Astell & Kern KANN - DAP with Massive Storage & Battery

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Levanter, Apr 4, 2017.
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  1. sklaus28
    One thing that i wish for this great player is clarity and resolution. Otherwise this is an awesome player!!
  2. Silvertouran
    The only other thing you can try is using your mobile phone (assuming you have one) and turning on its wifi hotspot function and connecting your Kann to that. It's easier than it sounds.
  3. Terry Newton
    No mobile phone.
  4. funkforfood
    Is there a changelog somewhere?
  5. Luvdac
    One thing I notice after the update is improved bluetooth range.
  6. Shetzu
    The only change with the new update as per A&K on their support site is as follows:
    - AK CD-RIPPER MKII Support
    - Improved operational stability

    So if anyone comes across any new change please post here.
  7. sklaus28
    Any sq improvement?
  8. hellfire8888
    new firmware is buggy,,problem when playing wav stutter...
  9. frankieteardrop
    having a recurrent issue with my Kann that is mildly frustrating, as it keeps happening every week or two. It appears that occasionally, files are getting corrupted AND duplicated on both cards. Here's a photo of a folder where this just happened:


    the only solve i've found so far is to completely wipe the card and reload it. fortunately i have everything backed up on a hard drive so it's just a matter of time, but i'd rather not do this every two/three weeks, considering how long this takes.

    i format the card to fat32 using the script in this thread, as per many folks' suggestion.

    otherwise, anyone have a suggestion/fix for this? @JasonNYC
  10. Shetzu
    Hope your SD cards are genuine. Secondly, do not remove/eject cards while song is playing without using the eject on your display.
    I suggest you format the cards on the Kann then shut off the Kann and remove the Sd cards.
    Then use script (if using Mac) and format to FAT32 on your computer.
    Copy all your songs to the card from your computer (ensure your files are not being copied in duplicates) to the Card.
    Insert the card in your Kann and boot the device.
    Let the Kann read the library of your cards.
    Then try and see if the issue is resolved.
    Good Luck.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2017
  11. sklaus28
    Has someone compared kann to fiio x7ii in terms of SQ? Really appreciate it!
  12. frankieteardrop
    yeah, they're genuine sandisks, bought from a major store. i never eject the cards when they're playing. at most, i turn the player off occasionally mid-song, but that shouldn't be an issue.

    long story short, i've done all of the above (including formatting in the kann and then running the script), and yet every 2-3 weeks this problem pops up again. happens with both cards.

    it's not the end of the world since i have backups, but it would be nice not to have to re-load the cards like clockwork.
  13. Shetzu
    Sorry to note that you have this issue. I have not had similar issues yet nor I see anyone else complain on it on this forum. Perhaps A&K @Jason NYC would be able to respond with a solution.
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  14. Shetzu
    I had the Fiio X5ii earlier. The sound of Kann has excellent timbre and Great Soundstage with a bit of warmth. Fiio had more colouration to the sound in my opinion. Cant comment on X7ii.
  15. sklaus28
    Nice! Hows the clarity and detail compare to kann?
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