Astell & Kern KANN - DAP with Massive Storage & Battery

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Levanter, Apr 4, 2017.
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  1. Shetzu
    Yes the balanced output sounds better. You need to get a balanced cable with 2.5mm plug. In case you want to use 3.5mm plug later the same cable can be used along with adapter 2,5mm female to 3.5mm male. You can get the Fiio adapter which is the best. I had posted the image few pages back.
  2. Miniculthero
    Are there currently any wireless Bluetooth speakers on the market that support the hd Bluetooth Kann has built in,
  3. Shetzu
    Of course there are many. Depends what you want to spend. You can try the UE Boom Brand. (Ultimate Ears)
  4. Luvdac
    As far as I know, No. Aptx hd is supported by a some headphones, one by audiotechnica( I forget the model number) and the Sony 1000 xm2, which I have.( sounds great, fantastic noise cancelling as well). For boom boxes have a look at clavinetjunkie on YouTube. His recommendations are usually excellent.. Inatek(inactek..?) Also make an aptx hd bluetooth transmitter/ receiver which you can plug into any line in Jack of any audio receiver/powered speaker to convert it into a aptx hd ready system.
    Hope this helps.
  5. JasonNYC
    No wireless speakers that support aptX HD, which allows 24/48 streaming over Bluetooth, on the market yet, but there are a few headphones. You can find the full list on Qualcomm's aptX HD site -
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  6. zaky
    my first dap and loving it. maybe it's just me but, the screen is too bright even at the lowest settings, staring at it during night gives me headache. will be great if it can go a bit darker. thanks :)
  7. Trapok
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  8. Shetzu
    I have the display at the lowest setting and I think t is reasonably good. If you feel bright get a matt screen guard and it may help.
  9. zaky
    My android phone can be darker, maybe my eyes are getting used to it. Besides, if it can be changed by the device, we can save even more power. Only if you like staring at the album cover like me, hahaha. But a screen guard sounds like a good idea, guess i'll start looking for one,. Thanks :)
  10. dakchi
    Have you heard any difference in sound quality between the unbalanced and the balanced output?
  11. Luvdac
    Yes. Fiio Balanced cable with shure 535 se is heaven personified.
  12. Shetzu
    i second that
  13. dakchi
    Thank you for your reply. I have an Audeze iSine 10. I can't find a balanced 2.5mm cable for it :disappointed_relieved:. I will never be able to experience the sound out of the balanced out
  14. Jumoonji
    Hi Shetzu,

    I have tried to connect my Kann as USB DAC to my Mac, but it is not recognised, which is unusual. Typically my Mac will instantly recognise external USB DAC devices, like my Mojo, HiFi M8, Fiio X5-iii and DX-200. I have tried to restart both my Kann and my Mac, albeit with no joy.

    I have tried to connect it to my iPad using the Apple USB connector, and it seems to be recognised but it said that Kann USB DAC is using too much power thus it is not working.

    By the way, I am using 2015 MacBook Pro 15".

    Can you please shed a light on my issues?

  15. Shetzu
    I sine has 2 pin connectors. I am sure you will find something on I have seen it there. Look throughly. Cheers

    Here is your iSine 10 balanced cable with 2.5mm plug for A&K Kann.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2018
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