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Astell&Kern KANN Ultra DAP Music Player Review Video
Amazing flagship ES9039MPRO DAC - Low-end Extension, transparency
Larger screen, All of the standard AK Features
Larger DAP, but still portable (happy trade-off for more power)
The clarity and detail of the chipset stand out with a lot of different genres, but combined with the output of the KANN Ultra and you have a DAP that can go toe-to-toe with some home systems out there. There's a weight to the sound that only a KANN DAP can produce - heft in the bottom end, never bloated-sounding - no-undefined and muddy low end, but rather impactful, precise, and lots of extension. I loved Classical and Jazz with this setup personally - with both the open and closed-back Dan Clark headphones. There is great expressiveness and nuance throughout the performances - a rich-sounding and dynamic listening experience - from the quietest parts to the most bombastic - the parts that get your adrenaline going. This combo's not just good for Classical and Jazz though - Rock, Pop, even Grunge and Metal sound great with this portable setup. You can vary up the headphones and cables for more sonic options too - headphones and cables have individual sound signatures so the options are endless based on what kind of music you like. If you want to use the KANN Ultra as a music source in your home system, we recommend connecting it to a DAC via a Silver Dragon USB Cable - since it does USB Audio out. Keep reading below to get to the Dragon Cable recommendations section where we talk more about what upgrading to a Dragon Cable can do to the sound and performance of the KANN Ultra. Bottom line is that the new flagship DAC is superb, but the real star of the show is the power. The KANN Ultra is the DAP for your hard-to-drive planar magnetics all the way.
I'll make a quick note about wireless and Bluetooth. There is some confusing among the specifications that the Ultra was only equipped with BT 4.2. It is in fact equipped with Bluetooth 5.3. Sure, it's updated, but if you're planning on using the KANN Ultra with your favorite wireless headphones then you're missing the entire point of the DAP. It's like buying a Ferrari and keeping it in your garage to look at. Put that horsepower to good use. That's what it's designed to do.
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