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Astell&Kern USB-C Dual DAC Amplifier Cable Review

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Goh Beng Yeow
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, 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
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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