Astell&Kern HC3

Astell&Kern HC3

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Key info

  • ES9219MQ Dual DAC from ESS for true Hi-Fi quality
  • MQA 8X
  • Dual-shielded cable
  • Supports headset microphones
  • Supports iOS devices
  • Proprietary app for Android (For Detailed Volume Control)
  • Compact but powerful
  • LED display shows song details
  • Full metal housing design

All specifications

Physical characteristics
Weight 20g
Dimensions (HxWxD) USB Plug: 21 x 12.5 x 8.7 mm; Headphone: 59 x 18.2 x 11.5 mm
Enclosure material Aluminum
Technical specifications
THD+N 0.0005% @ 1kHz
Frequency response ±0.013dB (Condition : 20Hz~20kHz) ±0.020dB (Condition : 20Hz~70kHz)
S/N Ratio 118dB @ 1kHz
Crosstalk -130dB @ 1kHz
Output Impedance 2 ohm
Inputs/Outputs
Inputs USB Type-C Input(for Windows 10,11, Android, iOS smartphone & Tablet PC, macOS)
Outputs 3.5mm (CTIA standard 4-pole supported)

Astell&Kern, revered by countless music enthusiasts for their high-resolution audio players, presents their latest innovation: the AK HC3 Hi-Fi Dual DAC Cable. Designed to provide uncompromising sound quality on the go, this sleek device features dual ES9219MQ SABRE HiFi DACs from ESS, renowned for their exceptional noise control, low power consumption, and ability to playback Hi-Fi sounds such as MQA in ultra-high quality. Supporting Native DSD256 and 32 bit/384 kHz, the AK HC3 delivers an unparalleled listening experience that truly captures the essence of Astell&Kern’s signature sound.

Crafted with Astell&Kern’s expertise in ultra-fine audio design technology, the AK HC3 is engineered with micro resistors and capacitor parts to achieve its compact size without sacrificing performance. The device’s output and audio performance are enhanced with Astell&Kern’s unique technology, while its noise-free rear output structure and dual shielded cable minimize noise interference and deliver more vivid, original sound.

With MQA 8X playback in ultra-high resolution, the AK HC3 boasts a renderer that delivers sound that’s much closer to the original source. This high-quality sound source format requires an external DAC or appropriate playback device, making the AK HC3 the perfect choice for anyone seeking to enjoy MQA anytime, anywhere.

Not only is the AK HC3 compatible with Windows PC, Mac, and smartphones or tablets with USB-C ports, it also supports microphone and controller features of 3- or 4-pole 3.5-mm plug earphones and headsets, making it an excellent choice for gaming, web conferencing, and other entertainment experiences. The device is easy to use with plug-and-play convenience, utilizing power from the connected playback device so no separate charging or external sound card, AMP, or DAC is needed.

To ensure the best listening experience, the AK HC3 comes with a dedicated Android app that offers volume control and resolves compatibility issues. In short, the AK HC3 is the ultimate Hi-Fi USB DAC cable for discerning music lovers who demand the highest quality sound no matter where they go.

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