Transportable music participant specialist Astell & Kern has launched a USB-C DAC cable to reinforce the sound high quality of an Android cellphone, Home windows 10 PC, pill PC or MacOS laptop.
As we delight in an age of high-quality streaming and more and more high-performing headphones, the weak hyperlink in on-the-go listening is invariably the usual audio output of such gadgets. Portable DACs such because the AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt, Audiolab M-DAC nano and Zorloo Ztella have are available in to assist proper that unsuitable, and now Astell & Kern is stepping in with an answer of its personal for the growing variety of USB-C-ported gadgets in the marketplace.
Basically, the AK USB-C Twin DAC Cable is designed to be the hyperlink between USB-C gadgets and headphones, and enhance the audio high quality within the course of. (Astell & Kern says the cable does not assist iPhones and iPads as a result of twin DAC incompatibility and energy restrictions of iOS gadgets.)
The DAC is based on two Cirrus Logic CS43198 MasterHIFi digital-to-analogue chips, which assist high-resolution audio playback as much as native PCM 32-bit/384kHz DSD256. Astell & Kern is behind quite a lot of glorious, What Hello-Fi? Award-winning portable music players, so it is not shocking to be taught it has carried its experience in circuit and amplifier design, and DAC implementation, into this DAC cable. To that finish, the circuit options the bespoke capacitors present in its gamers and has been optimised to stop energy fluctuations. The analogue amplifier is designed to drive quite a lot of headphones, together with power-hungry and high-impedance fashions (with a 2Vrms output degree).
That spectacular-looking twisted cable – made up of Technora aramid fibre at its core, wrapped by silver-plated copper and an additional copper layer, then completed with separate shielding therapy – guarantees to not solely bodily stand up to the day by day grind but additionally, importantly, block exterior noise and thus scale back sign interference.
The AK USB-C Twin DAC Cable’s polished metallic zinc alloy casing has an angled floor that resonates with the aesthetic of the corporate’s moveable music gamers. The very fact it is the dimensions of a packet of gum and weighs simply 25g means it will possibly discreetly slip into your desktop set-up or pocket with out including a lot bulk.
The Astell & Kern AK USB-C Twin DAC Cable is priced £109 ($149) and can be out there from April within the UK and Could within the US.
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