The Alpha is the third in our acclaimed ‘Kann’ range of players - and it’s the most powerful, the most portable, the best sounding and - let’s not pretend otherwise - the best-looking Kann yet.
The power to entertain
Despite being the most compact Kann player yet, the Alpha has huge reserves of power. With an ultra-high 12Vrms output constantly on tap, it’s able to drive any headphone or IEM to significant levels without breaking sweat. Which means it’s the most adaptable digital audio player around.
Kann Alpha is our first player to feature a 4.4mm balanced output alongside its 2.5mm balanced and 3.5mm unbalanced sockets. This level of flexibility, along with Apha’s sky-high power output, leaves you free to use your favourite headphones secure in the knowledge that Kann Alpha is maximising their potential.
There’s no point in offering a choice of balanced lines if they share the same circuitry - that’s a recipe for noise interference and performance degradation. So we’ve completely separated the 2.5mm and 4.4mm balanced outputs using micro relays, switching off circuitry that’s not in use and preventing noise interference.
Incredible wireless performance
To maximise your wireless listening experience, Kann Alpha is our first player to feature aptX HD Bluetooth 5.0 - range of connectivity, speed of transmission and battery life all benefit. Plus, of course, aptX HD allows wireless transmission of high resolution 24-bit digital files, for perfect A&K sound without wires.
The highest resolution
Kann Alpha features dual DACs - the class-leading ES9068ES by ESS. Which means it’s able to handle 32-bit/384kHz and DSD256 audio files without compression or loss, so you can be sure that you’re hearing everything the artist, the producer and the recording engineer intended.
- The first Astell&Kern DAP to feature a 4.4mm balanced output
- Complete separation of balanced lines to provide noise-free output
- Powerful 12Vrms ultra-high-output support
- 14 ½ hours of continuous playback
- Artistic design and ultra-precision metal shaping technology that Astell&Kern has perfected
- Equipped with the latest version of Bluetooth, Bluetooth 5.0
Included in the box
- 1x Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA player
- 1x USB-C to USB-A cable (1 metre)
- 3x screen protectors
- 1x Quick start guide
|Body Colour||Onyx Black|
|Display||4.1inch HD 720 x 1280 Touch Display|
|Supported Audio Formats||WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA|
|Sample Rate||PCM : 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample) / DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo혻 / DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo|
|Output Level||High: Unbalanced 6Vrms / Balanced 12Vrms (Condition No Load)|
|DAC||ESS ES9068AS x2 (Dual DAC)|
|Decoding||Support up to 32bit / 384kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback|
|Input||USB Type-C input (for charging PC & MAC)|
|Outputs||Unbalanced Out (3.5mm) / Optical Out(3.5mm)|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)|
|Bluetooth||V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptX HD, LDAC)|
|Dimensions||2.68 ”(68.3 mm) [W] x 4.60 ”(117 mm) [H] x 0.98 ”(25 mm) [D]|
|Weight||about 11.14 oz (about 316 g)|
|Feature Enhancements||Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)|
|Frequency Response||±0.021dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced / ±0.024dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||116dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 117dB @ 1kHz, Balanced|
|Crosstalk||-128dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / -136dB @ 1kHz, Balanced|
|THD+N||0.0003% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Balanced|
|IMD SMPTE||0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalanced / 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Balanced|
|Output Impedance||Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (0.8ohm) / Balanced out 2.5mm (2.0ohm), 4.4mm(1.8ohm)|
|Reference Clock Jitter||250 Femto Seconds(VCXO)|
|Capacity||5,600mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery|
|Playback Time||About 14.5 hours (Standard : FLAC, 16bit, 44.1kHz, Vol.80, LCD Off, Low Gain)|
|Charge Time||About 3.5 hours (9V/1.67A Fast Charging) / 5hours (5V/2A General Charging)|
|Built-in Memory||64GB (NAND)|
|External Memory||microSD (Max. 1TB) x1|
|Supported OS||Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up|
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