Astell&Kern Launches KANN ALPHA Digital Audio Player
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is this the 1st DAP with a ES9068AS or are there already opinions about it (based on experience :smirk: )?
SE200 has the same DAC on ESS side. The configuration is also same as the dual DAC configuration. I love the sound of my SE200 ESS side and hope that Alpha uses the similar amp design just with higher power. Pricewise, SE200 costs $1800, then subtract AKM DAC portion and add some additional power components would make $1100 price point of Alpha, which makes sense to me.
 
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Dimensions? Looks smaller than KANN CUBE, which would be welcomed.

They’re on the website but it is indeed smaller - somewhere between the original Kann and the Cube. I’ll be able to play around with one as early as next week so I’ll post some impressions
 
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The picture makes the Alpha look larger than its brethren, but it’s not.
 
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I just bought the Aryas on Sunday...I see this DAP in my future!

A&K, since you are now listening...PLEASE put an option to disable/lock buttons when screen is dark!
 
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Pretty impressive specs for $1,100, I image this will impact SA700 sales.
 
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Impressive to maintain the power output while increasing the battery life and reducing the overall volume (LxWxH, not output volume) by almost half and reducing the cost almost 27% versus KANN CUBE. Kudos. Let's hope it sounds good :)
 
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This video should give everyone a good idea how big/small it is in our hands. I have no idea what he is taking about :sweat:
still pretty bulky...
 
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This video should give everyone a good idea how big/small it is in our hands. I have no idea what he is taking about :sweat:
How exactly does Thai people have it before the US ? Are they a bigger market or what
 
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How exactly does Thai people have it before the US ? Are they a bigger market or what
I guess, because they also got the Empire Ears Mk2 IEMs too before the USA.
 
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Doesn't appear to have a desktop level DAC implementation like the Cube which will likely contribute to the improved battery life.
 
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