Astell&Kern offers a USB-C DAC for mobile high-res audio – Michael Brown

Astell&Kern manufactures some of our favorite high-resolution digital audio players, and now the company is bringing a high-end mobile digital audio converter/amplifier combo to market.

As its name indicates, the USB-C Dual DAC Cable consists of a USB-C cable that connects to a smartphone, tablet, and laptop. This is attached to a small DAC that supports high-resolution audio playback, including DSD256 and other types of digital audio streams with up to 32-bit resolution and sampling rates as high as 384kHz. A 3.5mm connector on the opposite side of the DAC is provided for a headphone connection.

The diminutive audio device measures just 17 x 50 x 10.3mm (WxLxH) and its enclosure is fabricated from polished zinc alloy.

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