The Astell & Kern KANN Music Player Doesn’t Forsake Sound Quality For Portability

Thanks to smartphones, listening to music on the go has never been easier. With a streaming app like Spotify and a pair of cheap earbuds, we have access to just about anything we want to listen to wherever we go. Unfortunately, the music just doesn;t sound that great. It seems like if you want portability, you have to give up on sound quality. But that’s all about to change thanks to Astell & Kern.

In an age when just about everyone has given up their portable music players for the convenience of smartphones, Astell & Kern has continued to produce hi-res portable audio players for consumers who truly love music. And the KANN is their most impressive gadget yet.

Thanks to an AKM AK4490 digital-to-analog converter, the KANN offers playback of up to 32-bit/384kHz for PCM audio, up to DSD256 (11.2mHz) for DSD audio, and supports aptX HD Bluetooth codecs. An enormous 6000mAh battery offers 14 hours of listening of time while charging and data transfer is accomplished via USB Type-C.

Unfortunately, internal memory is just 64GB but Micro SD card support up to 256GB and full size SD card support up to 512GB guarantees you’ll be able to bring your library with you.

Of course, such quality and technology comes at a cost; the KANN will set you back $999 — considerably more than a full-featured smartphone. But to sweeten the deal, Astell & Kern is currently offering a free 256GB full SD card with every preorder.