LATEST ADDITIONS

Mark Fleischmann  |  Feb 22, 2018  |  0 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $999

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Normal or high-gain output
Full and microSD card slots
Native 384/32 PCM and DSD support
Minus
Bulky Not as pretty as some other A&K players
USB charger not included

THE VERDICT
Astell & Kern’s KANN is not only a subtly gorgeous-sounding performer loaded with features. It’s also a great value.

Astell & Kern’s KANN (along with the recently announced AK70 MK II) makes its debut at a time when the dedicated music player is looking more and more like the passenger pigeon. Apple has just killed the innovative, shape-shifting iPod nano and the puny iPod shuffle, leaving only the now unprecedentedly cheap iPod touch, basically an iPhone without the phone, at $199. With Apple uncharacteristically catering to the middle of the market (let’s not even contemplate the $20 nano knockoffs on Amazon), that leaves the high-resolution musicplayer carriage trade to companies like Astell & Kern, FiiO, and HiFiMan, as well as newly hi-res-conscious big brands like Sony, Onkyo, and Pioneer.

SV Staff  |  Feb 22, 2018  |  1 comments
Ten years ago this week, a protracted format war between the Sony’s Blu-ray format and the Toshiba-backed HD DVD format, each vying to be the anointed successor to DVD, was averted when Toshiba announced that it would stop making HD DVD players, even though close to a million players had been sold and more than 400 HD DVD titles had been released in the U.S.
SV Staff  |  Feb 22, 2018  |  0 comments
Recent job postings by Spotify suggest that the company might be looking to make a move into the hardware space.
SV Staff  |  Feb 22, 2018  |  0 comments
If you live in or near New York City or happen to be in town, there two home audio/live music events happening in the coming days.
Al Griffin  |  Feb 22, 2018  |  1 comments
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SV Staff  |  Feb 21, 2018  |  0 comments
New noise-canceling wireless headphones from B&W, a super-slim on-wall subwoofer, a new laser "TV,"and more.
SV Staff  |  Feb 21, 2018  |  0 comments
Peerless-AV has introduced an updated version of its PeerAir Wireless HD Multimedia signal-transmission system.
SV Staff  |  Feb 21, 2018  |  0 comments
Qualcomm today announced enhancements to its TrueWireless Stereo technology for earphones, which eliminates wires from the media source as well as between the left and right earbuds.
Mike Mettler  |  Feb 21, 2018  |  0 comments
All photography: Jeremy Danger (2017).

Nancy Wilson doesn’t like being idle. The noted Northwest-bred guitarist/vocalist was up for tackling new challenges while Heart, the band she and her sister Ann Wilson made famous, decided to take an extended break — and she found exactly what she was looking for with her new six-piece collective, Roadcase Royale.

SV Staff  |  Feb 20, 2018  |  0 comments
In a move usually associated with large corporate entities with names like Sony or Bose, England's Cambridge Audio has announced that it will open its first U.S. retail store in Chicago later this year.

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