Astell & Kern 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. This portable player truly packs a ton of power, and can drive essentially ANY headphone you throw at it! Thus, now you can have a small, portable, all-in-one player with the latest and greatest in DAC technology and power without having to limit your headphone selection!
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 manages power optimally and efficiently.
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 audio signal through the Astell&Kern Analog AMP Block,
you experience unlimited sound stage and the full depth of the original performance.
The ESS SABRE PRO series of Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) is targeted for 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 seldomly 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 easier connection to your home audio systems and active speakers with balanced connections.
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.
Model KANN CUBE
Body Color 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)
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)
BT V4.2 (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)
Frequency Response [Phone Out]
±0.027dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced / ±0.025dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced
±0.07dB (Condition : 10Hz~70kHz) Unbalanced / ±0.087dB (Condition : 10Hz~70kHz) Balanced
±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 @ 1kHz
Crosstalk [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)
Reference Clock Jitter 250 Femto Seconds
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)
Built-in Memory 128GB [NAND]
External Memory microSD (Max. 512GB) x1
Supported OS Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up