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Astell&Kern KANN CUBE Digital Audio Player - Wolf Gray

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Astell&Kern KANN CUBE Digital Audio Player - Wolf Gray

  • ESS ES9038PRO SABRE 8-Channel Dual DAC

  • Three Audio Output Modes, Up to 12V of Power

  • Designed for Pro Audio Equipment

  • Quad-Core CPU

  • Supports Low/Mid/High performance modes (up to 12V)

  • 5-pin Mini XLR (4Vrms)

  • Internal Storage: 128GB

  • 5.0" 720x1280 HD Touchscreen

  • Aluminum body

  • 8-hour battery life

  • 32bit/384kHz, Native DSD256 Support

  • Open APP Service for music streaming options


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The Audio Powerhouse


KANN CUBE is the second model of the KANN line, which focuses on high fidelity with powerful output and low noise. The newly designed powerful amplifier and audio circuitry have been strategically implemented to offer a very low noise floor, even with its massive power output, making it an Audio Powerhouse capable of driving the most power-hungry headphones.

Three Audio Output Modes, Up to 12V of PowerDual ESS ES9038PRO DACs, designed for Pro Audio Equipment5-pin Mini XLR Output for Even Less NoiseQuad-Core CPU5.0" 720x1280 HD Touchscreen32bit/384kHz, Native DSD256 SupportOpen APP Support for Music Streaming

Introducing the Astell&Kern KANN CUBE, which achieves a more powerful output and lower noise than ever before.

Absolute Audio Powerhouse

KANN CUBE offers 3 different power output options of High / Mid / Low, which can drive any headphone with unprecedented power never seen before in any portable device - 12Vrms for Balanced output and 6Vrms for Unbalanced output. To provide a natural and neutral audio experience with minimal distortion, a newly designed OP Amp and Volume IC manages power optimally and efficiently.

A Comparison of outputs of KANN CUBE vs KANN vs AK380+AMP


KANN CUBE uses two 8-channel DACs, the ES9038PRO, one for the left and one for the right channel. As each DAC chip sends out 8 channels of audio signal through the Astell&Kern Analog AMP Block, you experience unlimited sound stage and the full depth of the original performance.




The ESS SABRE PRO series of Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) is targeted for premium audiophile and professional recording studio equipment. The SABRE PRO series sets a new benchmark in high-end audio by offering the industry's highest dynamic range (DNR) with impressively low levels of total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N) in a 32-bit, 8-channel DAC. All PRO SABRE DACs feature ESS's patented 32-bit HyperStream DAC technology which delivers outstanding sound quality and industry leading performance.


ESS has two major lines of DAC chips – the ‘SABER PRO’ for audiophile systems and ‘SABER HIFI’ for mobile devices, such as the LG V10, V20, V30 smartphones or Onkyo DAPs. The SABER PRO DACs are seldomly used for DAPs and are primarily used with Pro-Audio systems or traditional Hi-Fi products. The ES9038PRO is the latest DAC from ESS and the SABER PRO line. KANN CUBE is the first DAP device to adopt the SABER PRO DACs in a dual DAC configuration, dedicating 8-channels for the left and 8-channels for the right side.

5-pin Mini XLR Output for Even Less Noise

KANN CUBE offers a 5-pin mini XLR connector for the first time in an Astell&Kern player. Thanks to the even lower noise floor and higher audio output through the XLR connection, you can enjoy pure, clear audio playback. It offers easier connection to your home audio systems and active speakers with balanced connections.

Enhanced Audio Processing Power with Quad-core CPU

Some may think that only sound matters in Hi-Fi systems. While it does matter greatly, there are other factors that influence your immersive music experience as well. KANN CUBE is designed to remove any distracting elements, including noise, distortion and unintuitive user interface.

The Quad-core CPU gives you even more processing power for your digital music and a lot faster, natural UI experience. Get lost in your music without distractions.

Ultimate Sound Quality

The latest ESS ES9038PRO dual-DAC design and the upgraded CPU in the KANN CUBE allows for accurate playback of native 32bit/384kHz audio with no compromise on sound quality. The music is played back, bit-for-bit, just as the artist and engineer intended for it to be heard.

KANN CUBE also supports native bit-to-bit DSD playback up to 11.2MHz for the best sound possible. 

32-Bit Bit-to-Bit Playback by KANN CUBE


32-Bit Playback by Other Players



Using Open APP Service

The Open APP Service enables you to install specific APK music streaming apps to the device. Copy the desired APK into the Open Service folder of the product and install the relevant App in the Menu-->Services of the player.

Using Open APP Service

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. Visit for more information. Astell&Kern KANN CUBE includes MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording.

The MQA logo is a trademark of MQA Limited. © MQA Limited 2018


Design Concept

The isolated sides of the rectangles on KANN CUBE are not simply for looks. They emphasize the role of the device by placing the player’s functions in the correct place for a more intuitive interface and better usability, while also providing a sense of aesthetic stability. The pursuit of connectivity and consistency of form and function is at the core of Astell&Kern's design philosophy.

Combining Astell&Kern’s player performance with the high-powered AMP, KANN CUBE can produce the most powerful performance in the Astell&Kern player lineup and is designed to deliver a heavy and solid impression. 



Technical Specifications

Additional Information

Package Contents
  • KANN CUBE Device x 1
  • USB Type-C Cable x 1
  • Quick Start Guide x 1
  • Warranty Card x 1
  • microSD Card Slot Cover x 2
  • Protective Film (Front x 2, Back x 2)
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Colour Grey
Warranty 1 year (local)
Product Weight (g) 493
Availability Available
Product Type Amplifier (Headphone), DAC (Digital-Analog Converter), Digital Audio Player, Portable Amplifier & DAC, Storage (Internal), Storage (microSD)
Style/Type Portable
Features AAC, Airplay-compatible, aptX, aptX HD, Bluetooth, DSD, Dual Headphone Output, Expandable Memory, High-Res Audio Certified, Line-out, MQA (Master Quality Authenticated), Music Streamer, SBC, Touchscreen, WiFi
Storage Capacity 128GB + up to 256GB
Sampling / Bitrate 32bit/384kHz
Frequency Response (Hz) 10Hz~70kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) Phone Out: 117dB @ 1kHz (Unbalance), 136dB @ 1kHz (Balance); XLR Out: 128dB @ 1kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) Phone Out: 0.0004% @ 1kHz (Unbalance), 0.0005% @ 1 kHx (Balance); XLR Out: 0.0004% @ 1kHz
Output Power Phone Out (Condition No Load): up to 6Vrms (Unbalanced), 12Vrms Balanced; XLR Out (Condition No Load): 4Vrms
Battery Life (hrs) upt o 9 hours (standard - MUSIC: FLAC, 16-bit/44kHz, Unbalance, Volume 80, EQ OFF, LCD OFF, Low Gain)
Input Connectivity USB Type-C (USB-C), WiFi
Output Connectivity 3.5mm Stereo, 2.5mm Balanced, Mini TOSLINK Optical (SPDIF), Mini XLR Balanced, Bluetooth, Bluetooth (aptX)
Additional Tech Specs

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