Astell&Kern Kann review: This high-resolution digital audio player delivers sweet sound, but with a steep price tag

    Astell&Kern is again with one other reference hi-res audio participant: the Kann. Paired with distinctive headphones and top-notch recordings, you’ll be hard-pressed to discover a extra blissful sonic expertise from a hi-res audio participant at this worth level. Simply be warned, Kann’s price ticket is as massive as its cumbersome measurement.

    A daring design

    Each Astell&Kern participant has a daring, distinctive design that breaks the mildew. Kann isn’t any completely different. The Kann’s aluminum mass is sculpted right into a trapezoidal murals that’s remarkably pure to carry and use. The Kann is available in a selection of Astro Silver and Eos Blue finishes. My overview pattern got here within the former.

    The Kann’s sides are ribbed. Barely scalloped strains traverse the again. I tip my hat to the economic design workforce; the play of sunshine and shadows on the participant is one thing really stunning to take a look at.

    The participant’s proper facet is rounded. That straightforward consideration to element made it comfy to carry with my proper thumb naturally resting on the quantity dial.

    The Kann’s tapered bottom makes the big, ribbed quantity dial well-suited for left or proper handed use. Nevertheless, I seen a design quirk in my testing.


    The Kann’s rear has a barely scalloped design.

    To decrease the quantity, you rotate the dial towards the Kann’s display. On a number of events, whereas the participant’s display was lively, my thumb inadvertently hit the contact display when decreasing the quantity. As a result of Astell&Kern’s interface makes the whole contact display a part of the quantity management, hitting the periphery made the quantity bounce louder. The sudden quantity enhance jolted me. When you rotate the quantity dial along with your left thumb throughout the entrance display, the chance of by chance swiping the display turns into even better. After a number of days (and jolts) I discovered to be extra cautious.

    Be careful. You might accidentally hit the screen when lowering the volume, causing the volume to ju Astell&Kern

    Watch out. You would possibly by chance hit the display when decreasing the quantity, inflicting the quantity to leap louder.

    The participant’s aluminum housing obtained very heat after I used it for prolonged durations. The warmth output was exacerbated after I put the Kann in closed quarters, like a pocket. The participant by no means overheated, but it surely’s one thing to watch.

    Astell&Kern has moved all bodily participant controls to the Kann’s entrance, straight beneath the Four-inch 800 x 480-resolution touchscreen. Buttons are massive and simple to decipher by contact.

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