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Astell&Kern USB-C Dual DAC Amplifier Cable Review

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Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

Product Specification

Astell&Kern USB-C Dual DAC Amplifier Cable

General Specifications
Body colour:Titan
Body material:Zinc Alloy
DAC:Cirrus Logic CS43198 x2 (Dual DAC)
Input:USB Type-C Input
(for Android, Windows 10, macOS)
Output:3.5 mm single-ended
Dimensions:Main Unit: 17 mm [W] x 50 mm [L] x 10.3 mm [D]
USB-C Connector: 12 mm [W] x 20 mm [L] x 8.2 mm [D]
Weight:about 25 g
 
Audio Specifications
Sample rate:PCM: Support up to 32 bit / 384 kHz
DSD Native: DSD64 (1 bit 2.8 MHz), Stereo / DSD128 (1 bit 5.6 MHz), Stereo / DSD256 (1 bit 11.2 MHz), Stereo
Output Level:2 Vrms (No Load)
Frequency Response:± 0.030 (Condition: 20 Hz~20 kHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio:118dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced
THD+N:0.0004% @ 1 kHz, Unbalanced
IMD SMPTE:0.0003% 800Hz 10 kHz (4:1) Unbalanced
Output impedance:2 ohm
 
Others
Content of PackageUSB-C Dual DAC Amplifier Cable
Quick start guide
Price:SGD 189
USD 149
 

Part 1: Introduction, Unboxing, Design & Build
Part 2: Usability
Part 3: Sound Quality
Part 4: Product Specifications
Part 5: Review Ratings, Summary

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