Astell & Kern - KANN MAX

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Astell&Kern - KANN MAX

The KANN MAX is Astell & Kern's fourth product in the KANN series of portable music players. This KANN MAX is the winner of 2022 Red Dot award for best new products created in 2022. The design is immaculate, beautiful yet angular. Its based on high output (more power to drive the most difficult headphones) and clear sound (to make all of us audiophiles giddy when listening to it work its magic). The engineers at AK gave it 4 different levels of gain and up to 15Vrms output. On top of this they made it lighter and more compact size to fit in your pocket. They have put the ESS ES9038Q2M Quad-DAC together with AStell & Kerns famous DAP technology to create the next best giant killer. 

We believe that this DAP will be in Astell & Kern's product mix for many years to come. Please get your orders in ASAP to get in the que, Due to supply chain problems the first order won't last long. We are accepting pre-orders now 


Here are the manufacturers specs:


General Specifications

  • Model 


  • Body Color 

    Anthracite Gray

  • Body Material 


  • Display 

    4.1-inch 720 x 1280 touch screen

  • Supported Audio Formats 


  • Sample Rate 

    PCM : 8kHz ~ 768kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample)
    DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), DSD512(1bit, 22.4MHz) Stereo

  • Output Level 

    [Low] Unbalanced 2Vrms / Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load),
    [Mid] Unbalanced 4Vrms / Balanced 8Vrms (Condition No Load),
    [High] Unbalanced 6Vrms / Balanced 12Vrms (Condition No Load),
    [Super] Unbalanced 8Vrms / Balanced 15Vrms (Condition No Load)

  • CPU 


  • DAC 

    ESS ES9038Q2M x4 (Quad-DAC)

  • Decoding 

    Support up to 32-bit/768kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback

  • Input 

    USB Type-C input (for charging & PC & MAC)

  • Outputs 

    Unbalanced Out (3.5mm), Optical Out (3.5mm)
    Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported | 4.4m, only 5-pole supported)

  • Wi-Fi 

    802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)

  • Bluetooth 

    V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, LDAC)

  • Dimensions 

    2.68"(68.3mm)[W] x 4.6"(117mm)[H] x 0.92"(23.6mm)[D]

  • Weight 

    about 10.76oz (305g)

  • Feature Enhancements 

    Firmware upgrade supported (OTA)

  • Operating Temperature 

    0℃ ~ + 40℃ (32℉~ 104℉

    • Battery
      • Capacity 

        5,600mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer

      • Charge Time 

        about 3.5 hours (9V 1.67A Fast Charging) | 5.5hours (5V 2A General Charging)

      • Playback Time 

        about 13 hours (Standard: FLAC, 16bit, 44.1kHz, Unbalanced, Vol.40, LCD Off, LED On, Low Gain)Memory

        • Built-in Memory 

          64GB [NAND]

        • External Memory 

          microSD x1 (Max. 1TB