The Astell&Kern Kann HB1 is a compact yet powerful headphone amplifier DAC of the highest quality, it also has an excellent built-in microphone which makes it perfect for phone calls and gaming applications.
AK HB1 is a portable Bluetooth DAC/AMP that lets you effortlessly experience high-quality audio and Hi-Fi streaming services with the best performance, all without the hassle of cables.
Pair your mobile device to AK HB1 through Bluetooth and experience seamless, wireless Hi-Fi sound across various IEMs and headphones, all facilitated by its compact, lightweight design and powerful built-in amplifier.
In addition to this, AK HB1 also delivers Astell&Kern’s pristine sound quality via USB DAC functionality, and offers a seamless connection to gaming devices and immersive entertainment using microphones, transforming your mobile device into a hub of endless multimedia possibilities.
- 3.5-mm and 4.4-mm Dual Output
- Supports LDAC and aptX™HD for High-quality Bluetooth Sound
- Features ESS ES9281AC PRO DAC
- Separate DAC and AMP for Premium Hi-Fi Experience
- Plug & Play USB DAC Function
- Interchangeable Cable (Type-C and Lightning Cable Included)
- Supports UAC 1.0 (Gaming System)
- Clear and Vivid Voice in Calls
- Car Mode Supported
- Multi-point Connection (Up To Two Devices)
- MQA Renderer
The AK HB1 embodies Astell&Kern’s design philosophy with inspiration from the architectural masterpiece “Church of Light” by Tadao Ando, known for its interplay of light and shadow.
Embodying the essence of robustness and simplicity, much like concrete, the device showcases a sleek form that cleverly integrates buttons and earphone connections within the gaps between its front and back housings.
The use of silver colouring between the front and rear surfaces creates an illusion of light gracefully flowing between the two facades.
Intuitively designed with a comfortable grip, the size and placement of the wheel ensure effortless volume control.
The wheel features a combination of aluminium and rubber materials for improved grip and accuracy, ensuring easy and accurate control.
Smart Charging System
AK HB1 automatically recognizes devices when they are connected via a USB cable, whether playback or charging devices, streamlining the charging process without requiring additional setting adjustments.
Also, the charging mode can be turned on/off to allow simultaneous playback and device charging, preventing battery depletion during playback.
1.When connected to a charger via USB, it charges at normal speed (1 hour and 30 minutes to full charge).
2.When connected to a playback device via USB, the charging speed is adjusted, and the charging mode can be turned on/off.
Charging Mode On : Charges HB1’s battery using the playback device’s battery power.
Charging Mode Off : Operates only by AK HB1’s battery without charging from external devices.
Polycarbonate (Body) / Aluminum (Volume Wheel)
Chipset : Qualcomm CSR8675
Version : 5.0
Codec : LDAC, aptX™HD, aptX™, AAC, SBC
Profile : A2DP, AVRCP, HFP
ESS ES9281AC PRO
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
Unbalanced 2Vrms / Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load)
USB Type-C (Supports UAC 1.0 and UAC 2.0)
3.5mm (Supports CTIA standard 4-pole earphones/headphones), 4.4mm (Only 5-pole supported)
33 x 68.4 x 16.5mm (Excluding volume wheel)
39.8 x 68.4 x 16.5mm (Including volume wheel)
About 1.41oz (40g)
Firmware upgrade supported
±0.135dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced │ ±0.136dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced
117dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 118dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
-112dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ -112dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
0.0005% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced │ 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Balanced
0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Unbalanced │ 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Balanced
Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (2.5ohm) │ Balanced Out 4.4mm (2ohm)