Astell&Kern HC3 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC3 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC3 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC3 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC3 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC3 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC3 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC3 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC3 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio

Astell&Kern HC3 | Portable DAC and Amp

Regular price $229.00 Sale price$169.00 Save 26%

Experience True Hi-Fi on the go with Astell&Kern's HC3 Hi-Fi USB Dual-DAC and Amp

  • USB-C input and 3.5mm output with support for headset microphones
  • Dual ES9219MQ DAC from ESS
  • Full aluminum body w/ dual shielded, pure copper cable
  • Compatible w/ Android & iOS (USB-C to Lightning adapter included)
  • Supports Native DSD256, 32-bit/384kHz
  • Control volume via dedicated Android App
  • Roon Tested

Astell&Kern HC3 Profile White Background

Hi-Fi Sound Anywhere

Astell Kern presents the latest Hi-Fi USB DAC cable for a true Hi-Fi experience on the go. Designed to minimize noise with the ultra-high sound quality of integrated Hi-Fi grade DACs, it addresses the music lovers’ desire for a true mobile Hi-Fi experience. AK HC3 is designed to provide all of the benefits of its predecessors, HC1 & HC2, while enabling high-quality sound across various settings. AK HC3 features a microphone input which enables even more entertainment and voice features. The dual-shielded cable and the proprietary app will help users experience Hi-Fi effortlessly and without compromises.

Astell&Kern HC3

Ultra-High Res with Dual HiFi DACs

AK HC3 adopts dual ESS SABRE HiFi® ES9219MQ DACs which are highly regarded by audiophiles for its Hi-Fi playback ability in ultra-high quality audio such as MQA. It features excellent noise control and low power consumption. Additionally, it supports Native DSD256 and 32 bit/384 kHz.

Noise-Free Rear Output Structure

The HC3 incorporates a rear audio output design to minimize noise. Most USB DAC products have the DAC positioned in the USB terminal that is connected directly to the device to process and output audio. With the HC3, digital signals from the device go through the dual shielded cable to the audio circuit before being converted to an analog signal by the DAC. By processing the digital signal after, the result is superior, noise-free sound compared to other USB DAC products.

Astell&Kern HC3 Noise Reduction Model

Easy and Convenient - Plug & Play

Connect directly to a Windows PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet with a USB-C port that supports plug & play, without the need for a separate conversion adapter. The AK HC3 retrieves power from the connected playback device so it does not need to be charged or be connected to a separate external sound card, AMP, or DAC. Just connect AK HC3 to experience high-fidelity sound from a computer or mobile device.

The AK HC3 is also compatible with iOS devices using the included USB-C to Lightning adapter.

Astell&Kern HC3 Connected to Macbook with Pathfinder Earphone

HC3 Microphone and Controller Support

AK HC3 has been improved to be compatible with any 3 or 4-pole 3.5mm plug earphones and headsets, as well as in-line controller and microphone features of 4-pole earphones and headsets. Enjoy a greater range of entertainment experiences with your mobile device.

The direct USB connection provides lower latency compared to other wireless solutions, enabling an audio performance perfect for gaming. The voice chat features enhance your collaborative gaming experience, and the microphone input allows for professional web conferencing.

The rich sound capability of the HC3 adds to its utility by making your video experiences more realistic and immersive.

* When pairing your AK HC3 with iPhones, recording is supported for microphone input, but not supported for calls.

Astell&Kern HC3 Gaming and Videos


  • Model: AK HC3, Dark Gray Aluminum material
  • DAC: Dual-DAC (x2) ES9219MQ
  • Sample Rate
    • PCM: Support up to 32bit/384kHz
    • DSD Native: DSD64 (1bit 2.8MHz) Stereo | DSD128 (1bit 5.6MHz) Stereo | DSD256 (1bit 11.2MHz) Stereo
    • Roon Ready and MQA support
  • Input: USB-C (for Windows 10, 11, macOS, iOS, Android, & Tablet PC)
  • Output: 3.5mm (CTIA standard 4-pole supported)
  • LED
    • Standby: White
    • PCM: Red
    • DSD: Blue
    • MQA: Magenta
  • Weight: 0.7 oz (20g)
  • Dimensions
    • USB Plug: 12.5mm x 21mm x 8.7mm
    • 3.5mm Headphone: 18.2mm x 59mm x 11.5
  • Frequency Response: ±0.013dB (20Hz~20kHz) | ±0.020dB (20Hz~70kHz)
  • S/NR: 118dB @ 1kHz
  • Crosstalk: -130dB @ 1kHz
  • THD+N: 0.0005% @ 1kHz
  • IMD SMPTE: 0.0002%, 800Hz 10kHz (4:1)
  • Output Impedance:
  • Output Power / Voltage: 2Vrms (No Load)

A&K HC3 Quick Start Guide

Astell&Kern 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews

Boosts pretty well not exactly worth the full price maybe at like 150, at most 200, pushing it for aesthetic.

Runs hot for some reason.

Tyler Haynes
Excellent dongle

The HC3 exceeds my expectations. It has a lovely sound signature with a midnight black background. I’ve paired it with my iPhone 13 Pro Max and it works flawlessly (which I think the HC2 had some quirks with), and with a FiiO M11 Plus LTD. The Android app is a little redundant, IMHO, but that’s neither here nor there… it’s not necessary to use.

Only used IEMs, and a wide range of sensitivity, with no hiss or noise.

It’s nice to have this dongle for the times I want to leave my DAP home.

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