The Astell & Kern KANN CUBE offers three (3) different power output options (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&K’s KANN CUBE uses two 8-channel DACs – 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 Analogue AMP Block, you experience unlimited sound stage and the full depth of the original 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 low-priced 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.
The ESS SABRE PRO series of Digital-to-Analogue 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.
KANN CUBE is the first DAP device to adopt the SABER PRO DACs in a dual configuration, dedicating eight channels for the left side, and eight channels for the right side.
KANN CUBE includes MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording. 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.