The new Astell & Kern Kann Ultra portable digital player and headphone amplifier has become the most powerful in the brand’s line, both in terms of processing and output power.
The maximum voltage on the balanced headphone output in Super mode is 8 V, and the digital-to-analog conversion unit is built on a dual ES9039MPRO chip from ESS Saber . The latest eight-core processor is responsible for signal processing, providing upsampling of PCM signals and their conversion to DSD.
A wide selection of digital filters allows the user to adjust the sound to their preferences. An unbalanced 3.5 mm and a balanced 4.4 mm jack is provided for connecting headphones ; charging and digital signal supply are carried out via the USB-C port . The power supply traditionally uses proprietary Teraton Alpha technology , which provides a significant reduction in power noise.
The capacity of the built-in battery is 8400 mAh , the storage capacity is 128 GB . The player weighs 390 grams with overall dimensions of 82 x 140 x 24 mm , the body is made entirely of aluminum.
The Astell & Kern Kann Ultra Hi-Res player retails for US$1,540.