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Astell & Kern KANN Cube Digital Audio Player

✓ 2 Year Warranty included

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✓ FREE Next Working Day Courier Service to mainland UK

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 with 32bit/384kHz, Native DSD256 support.

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All Next Working Day orders placed before 4pm are dispatched same day (Excludes bank holidays and weekends).

RETURNS
We're pretty sure you'll be happy with your purchase, however for details about our returns policy click here.

 

Product Description

Details

 

Key Features

ES9038PRO Dual DAC

32bit 384kHz bit to bit play

Native DSD

Quad-Core CPU

720 x 1,280 Touch Display

5pin Mini XLR

Built-in Memory

USB Type-C Fast Charging

 

Extreme POWER, 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 manage power optimally and efficiently.

A comparison of outputs of KANN CUBE vs. KANN vs. AK380+AMP

 

 ESS ES9038PRO SABRE DUAL DAC

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 the audio signal through the Astell&Kern Analog AMP Block, you experience unlimited sound stage and the full depth of the original performance.

 

ESS SABRE PRO

The ESS SABRE PRO series of Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) is targeted for the 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 seldom 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 an easier connection to your home audio systems and active speakers with balanced connections.

 

KANN CUBE + 5-pin Mini XLR to 3-pin XLR Cable Application Diagram

 

Cable PIN Map

 

MQA

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording.

The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. Visit mqa.co.uk for more information.Astell&Kern KANN CUBE includes MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording.

 

Design Concept

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.

Features

Specifications

Features

General Specifications

Model: KANN CUBE

Body Colour: 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

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: Unbalanced Out (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: (Condition20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced / ±0.025dB (Condition || 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced 

±0.07dB: (Condition10Hz~70kHz) Unbalanced / ±0.087dB (Condition || 10Hz~70kHz) Balanced 

[XLR Out]: ±0.025dB (Condition || 20Hz~20kHz) / ±0.032dB (Condition || 10Hz~70kHz)Signal to Noise Ratio [Phone Out] 117dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 117dB @ 1kHz, Balanced [XLR Out]||128dB @ 1kHzCrosstalk||[Phone Out] -129dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / -136dB @ 1kHz, Balanced 

[XLR Out]: -146dB @ 1kHz

THD+N [Phone Out]: 0.0004% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Balanced 

[XLR Out]: 0.0004% @ 1kHz

IMD SMPTE [Phone Out]: 0.0005% 800Hz 10kHz(4||1) Unbalanced / 0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz(4||1) 

 

 

Balanced 

[XLR Out]: 0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz(4||1)

Output Impedance: Unbalanced Out 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

 

Delivery

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions - there may be delays of up to 48 hours to our estimated delivery times.


How will you send my item?

We ship to addresses within the UK using Royal Mail and DPD couriers.

How much does delivery cost?

Standard 2-3 working day delivery is FREE on all orders to mainland UK. Next working day courier service is available on all orders for a small fee of £4.99. On some items this is provided for FREE. 

For orders to UK Non-mainland and International destinations, there will be an additional charge at checkout. Please see below for more information.

How long does delivery take?

Depending on the delivery service you choose, delivery usually takes between 1-3 working days to mainland UK from the moment we despatch your order. Orders to UK non-mainland and international destinations can take longer.

When will you despatch my order?

Orders placed before 4pm are processed and despatched the same day (excluding bank holidays and weekends). Orders placed on weekends will be processed and despatched the following working day.

*Please note that international orders may require extra checks before we are able to despatch your order so timescales may vary.

Can I track my delivery?

Yes - Order tracking is offered as standard on all items, whether they are shipped via DPD or Royal Mail. You will receive your tracking information via email once we have despatched your order. 

UK Non-mainland and International destinations.

Shipping for all items to UK Non-Mainland and International destinations will incur a charge at checkout. If a delivery charge is not applied automatically at checkout, we will contact you to arrange payment and reserve the right to cancel your order if you refuse to pay for appropriate delivery. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to query the prices to your destination.

Shipping to international destinations may require further security checks and I.D. may need to be provided by the cardholder.

Please note that we are unable to ship some items outside the UK. To avoid any disapointment please contact us before making you order.

What do you class as UK Non-mainland?

Rep. Ireland, N. Ireland, Channel Islands, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man and Scottish Highlands. If you are unsure whether your address is classed as UK Non-mainland please feel free to contact us and an advisor will be happy to help.

For any further enquiries with regards to your delivery please contact us on 020 8813 7666 and one of our adviser's will be happy to help.

Returns


If you're not happy with your item or you've changed your mind.

Even though we're sure you'll be happy with your purchase, it's important that you are aware of how we deal with returns in the event that you need to send something back.

We understand how inconvenient it can be when you buy a product and aren't 100% satisfied with it. For this reason we have designed our returns policy to prevent any further inconvenience to you in these instances.

Under 14 days

  • You can return your goods for a full refund or exchange as long as you inform us of your intention to return the goods within 14 days of receipt, starting from the day after you receive your goods (Exclusions apply, see below.)

  • All return costs are down to the buyer and it is recommended that you return your items using a trackable method with appropriate insurance (if required).

  • Once we have confirmed your return, please ensure that you return the item within 14 days.

  • If a returns number is provided then please ensure that the parcel has this clearly marked.

  • Items need to be returned in "as new" condition in their original packaging. We don't mind if you open the product to check it, however any used or damaged products will be subject to a 25% handling fee so please take care when opening your items. 

After 14 days

  • We will not offer a refund after 14 days of you receiving your delivery unless your product is faulty. 

Exclusions from our returns policy

As we're sure you'll understand, there are some products that we can't offer returns on due to their nature. These include:

  • Special order items and cables cut from a reel (priced per metre). These items will be clearly identifiable.

  • In-Ear headphones due to health and hygiene reasons.

  • Products that include software which require activation.

 Please note that these exclusions do not apply to items that become faulty.

If your product becomes faulty

We endeavour to get your items to you in fully working order, however in the event that your items do become faulty, please read below on what you should do next.

In a lot of cases with some products, faults can be fixed by performing some basic troubleshooting, so to prevent any further inconvenience to you we advise that you contact our Customer Service team who can guide you through some basic troubleshooting before sending items back.

Under 28 days

  • If your items become faulty within 28 days of delivery you are entitled to a full refund or exchange. Please contact our customer service centre who will provide necessary returns details.

  • Please send the items back with a cover note including a description of the fault and your original order number.

  • Once we have fully tested the item and confirmed the fault, we will process the refund or exchange including cost of carriage back to us (within reason).

  • If during our testing we cannot find a fault, no refund will be given and you will be charged for delivery of the item back to you.

After 28 days

  • After 28 days you will still be able to get your faulty items repaired or replaced within the manufacturers warranty and we will be happy to assist you with this. Please contact our customer service team to find out the best way to get your items repaired or replaced. Please be aware that after 28 days we will not cover you for any carriage costs.