Astell & Kern Kann Max portable music player packs more power into a smaller body

Does it matter that the iPod is dead if that’s what we get instead? Astell & Kern’s Kann Max is a high-res portable music player that feels like a big upgrade from the five-star Kann Alpha. The Max packs more power (15V RMS) from a smaller, lighter body than its predecessor.

This means it’s compatible with a wider variety of headphones, including high-impedance ones, without the need for a separate amp. It also has headphone connections for 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm jacks.

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