX using the BT Sink function.

 

BT Connect (RX Mode/BT Sink)

 

BT Connect (TX Mode)

 

 

ReplayGain Automatically and Uniformly Adjusts Playback Volume

ReplayGain, which adjusts sound sources with different volumes to an identical level, has been applied. Now, enjoy your own playlists seamlessly through the ReplayGain feature on KANN MAX.

* ReplayGain supports up to 24bit/192 kHz sound sources.

 

 

 

Real-Time Information Confirmed by Light

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

* LED can be turned on or off according to user setting.

 

 

Specification

 

General Specifications

Model
KANN MAX

Body Colour
Anthracite Gray

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℉)

 

Audio Performance

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)


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