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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.
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Pros
- Balanced, smooth and spacious sound
- Compact and aesthetically pleasing design
- Premium build quality
Cons
- iOS and iPadOS devices not supported
- USB-C plug not case friendly
Summary
Astell&Kern has once again exhibited its strengths in industrial design, digital-to-analogue conversion and amplifier circuits. With the USB-C Dual DAC Amplifier Cable, the South Korean audio brand has provided a solution for Android, Windows, and macOS, which significantly improves the overall quality of the audio output of one's smartphone, laptops or desktops.

Coupled with its compact and aesthetically pleasing design, the USB-C Dual DAC Amplifier Cable is not a DAP replacement but an excellent alternative if one desires better audio playback from existing source devices.
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Part 1: Introduction, Design & Build
Part 2: Usability
Part 3: Sound Quality
Part 4: Product Specifications
Part 5: Review Ratings, Summary

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