Astell&Kern manufactures a few of our favourite high-resolution digital audio gamers, and now the corporate is bringing a high-end cell digital audio converter/amplifier combo to market.
As its identify signifies, the USB-C Twin DAC Cable consists of a USB-C cable that connects to a smartphone, pill, and laptop computer. That is connected to a small DAC that helps high-resolution audio playback, together with DSD256 and different sorts of digital audio streams with as much as 32-bit decision and sampling charges as excessive as 384kHz. A 3.5mm connector on the alternative facet of the DAC is offered for a headphone connection.
The diminutive audio gadget measures simply 17 x 50 x 10.3mm (WxLxH) and its enclosure is fabricated from polished zinc alloy.
There’s a pair of Cirrus Logic CS43198 MasterHIFi DACs inside, one for the left channel and one for the fitting in a stereo pair. Twin-DAC designs are stated to scale back crosstalk between the 2 channels and enhance stereo separation, although we’re on the fence as as to if or not the added expense delivers a proportionate enhance in audio high quality in comparison with the more-common single-DAC design.
The USB-C Twin DAC Cable comes geared up with the identical capacitors A&Ok employs for its high-res digital audio gamers. An onboard analog amplifier guarantees to drive high-impedance headphones with an output degree of 2Vrms (Situation No Load).
The DAC’s four-core cable is manufactured with aramid fiber to defend it from exterior noise. A&Ok says it wraps silver-coated copper across the cable’s middle strand, with one other layer of copper added in a spiral association. “The addition of copper wire helps to have an effect on a transparent and wealthy spatial sound,” the corporate says, “whereas separate shielding therapy is utilized to the cable to dam distortion and digital and analog sign noise from the playback gadget.”
A&Ok says it can’t construct an equal gadget for iOS merchandise such because the iPhone or iPad. The rationale: Apple limits the quantity of present that may be despatched via the Lightning connectors on these gadgets, and it’s not sufficient to energy a dual-DAC gadget equivalent to this.
The Astell&Kern USB-C Twin DAC Cable will likely be priced at $149 when it goes on sale in April.
How will A&Ok’s new dual-DAC examine to the same, however single-DAC($99)? We’ll let as soon as we consider a evaluation unit.
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