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KANN CUBE

  • ES9038PRO
    Dual DAC
  • 32bit 384kHz
    bit to bit play
  • Native DSD
  • Quad-core CPU
  • 720 x 1,280
    Touch Display
  • 5pin Mini XLR
  • Built-in Memory
  • USB Type-C
    Fast Charging

Extreme POWER,
KANN CUBE

KANN CUBE is the second model from the KANN line, which focuses on high fidelity with powerful output and low noise.
This player is designed to offer a very low noise floor, even with its massive power output.

High performance, low-noise amp makes KANN Cube an Absolute Audio Powerhouse
Dual ES9038PRO DACs, the current flagship SABRE DAC chips from ESS designed for Pro Audio Equipment
5-pin Mini XLR output for even less noise
32bit/384kHz, Native DSD256 support

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

The 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

A comparison of outputs of KANN CUBE vs. KANN vs. AK380+AMP

KANN CUBE

KANN

AK380+AMP

[High]
Unbalanced 6 Vrms
Balanced 12 Vrms
(Condition No Load)
[High]
Unbalanced 4 Vrms
Balanced 7 Vrms
(Condition No Load)
[High]
Unbalanced 4.1 Vrms
Balanced 8.1 Vrms
(Condition No Load)
[Mid]
Unbalanced 4 Vrms
Balanced 8 Vrms
(Condition No Load)
[Normal]
Unbalanced 2 Vrms
Balanced 2 Vrms
(Condition No Load)
[Low]
Unbalanced 2.1 Vrms
Balanced 2.1 Vrms
(Condition No Load)
[Low]
Unbalanced 2 Vrms
Balanced 4 Vrms
(Condition No Load)

ESS ES9038PRO SABRE Dual DAC

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.

ES9038PRO CH1
CH2
CH3
CH4
CH5
CH6
CH7
CH8
Astell&Kern
Analog
AMP Block
L-Sound
ES9038PRO CH1
CH2
CH3
CH4
CH5
CH6
CH7
CH8
Astell&Kern
Analog
AMP Block
R-Sound

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 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. 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.

ES9038PRO
DAC
ES9038PRO
DAC
L+ L-
R+ R-
Switch
AMP / XLR
L+ L-
R+ R-
L+ L-
R+ R-
GND
Volume Control
L+ L-
R+ R-
L+ L-
R+ R-
Balanced
AMP 1
Balanced
AMP 2
Unbalanced
AMP 1
Unbalanced
AMP 2
L+ L-
R+ R-
L
R
Balanced
Out
Unbalanced
Out
XLR Out

KANN CUBE
+ 5-pin Mini XLR to 3-pin XLR Cable Application Diagram

Speaker
Cable
Inter Connector Cable Inter Connector Cable Speaker
Cable
Power AMP Left Power AMP Right Speaker Left Attenuator 5-pin Mini XLR
to 3-pin XLR Cable
KANN CUBE Speaker Right

Cable PIN Map

5-pin Mini XLR to 3-pin XLR Cable KANN CUBE

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 mqa.co.uk 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 trade mark of MQA Limited.
© MQA Limited 2019