Astell&Kern, the darling portable brand among audiophiles, recently released the KANN to near-universal critical acclaim, even receiving accolades from popular tech news outlets that don’t normally cover audiophile products. The new player offers a variety of impressive upgrades to the already highly regarded lineup from iRiver’s luxury brand. Most notably, the company realized that sleek and slim is not necessarily a priority for audio enthusiasts, who are sometimes willing to sacrifice form over function. That said, the much larger form factor does allow the player to accommodate a larger battery and more sophisticated audio amplification componentry. The KANN retails for $1,000, and is available in either silver or blue.