Astell&Kern KANN Ultra

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£1,599.00£1,718.00

Astell&Kern KANN Ultra

The Astell&Kern Kann Ultra is the ultimate player in the Astell&Kern Kann family, super-powerful and super-fast it  is a blend of style, design and stunning high-power performance in a semi-portable format!

Astell&Kern’s most powerful digital audio player to date – the KANN ULTRA. The first player in the brand’s award-winning KANN series of players to feature Octa-core processors, the KANN Ultra reaches new sonic heights with DAR technology, an upgraded DAC and Triple Output while delivering the most seamless user experience possible.

Leather case adds £119 to price.

 

SKU: ak-kann-ultra Categories: , Tags: , , , , , ,
GTIN: 8809954220678
Brand: Astell and Kern
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Description

Astell&Kern KANN Ultra

The Astell&Kern Kann Ultra is the ultimate player in the Astell&Kern Kann family, super-powerful and super-fast it  is a blend of style, design and stunning high-power performance in a semi-portable format!

Astell&Kern’s most powerful digital audio player to date – the KANN ULTRA. The first player in the brand’s award-winning KANN series of players to feature Octa-core processors, the KANN Ultra reaches new sonic heights with DAR technology, an upgraded DAC and Triple Output while delivering the most seamless user experience possible.

Key Features
  • Next-Generation Octa-Core processor brings significant performance improvements.
  • Featuring the latest flagship DAC from ESS, delivering a richer, more expansive sound with advanced modulation.
  • Triple Output Mode to deliver natural, detailed sound when connected to demanding headphones.
  • Separate amplifier/sound design for the Headphone Out, Line Out and Pre-Out ports to provide the optimal sound for each
  • Digital Audio Remaster (DAR) technology.
  • Dedicated Pre-Out delivers sound through a specially designed Pre-Out amplifier.
  • Exclusive Line Out mode outputs the sound directly from the DAC bypassing the amplifier.

The Astell&Kern KANN ULTRA is the first DAP in the renowned KANN series to feature Octa-Core processors, levelling up from Quad-Core in previous models. The Octa-Core element brings significant performance improvements allowing the listener to enjoy incredible sound quality with faster system speeds and a smooth flowing 4th generation UI/UX.

With the new internal design, the audio circuitry is separated from the processors – which include CPU, memory and wireless connection components – and is equipped with a dedicated shield to minimise heat and noise from the processor.

Design

The design concept of KANN ULTRA is “Forceful Impact”.

The design is an over-scaled volume wheel knob that has been slammed and embedded into the body of the KANN to visually represent its more powerful performance than its predecessor. With the KANN ULTRA, we continued the design identity of the KANN series, which emphasizes the hexagonal columnar body while still keeping it visible.

We minimised the visible parting lines and designed the wheel protectors so that the outer edge of the body where the volume wheel sits naturally acts as a protector and improves usability. These elements emphasize the bold mass of the KANN ULTRA, representing primal power through a solid chunk of metal.

We applied decorative parts that connect with the serrated pattern on the volume wheel knob to make the wheel visually larger and maintain a balance with the massive body, while expressing the powerful performance of the KANN ULTRA. Additionally, the hairline spin decoration applied to the rear of the wheel acts as a delicate detail element along with the lettering engraving, showing the volume wheel knob strongly embedded into the BODY.

Due to the increased size, we have redesigned the orientation of the volume wheel to accommodate usage in different environments, such as on the desk, or held in your hand.

Specifications
  • Model KANN ULTRA
  • Body Colour Astro Grey
  • Body Material Aluminium
  • Display 5.5inch HD 1080 x 1920 touch screen
  • Supported Audio Formats WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
  • Sample Rate PCM : 8kHz ~ 768kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample)
    DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo
    DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo / DSD512(1bit 22.4MHz), Stereo
  • Output Level – HEADPHONE OUT
    [Low Gain] Unbalanced 2Vrms │ Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load)
    [Mid Gain]Unbalanced 4Vrms │ Balanced 8Vrms (Condition No Load)
    [High Gain]Unbalanced 6Vrms │ Balanced 12Vrms (Condition No Load)
    [Super Gain]Unbalanced 8Vrms │ Balanced 16Vrms (Condition No Load)
    – PRE · LINE OUT
    Unbalanced 2Vrms │ Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load)
  • CPU Octa-core
  • DAC ES9039MPRO x2
  • Decoding Support up to 32bit/768kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback
  • Input USB Type-C input (for charging & PC & MAC)
  • Outputs – HEADPHONE OUT
    3.5mm(Unbalanced Out, Optical Out), 4.4mm (Balanced Out, only 5-pole supported)
    – PRE · LINE OUT
    3.5mm(Unbalanced Out), 4.4mm (Balanced Out, only 5-pole supported)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
  • Bluetooth V5.3 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptX™-HD, LDAC, LHDC)
  • Dimensions 3.24” (82.4mm)[W] x 5.55” (141.1mm)[H] x 0.96” (24.4mm)[D]
  • Weight About 13.75oz (390g)
  • Feature Enhancements Firmware upgrade supported (OTA)Operating Temperature 0℃ ~ + 40℃ (32℉~ 104℉)Frequency Response  HEADPHONE OUT
    ±0.006dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced │ ±0.004dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced
    ±0.016dB (Condition : 20Hz~70kHz) Unbalanced │ ±0.020dB (Condition : 20Hz~70kHz) Balanced
    PRE OUT
    ±0.022dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced │ ±0.023dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced
    ±0.023dB (Condition : 20Hz~70kHz) Unbalanced │ ±0.023dB (Condition : 20Hz~70kHz) Balanced
    LINE OUT
    ±0.002dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced │ ±0.002dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced
    ±0.007dB (Condition : 20Hz~70kHz) Unbalanced │ ±0.006dB (Condition : 20Hz~70kHz) Balanced”S/N HEADPHONE OUT
    115dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 119dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
    PRE OUT
    110dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 126dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
    LINE OUT
    110dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 125dB @ 1kHz, BalancedCrosstalk HEADPHONE OUT
    134dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 140dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
    PRE OUT
    128dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 128dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
    LINE OUT
    129dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 121dB @ 1kHz, BalancedTHD+N HEADPHONE OUT
    0.0004% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 0.0004% @ 1kHz, Balanced
    PRE OUT
    0.0012% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Balanced
    LINE OUT
    0.0013% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 0.0005% @ 1kHz, BalancedIMD SMPTE HEADPHONE OUT
    0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Unbalanced │0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Balanced
    PRE OUT
    0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Unbalanced │0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Balanced
    LINE OUT
    0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Unbalanced │0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Balanced

    Output Impedance HEADPHONE OUT
    Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (1ohm) │ Balanced Out 4.4mm (1.3ohm)
    PRE OUT
    Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (3.5ohm) │ Balanced Out 4.4mm (5.7ohm)
    LINE OUT
    Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (6.5ohm) │ Balanced Out 4.4mm (10.7ohm)

     

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    1 review for Astell&Kern KANN Ultra

    1. Robert Swinhoe (verified owner)

      This is the 5th model in the famed A&K Kann series, all of them absolute gems. This though is in a class above the rest and is superb! No other word for it! The power, new UI, DAR, Crossfeed, Replay Gain etc. make this a joy to own and use. This is why Astell&Kern are the undoubted market leaders in Digital Audio Players. I have in turn bought each new maodel as it comes out and this together with the A&K SP2000T are everything I could want to listen to the music of the spheres.
      Yes you could buy from A—–, or e—,or R—– S—– but if you did you would miss out on dealing with Richard and his team at Audiologica. Friendly, professional and wonderful advice make dealing with Audiologica a wonderful experience. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed!
      Robert Swinhoe

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