Astell&Kern Kann Cube

Astell&Kern Kann Cube

Portable Audio Player 128GB

Astell&Kern Kann Cube
Astell&Kern Kann Cube
Astell&Kern Kann Cube
Astell&Kern Kann Cube
Astell&Kern Kann Cube

KANN CUBE is the second model from the KANN line, which focuses on high fidelity with powerful output and low noise.
This player is designed to offer a very low noise floor, even with its massive power output.

High performance, low-noise amp makes KANN Cube an Absolute Audio Powerhouse
Dual ES9038PRO DACs, the current flagship SABRE DAC chips from ESS designed for Pro Audio Equipment
5-pin Mini XLR output for even less noise
32bit/384kHz, Native DSD256 support

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

The 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.

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.

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 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 low-priced 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.

The isolated sides of the rectangles on KANN CUBE are not simply for looks.
They emphasize the role of the device by placing the player's functions
in the correct place for a more intuitive interface and better usability,
while also providing a sense of aesthetic stability.

The pursuit of connectivity and consistency of form and function is at the core of Astell&Kern's design philosophy.
Combining Astell&Kern's player performance with the high-powered AMP, KANN Cube can produce the most powerful performance in the Astell&Kern player lineup and is designed to deliver a heavy and solid impression.

- Model: KANN CUBE
- Body Color: Wolf Gray
- Body Material: Aluminum
- Display: 5inch (720 x 1,280) Touch display
- Supported Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA(Support Scheduled)
- MQA playback: Services(Tidal Masters), Local files, External USB, MQA-CD(ripped)
- Sample rate: PCM: 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample) / DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo

Output Level:
- Phone Out
High: Unbalanced 6Vrms / Balanced 12Vrms (Condition No Load)
Mid: Unbalanced 4Vrms / Balanced 8Vrms (Condition No Load)
Low: Unbalanced 2Vrms / Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load)
- XLR Out
4Vrms (Condition No Load)

- DAC: ESS ES9038PRO SABRE 8channel x2 (Dual DAC)
- Decoding: Support up to 32bit / 384kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback
- Input: USB Type-C input (for PC & MAC)
- Outputs: PHONES (3.5mm) / Optical Out (3.5mm) / Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported) / XLR Out (Mini 5pin)
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
- Bluetooth: V4.1 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptXTM HD)
- Dimensions: 3.45 ”(87.75 mm) [W] x 5.51 ”(140 mm) [H] x 1.24 ”(31.5 mm) [D]
- Weight: 17.3 oz (493 g)
- Feature Enhancements: Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)

Audio Performance Frequency Response
- Phone Out
±0.027dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalance / ±0.025dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Balance
±0.07dB (Condition : 10Hz~70kHz) Unbalance / ±0.087dB (Condition : 10Hz~70kHz) Balance
- XLR Out
±0.025dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) / ±0.032dB (Condition : 10Hz~70kHz)

- Signal to Noise Ratio: [Phone Out] 117dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 117dB @ 1kHz, Balance [XLR Out] 128dB @ 1kHz
- Crosstalk: [Phone Out] 129dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 136dB @ 1kHz, Balance [XLR Out] 146dB @ 1kHz
- THD+N: [Phone Out] 0.0004% @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Balance [XLR Out] 0.0004% @ 1kHz
- IMD SMPTE: [Phone Out] 0.0005% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalance / 0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Balance [XLR Out] 0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1)
- Output Impedance: PHONES 3.5mm (1.2ohm) / Balanced out 2.5mm (1.6ohm)
- Clock source:Reference Clock Jitter: 250 Femto Seconds
- Battery Capacity:: 7,400mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery
- Continuous Playback Time: up to 9 hours (Standard - MUSIC: FLAC, 16-bit/44.1kHz, Unbalance, Volume 80, EQ OFF, LCD OFF, LOW GAIN)
- Charge Time: About 4 hours (Standard - 9V/1.67A Fast charging), About 5.5 hours (Standard - 5V/2A General charging)
- Memory: Built-in Memory: 128GB [NAND]
- External Memory: microSD (Max. 512GB) x1
- OS: Supported OS Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up