Astell & Kern KANN

Australian T3 - - HYPE -

$1,349, KANN sounds like a su­pervil­lain! It’s not evil, but you’re not far wrong. Although Astell & Kern’s new pocket player is un­likely to take over the planet, the KANN is more than equipped to win the bat­tle be­tween drab smart­phone sound and pre­mium high-res au­dio. I’m still not sold on high-res au­dio... What are you, a sound hea­then? High-res au­dio is the only way to ex­pe­ri­ence your favourite bands the way they were truly meant to be heard, with the clar­ity of real life. The KANN can han­dle au­dio files rang­ing from 32-bit/384kHz high-res­o­lu­tion PCM and DSD au­dio, right up to Quad-rate (DSD256) files, de­liv­er­ing both top-end clar­ity and ex­cep­tional au­dio de­tail. Take that, smart­phone. Ok, T3, I’m lis­ten­ing... If the KANN’s high-fi­delity au­dio isn’t enough to float your boat, what about para­met­ric EQ, Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity, a built-in head­phone amp and sup­port for high-res stream­ing ser­vices such as Tidal and Moov. USB-C con­nec­tion means faster charg­ing and data trans­fer, too. I’m im­pressed. So how much stor­age is KANN pack­ing? Out of the box you’ll find 64GB of built-in flash stor­age, but full size and mi­croSD slots en­able ex­pan­sion up to 576GB. That’s alot of mu­sic. The de­sign is swish, too. You betcha. The rugged alu­minium body works in har­mony with the four-inch WVGA touch­screen, plus there are vol­ume and play­back con­trols in case you’ve for­got­ten how to use phys­i­cal but­tons. Cool! When is this out? Ah, so now you want one, do you? Well lucky for you, the Astell & Kern KANN, in both Astro Sil­ver and Eos Blue, is avail­able to buy now.

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