Astell&Kern HC2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
Astell&Kern HC2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio

Astell&Kern HC2 | Portable DAC and Amp

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The Choice for Hi-Fi Sound - Ultra High-Resolution Sound From Dual DACs

The Astell&Kern HC2 USB-C Dual DAC Cable features two Cirrus Logic CS43198 MasterHIFI™ DACs, a MasterHIFI™-level DAC that graces only a select few products, including the A&norma series, that are proven and celebrated by music lovers.

The HC2 provides Native DSD256 and 32-bit/384kHz support that enables it to play back high-quality sound files so you can enjoy the luxury and premium sound quality of Astell&Kern.

The Result of AK's Ultra-Fine Audio Design Technology

With its compact size and uncompromising performance, the HC2 makes it easy to enjoy real Hi-Fi sound anytime, anywhere.

Astell&Kern is adored by countless music lovers thanks to our dedication and meticulous delivery of the original sound with our signature DAPs, or portable high resolution audio players.

We included the Astell&Kern technology and know-how that has been accumulated from our DAPs over the years in this small device, measuring just 14x53mm.

 

 

High Output Noise-Free Sound With 4.4mm Output 

HC2 uses a 4.4mm balanced output—unlike the previous model that used a 3.5mm unbalanced output—allowing a greater variety of headphones and earphones that are made for Hi-Fi sound to be used optimally with a small USB DAC.

With the use of the 4.4mm balanced output, a higher output can be achieved with clearer channel separation while minimizing noise that may occur with an unbalanced output.

With HC2 you can enjoy high-quality sound via a balanced output that brings out the best performance in your headphones or earphones.

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 needing a separate conversion adapter, and enjoy high-quality sound.

The HC2 utilizes 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 HC2 to experience high-fidelity sound from a computer or mobile device.

The HC2 is also compatible with iOS devices using the included USB-C to Lightning adapter.

Noise-Free Rear Output Structure

HC2 has 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.

However, with the HC2, 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.

Dual Noise Shielded Cable

The HC2 features a dual shielded cable to minimize noise and deliver more vivid, original sound. The copper core wire is coated with tin to prevent corrosion and strengthen tensile force for enhanced durability.

In addition, the entire cable is wrapped in an aluminum film to block noise, the biggest issue in audio, then the tin-coated copper wire is woven to minimize noise interference to sound.

Volume Control Through a Dedicated Android APP

As is common with USB DACs, compatibility issues can arise such as different connected devices being set automatically to maximum volume output or playback at too low volume.

To resolve such issues and offer more greater control over volume and function of the HC2, we have developed a companion app for Android OS devices.

Specs

Model

AK HC2

Body Color

Dark Silver

Body Material

Aluminum

DAC

Cirrus Logic CS43198 x 2 (Dual-DAC)

Sample Rate

PCM: Support up to 32-Bit/384kHz
DSD Native: DSD64 (1-bit, 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128 (1-bit, 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256 (1-bit, 11.2MHz)

Input

USB Type-C Input (For Windows 10, Android Smartphone & Tablet PC, macOS)

Output Level

4Vrms

Outputs

4.4mm Balanced

LED

Power On/Off Indicator

Dimensions

USB Plug: 12mm [W] x 21mm [H] x 6.5mm [D]
4.4mm Headphone: 22.8mm [W] x 60mm [H] 12.1mm [D]

Weight

About 29g

 

Audio Specifications

Frequency Response

±0.011dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced
±0.145dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz) Balanced

S/N

122dB @ 1kHz, Balanced

Crosstalk

-146dB @ 1kHz, Balanced

THD+N

0.0004% @ 1kHz, Balanced

IMD SMPTE

0.0003%, 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Balanced

Output Impedance

4.4mm (1.5ohm)

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