Astell & Kern’s new hi-res USB DAC has microphone connectivity and a reasonable price tag

Astell & Kern is best known for its high quality portable audio players, so imagine our surprise and delight when it unveiled a USB DAC with a reasonable price tag. The A&K HC3 costs £199 / $190 / AU$299.95 – which seems like a bargain considering what it can do.

But not only is it reasonably priced, it also has a sensible name, unlike Astell & Kern’s unpronounceable audio players (A&norma SR25, anyone?). Astell & Kern, are you all right?

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