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Astell & Kern KANN CUBE High-Resolution Portable Music Player


Astell & Kern KANN CUBE High-Resolution Portable Music Player


Astell & Kern KANN CUBE High-Resolution Portable Music Player


Back in stock (07.11.19)

The Audio Powerhouse

KANN CUBE is the second model of the KANN line, which focuses on high fidelity with powerful output and low noise. The newly designed powerful amplifier and audio circuitry have been strategically implemented to offer a very low noise floor, even with its massive power output, making it an Audio Powerhouse capable of driving the most power-hungry headphones.

  • Three Audio Output Modes, Up to 12V of Power

  • Dual ESS ES9038PRO DACs, designed for Pro Audio Equipment

  • 5-pin Mini XLR Output for Even Less NoiseQuad-Core CPU

  • 5.0" 720x1280 HD Touchscreen

  • 32bit/384kHz, Native DSD256 Support

  • Open APP Support for Music Streaming

Introducing the Astell&Kern KANN CUBE, which achieves a more powerful output and lower noise than ever before.

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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.


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 Onkyo 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.

Enhanced Audio Processing Power with Quad-core CPU

Some may think that only sound matters in Hi-Fi systems. While it does matter greatly, there are other factors that influence your immersive music experience as well. KANN CUBE is designed to remove any distracting elements, including noise, distortion and unintuitive user interface.

The Quad-core CPU gives you even more processing power for your digital music and a lot faster, natural UI experience. Get lost in your music without distractions.

Ultimate Sound Quality

The latest ESS ES9038PRO dual-DAC design and the upgraded CPU in the KANN CUBE allows for accurate playback of native 32bit/384kHz audio with no compromise on sound quality. The music is played back, bit-for-bit, just as the artist and engineer intended for it to be heard.

KANN CUBE also supports native bit-to-bit DSD playback up to 11.2MHz for the best sound possible. 

Using Open APP Service

The Open APP Service enables you to install specific APK music streaming apps to the device. Copy the desired APK into the Open Service folder of the product and install the relevant App in the Menu-->Services of the player.

General Specifications


Body Color: Wolf Gray

Body Material: Aluminum

Display: 5-inch (720x1280) Touch Display

Supported Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA (Support Scheduled)

MQA Playback: Services (Tidal Masters), Local files, External USB, MQA-CD (ripped)

Sample Rate: PCM: 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/32bits 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 8-channel x2 (Dual DAC)

Decoding: Support up to 32bit / 384kHz bit-to-bit playback

Input: USB Type-C input (for PC and Mac)

Outputs: Phones (3.5mm) / Optical Out (3.5mm) / Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported) / XLR Out (Mini 5-pin)

Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)

Bluetooth: V4.2 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptX™HD)

Dimensions: 3.45" W x 5.51" H x 1.24" D (87.78mm x 140mm x 31.5mm)

Weight: 17.3 oz (493g)

Feature Enhancements: Firmware upgades supported (OTA)

Audio Performance

Frequency Response
(Phone Out)
±0.027dB (Condition: 20Hz-20kHz) Unbalance / ±0.025dB (Condition: 20Hz-20kHz) Balance
±0.07dB (Condition: 10Hz-70kHz) Unbalance / ±0.087dB (Condition: 10Hz-70kHz) Balance

(XLR Out)
±0.025dB (Condition: 20Hz-20kHz) / ±0.032dB (Condition: 10Hz-70kHz)

Signal to Noise Ratio:
(Phone Out)
117dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 136dB @ 1kHz, Balance

(XLR Out)
128dB @ 1kHz

(Phone Out)
129dB @ 1 kHz, Unbalance / 136dB @ 1 kHz, Balance

(XLR Out)
146dB @1kHz

(Phone Out)
0.0004% @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 0.0005% @ 1 kHx, Balance

(XLR Out)
0.0004% @ 1kHz

(Phone Out)
0.0005% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalance / 0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Calance

(XLR Out)
0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1)

Output Impedence: Phones 3.5mm (1.2 ohm) / Balance Out 2.5mm (1.6 ohm)

Clock Source

Reference Clock Jitter: 250 Femto Seconds


Capacity: 7,400mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery

Continuous Playback Time: upt o 9 hours (standard - MUSIC: FLAC, 16-bit/44kHz, 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/1A General Charging)


Built-In Memory: 128GB [NAND]

External Memory: micro SD (x1)


Supported OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 (32/64bit), Mac OSX 10.7 and up