Astell&Kern, number one in portable “Hi-Res” audio playershas just launched the AK HC3, a cable with USB-C compatible DAC and microphone connectivity that allows you to provide High Fidelity sound quality to all types of portable devices. With a very elegant design and a ultralight aluminum construction (weighs just 20 grams), the new product signed by the prestigious South Korean brand constitutes a distinguished addition to any compatible component, simultaneously combining the iconic sound performance of the firm and unparalleled versatility.
Successor to the renowned PEE51 (HC1), the ultra-compact AK HC3 makes it easy to enjoy musicality in authentic High Fidelity “Hi-Res” on the fly, incorporating elements so renowned among audio purists around the world as two ES9219MQ D/A conversion chips from the Californian ESS Technology, which guarantee exceptional sound performance while minimizing energy consumption. Likewise, the AK HC3 adds microphone stand quality to the excellence of its sound to expand the range of entertainment and voice functionalities available, making the new Astell&Kern suitable for gaming via laptop and PC, video conferencing and even watching TV shows or movies. The AK HC3 is compatible with any headset model equipped with a 3.5 mm and 3 or 4-pole plug, while also including an in-line controller.
As far as your Connectionthis new Portable USB DAC It connects directly to any PC or Mac computer, smartphone or tablet equipped with a USB-C port and therefore without the need for a separate conversion adapter. With regards to your feeding, the AK HC3 takes it directly from the connected playback device, which means it does not have to be charged or associated with a separate sound card, amplifier or DAC (for iOS devices the supplied USB-C to Lightning adapter must be used serial). Finally, let us point out that, unlike most DACs, the Astell&Kern is equipped with a rear exit designed to minimize the noise as much as possible. When the digital signal is processed after it has passed through the double-insulated cable, the resulting sound exhibits a superior musicality while being virtually free of noise.