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USB DAC for Smartphones without Headphone Jack
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Astell & Kern HC2

Astell & Kern HC2 USB – DAC – compact all-rounder with premium quality
More and more smartphone manufacturers say goodbye to traditional headphone jacks. Now you have a smartphone without a headphone jack, but how can you continue to use your current headphones and earphones, and listen to your music from your smartphone? Astell & Kern – HC2 USB-DAC is the solution

Many streaming services offer high-resolution and high-quality audio experiences, but are wireless earbuds and headphones capable of providing the full audio experience? How can you experience a piece of dynamic and high-quality music or gaming experience on your smartphone or computer without a high-end sound card? Astell&Kern has developed a product that answers all these questions and is applicable to many devices.

The USB- DAC Cable has the following features:

  • The full metal chassis design
  • Dual DAC Hi-Fi audio chipset
  • Silver-plated, shielded copper cable
  • Small in size but mighty in output

Latest technology
Astell&Kern’s USB – DAC can play back up to 32bit/384kHz and native DSD256. This imade possible the two Cirrus Logic CS43198 MasterHIFI™ DACs. A complex and highly integrated Shadow Chip I lies on a six-layer printed circuit board measuring 14 x 41 mm.

This was only possible due to Astell&Kern’s clever design. To create a small handy device, special materials like micro resistors and tantalum capacitors were used, which were developed especially for Astell&Kern.

Authentic audio reproduction is possible through the dual CS43198 DACs pair with an independent analog amplifier. Making live music experiences highly enjoyable. Also, warm and clear sound is intended without distortion, this is possible through the years of experience in AMP design of Atsell&Kern. It is capable of driving high impedance headphones adequately with a 2Vrms (Condition No Load) output level.

Exclusive cable
Astell&Kern developed a 4-wire custom cable that is structured with a techora aramid fiber, around which silver-plated copper wires and copper wires are spirally twisted. The aramid fibers provide stability against interruptions and can withstand a tensile force of 200N.

The silver-plated copper wires are thicker than conventional silver-plated copper wires. Resulting from a clear and rich surround sound (0.3μm, typically 0.1~0.15μm).

Compatibility of Astell & Kern – HC2 USB-DAC
The Astell&Kern HC2 matches the latest Android smartphones as well as Windows and Mac computers. There is no need for a separate charger as the USB – DAC draws the necessary power from the device. The HC2 brings the famous Astell&Kern sound quality for a low price on your smartphones or computers.

Daniel Dimitrov

We have a comprehensive selection of Astell & Kern devices available for demonstration in our HiFi studios in Berlin-Kreuzberg. We look forward to your visit!

Model AK HC2
Frequency Response ±0.011dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced
±0.145dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz) Balanced
Signal to Noise Ratio 122dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
THD+N 0.0004% @ 1kHz, Balanced
IME SMPTE 0.0003%, 800Hz 10kHz (4:1), Balanced
Output Impedance  4.4mm (1.5ohm)
Output Power or Voltage  4Vrms (condition No Load)
Body Material Aluminum
Body Color Dark Silver
DAC CS43198 Dual
Sample Rate PCM: Support up to 32bit/384kHz / DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo /
DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo
Input USB Type-C Input(for Windows 10,11, Android, iOS smartphone & Tablet PC, macOS)
Output 4.4mm balanced out
Dimensions USB Plug: 12 x 21 x 6.5mm / 4.4mm Headphone: 22.8 x 60 x 12.1mm
Weight About 29g
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