Astell&Kern Launches KANN Ultra DAP and AK HB1 Bluetooth Amp/DAC
Oct 20, 2023 at 1:09 PM Post #61 of 461
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Oct 20, 2023 at 1:12 PM Post #62 of 461
Of xourse, there ate distinct advantages to Bluetooth 5.0 vs 4.2. I always thought this write up from. Audio 46 made some great points about audio use of Bluetooth 4.2 vs 5 and when it xones to audio playback, there isn't much advantage.

https://audio46.com/blogs/headphones/do-bluetooth-5-headphones-sound-better-than-bluetooth-4-2.
“What is better with version 5 is the range and speed of connection. And speaking from the personal experience of the Audio46 staff, you can expect fewer dropouts and connection issues from Bluetooth 5 compared to 4.2. ”

And that was for 5.0 of 2019, not the most current 5.3, which seems to me to be a 3 points later version.

I think we should permanently abandon any thoughts of 5.0 or later, and just go back to the 4.0 of the original Kann.
 
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Oct 20, 2023 at 1:50 PM Post #65 of 461
Astell & Kern Kann Ultra – based on what version of the original Android?
Spending $1,600 I want to know before buying - is it a secret?
I did see you ask this question multiple times today. I am not sure. I honestly forgot to confirm before the announcement. I asked, but since it is the middle of the night in Korea before a weekend, I will not have an answer for you before the team returns to the office Monday morning. Release date is still a few weeks away, will have an answer way before then.
 
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Oct 20, 2023 at 2:27 PM Post #66 of 461
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Oct 20, 2023 at 2:51 PM Post #68 of 461
I can't tell if you are joking.

Daps going back 10 years have been able to play the AAC format.
The OP is referring to the Apple Music streaming service which supports hi-res audio playback up to 24/192. I think you are referring to AAC files purchased from iTunes, hence the confusion.
 
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Oct 20, 2023 at 2:56 PM Post #70 of 461
What is a bluetooth sink? Is it something you can wash your hands in?
It's the official name of Bluetooth send/receive function as defined by the Bluetooth SIG group.

I've always thought it was confusing as most people have no idea that is what it is offically called in the tech specs.
 
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Oct 20, 2023 at 3:31 PM Post #71 of 461
I reached out to the hardware team to confirm.

Curious though, the KANN Series is all about double the output of other AK player lines for high demanding headphones. How many people are buying KANN vs other players to use Bluetooth headphones and TWS earbuds vs full sized headphones/more demanding IEMs?
That's right, the entire Kann series has always been aimed at customers who were looking for greater output power, but also for versatility and convenience because these are DAPs and not stationary devices:
From older models:
3. Kann Alpha - BT v5.0
2. Kann Max - BT v5.0
1.Kann Ultra - BT v4.2 ???- the latest model goes backwards in development
and where is the consistency, what has changed in the reception and perception of this
groups of listeners over the years

1.SP 3000 - BT v5.0
2.SE 300 - BT v5.0
3.SE 180 - BT v5.0
3.SR 35 - BT v5.0

Do I reach for TWS headphones - of course, sometimes
I buy DAPs for this purpose, I use them with a whole range of headphones and I can have a DAP with me almost everywhere.
Let's not focus only on listening on TWS, but also on transmission from and to DAP and devices via BT, and here BT v4.2
- it has nothing to do with comfort and quality, no battery saving at the end of 2023 - BT v5.x is it's just standard.
 
Oct 20, 2023 at 3:46 PM Post #72 of 461
I know where Jason is trying to go with this, but what if the prior 2 year old Ferrari you owned had a much better off-road capability, which a number of folks might need in some cases, (and BT use is much more frequent than off-road Ferrari use) but this one doesn't, for no good reason, and actually has the capability of the one from 3 generations ago?
My DX320 has 5.0 Bluetooth so its my Sony 1MA2 and my Fiio m11 plus Ltd.

I do used iems over ear head phones but I also used my ifi go pods for wireless or Focal Bathys.

AK you are really killing me smalls.
 
Oct 20, 2023 at 3:56 PM Post #74 of 461
That's right, the entire Kann series has always been aimed at customers who were looking for greater output power, but also for versatility and convenience because these are DAPs and not stationary devices:
From older models:
3. Kann Alpha - BT v5.0
2. Kann Max - BT v5.0
1.Kann Ultra - BT v4.2 ???- the latest model goes backwards in development
and where is the consistency, what has changed in the reception and perception of this
groups of listeners over the years

1.SP 3000 - BT v5.0
2.SE 300 - BT v5.0
3.SE 180 - BT v5.0
3.SR 35 - BT v5.0

Do I reach for TWS headphones - of course, sometimes
I buy DAPs for this purpose, I use them with a whole range of headphones and I can have a DAP with me almost everywhere.
Let's not focus only on listening on TWS, but also on transmission from and to DAP and devices via BT, and here BT v4.2
- it has nothing to do with comfort and quality, no battery saving at the end of 2023 - BT v5.x is it's just standard.
I assume a BT 4.2 is not something that can be fixed with firmware, right?
 
Oct 20, 2023 at 3:59 PM Post #75 of 461
I assume a BT 4.2 is not something that can be fixed with firmware, right?
They probably had tons of old units and decited to used them. I doubted they went a d buy then and if they did they got it for free
 

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