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Astell&Kern

Astell&Kern - AK HC2

Portable Balanced DAC & Amp
Sale price₹ 14,999 Regular priceMRP: ₹ 16,999
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This Astell&Kern - AK HC2 comes with a warranty from Astell&Kern that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

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The Astell&Kern - AK HC2 is eligible for Easy Exchange within 7 days of delivery. Your exchange request will be accepted only once. We want to make sure that you end up with a product that you 100% love. 

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6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0

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7 DAY REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE

In case you receive the Astell&Kern - AK HC2 with a manufacturing defect, please raise a return request within 7 days of delivery.

However, if you receive an incorrect / damaged / different product or one with missing accessories, please raise a return request within 24 hours of delivery. In case you receive a product with a missing, incorrect, or faulty accessory, you will be given a replacement accessory instead of the entire product.

Please make sure that the product is in the original packaging with all the accessories it came with. We'll also need an unboxing video and images of the parcel to investigate about the discrepancy. You may be asked to share images of the product and the packaging received for us to determine the damage or defect prior to approving the return request. The free replacement will be shipped only once the original order is returned.

A replacement will be issued only if:

- It is found to be defective 
- It is determined that the product was not damaged while in your possession
- The product is not different from what was shipped to you
- The product is returned in original condition (with brand’s/manufacturer's box, MRP tag intact, user manual, warranty card and all the accessories therein)

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Once you receive your pre loved purchase, you get 48 hours to inspect and let us know if it's not as per the specs and images in the listing.

If the product you received is not functional, we will pick it up and send it back to the seller and you can choose to get a full refund or store credit.

7 DAY REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE

All bundled products are covered by the Headphone Zone 7 Day Replacement Guarantee.

However, you cannot return any item in the case you do not like it. If one item is defective - you will get a free replacement for that item. No refund or store credit will be given.

Please keep the product in its original condition with all accessories & packaging for a successful return. We may contact you to assess the damage or defect before issuing a replacement.

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ABOUT PRAVEEN KAMATH

Praveen, our Headphone Guru is an audio connoisseur and staunch Meze fanboy. He loves the RAI Penta and the Empyrean, equally. When not writing about, thinking about or listening to music: He's an avid beerologist too and staunchly believes that the combination of both beats every music setup out there! You'll often find him listening to The Weeknd, The Score and The Script.

ABOUT RAGHAV SOMANI

Raghav Somani is the Founder & CEO of Headphone Zone. An avid audiophile and musician since 2008, his choice of headphones include STAX Electrostats, Audeze LCD 3, and for music on the go, the JH Audio Roxanne + Astell&Kern SP1000 is never too far away. On his playlist, you'll find A.R. Rahman, Michael Jackson, and the Eagles.

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Tenure available: 3 and 6 Months
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6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0

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4 Low Cost EMI ₹ 3,750 ₹ 2,979 ₹ 666

Tenure available: 3 Months
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Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
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Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 14% ₹ 5,117 ₹ 351
6 14% ₹ 2,603 ₹ 618
9 14% ₹ 1,765 ₹ 888
12 14% ₹ 1,347 ₹ 1,162
18 14% ₹ 929 ₹ 1,717
24 14% ₹ 720 ₹ 2,284
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 5,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0
9 14% ₹ 1,765 ₹ 888
12 14% ₹ 1,347 ₹ 1,162
18 15% ₹ 936 ₹ 1,844
24 15% ₹ 727 ₹ 2,455
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 5,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0
9 13% ₹ 1,758 ₹ 824
12 13% ₹ 1,340 ₹ 1,077
18 15% ₹ 936 ₹ 1,844
24 15% ₹ 727 ₹ 2,455
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 5,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0
9 15% ₹ 1,772 ₹ 953
12 15% ₹ 1,354 ₹ 1,246
18 15% ₹ 936 ₹ 1,844
24 15% ₹ 727 ₹ 2,455
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 5,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0
9 15% ₹ 1,772 ₹ 953
12 15% ₹ 1,354 ₹ 1,246
18 15% ₹ 936 ₹ 1,844
24 15% ₹ 727 ₹ 2,455
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 5,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0
9 13.50% ₹ 1,762 ₹ 856
12 13.50% ₹ 1,343 ₹ 1,119
18 13.50% ₹ 925 ₹ 1,654
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 5,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0
9 13.99% ₹ 1,765 ₹ 888
12 13.99% ₹ 1,347 ₹ 1,161
18 14.99% ₹ 936 ₹ 1,843
24 14.99% ₹ 727 ₹ 2,453
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 5,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0
9 13% ₹ 1,758 ₹ 824
12 12% ₹ 1,333 ₹ 993
18 12% ₹ 915 ₹ 1,465
24 12% ₹ 706 ₹ 1,946
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 5,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0
9 14% ₹ 1,765 ₹ 888
12 14% ₹ 1,347 ₹ 1,162
18 15% ₹ 936 ₹ 1,844
24 15% ₹ 727 ₹ 2,455
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 5,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0
9 15% ₹ 1,772 ₹ 953
12 15% ₹ 1,354 ₹ 1,246
18 15% ₹ 936 ₹ 1,844
24 15% ₹ 727 ₹ 2,455
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 5,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0
9 14% ₹ 1,765 ₹ 888
12 14% ₹ 1,347 ₹ 1,162
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 5,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0
9 14% ₹ 1,765 ₹ 888
12 14% ₹ 1,347 ₹ 1,162
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 5,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 2,500 ₹ 0
9 14% ₹ 1,765 ₹ 888
12 14% ₹ 1,347 ₹ 1,162
18 15% ₹ 936 ₹ 1,844
24 15% ₹ 727 ₹ 2,455

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Designed in
Korea

1 Year of
Warranty

4.4mm
Balanced Output

Cirrus Logic CS43198
Dual DAC Chip

4Vrms
Power Output

Ideal for Audiophiles

These Amps & DACs are designed for discerning music lovers. If you are someone who cares about audio quality deeply, you'll want a pair of Amps & DACs like these. You can expect these Amps & DACs to present you with a refined listening experience. The audio quality exhibited by these Amps & DACs is a beautiful mix of musicality, technical brilliance and high precision. These Amps & DACs deliver a spacious and open soundstage that compares listening to music on actual speakers.

Best Suited for Portable Use

The ability to carry your favourite headphone around is priceless for those who value them. These headphones and devices offer the ultimate portability experience without sacrificing sound quality. If you’re someone who appreciates cutting edge engineering, quality sound and portability, then look no further. Designed to be trusty companions, these headphones and devices are cleverly engineered with the latest technology to offer the ultimate combination of portability + hi-fidelity.

Ideal for Commuting

If you’re someone who enjoys listening to music while commuting, then you know the value of a good pair of headphones or earphones. These headphones allow you to listen to your favourite track, make that important call on the go or even block out the world for a focused podcast listening experience. You can expect these headphones to offer a seamless connectivity experience via a wired connection or a wireless one. They are lightweight in design and provide isolation or noise cancellation as an added functionality.

Metal build

The longevity of your headphone/devices is strongly affected by its build quality, and a poorly built pair is more susceptible to breaking in a short amount of time. This is even more important for the listener who travels with their headphones/devices frequently, as wear and tear are more probable.Headphones/devices built with metal and metal components usually tend to last longer and can withstand wear and tear and potential damage. Modern processes allow all kinds of precious and durable metals to be used while making devices and offer a longer lifetime for users.

Pair with Laptop via USB

A majority of people use a laptop as the primary source device to listen to music or watch movies. Since the laptop is an essential part of the audio chain there are headphones and devices designed to work a laptop or computer system flawlessly. With the availability of USB connectivity, it becomes easier to pair various devices like an Amp, DAC or even headphones without worrying about drivers or any additional piece of software.

Super Lightweight Design

When you want to be constantly hooked to your music, you’d need a pair of lightweight headphones – one that you can wear and forget about instead of one that keeps pressing you down with its weight. And contrary to popular belief, the sound quality of your headphones doesn’t change with weight. Recent designs have combined durable, yet light materials to construct lightweight headphones that are sleeker, trendier and more comfortable than ever before. Of course, lightweight headphones are also easy to take along wherever you go – they don’t add weight to your bag or occupy too much space.

ENJOY ULTRA HIGH-RESOLUTION SOUND WITH THE ALL-NEW ASTELL&KERN HC2

High-resolution audio on streaming services allows you to appreciate rich tones and emotional nuance in your music. However, as headphone ports disappear on smartphones, it makes it increasingly difficult to use wired earphones that deliver high-quality sound. Due to this, people experience the limitations of wireless audio transmission and slow response speeds. Understanding this simple technological shift in our world, Astell&Kern brings forth an elegant solution with their all-new HC2. The Astell&Kern HC2 features dual DAC architecture in a portable form factor to present ultra high-resolution sound, along with USB-C connectivity. HC2 allows you to reveal micro-details in your music and gives you the ability to enjoy your music like never before.

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EQUIPPED WITH DUAL DAC CHIPS TO DELIVER ULTRA HIGH-RESOLUTION LISTENING EXPERIENCE

Designed to complement Astell&Kern's series of Digital Audio Players, the HC2 lets you enjoy the dynamic and lifelike high-definition sound on your computer and Android mobile phones without using a high-end sound card. 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 decoding support that enables it to play back high-quality sound files so you can enjoy the luxury and premium sound quality of Astell&Kern.

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LEVERAGING ASTELL&KERN’S AUDIO DESIGN TECHNOLOGY AND AUDIO ARCHITECTURE

Astell&Kern is adored by countless music lovers thanks to their dedication and meticulous delivery of accurate sound with its signature DAPs, or portable high-resolution audio players. The HC2 showcases Astell&Kern's technologies and know-how in this small device. It features micro resistors and capacitors to achieve small dimensions without compromising performance. Tailored ultra-small tantalum capacitors, create a stable system and audio performance by controlling the power fluctuations. In addition, the output and audio performance are enhanced with Astell&Kern's proprietary technology while minimising power consumption. This architecture delivers pristine sound without distortion, even when using high-impedance headphones or sensitive earphones.

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ENJOY HIGH OUTPUT AND NOISE-FREE SOUND WITH A BALANCED 4.4MM CONNECTION

HC2 uses a 4.4mm balanced output, allowing a greater variety of headphones and earphones to be paired for optimal performance. With a 4.4mm balanced connection, a higher output power of 4Vrms can be achieved with clear channel separation and minimised noise, unlike an unbalanced output. HC2 has a rear audio output design to minimise noise. Most USB DAC products have the DAC positioned in the USB terminal connected directly to the device to process and output audio. However, on the HC2, digital signals are transmitted from the source device through the dual shielded cable to the audio circuit before being converted to analogue signal by the DAC. By processing the digital signal in this manner, the result is superior and noise-free sound.

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EASY PLUG & PLAY DESIGN WITH USB-C CONNECTION AND APP FOR VOLUME CONTROL

Astell&Kern HC2 has been designed to offer ultimate convenience with a plug & play design. Now you can connect the HC2 directly to a Windows PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet with a USB-C port, without needing a separate conversion adapter. The HC2 utilises power from the connected playback device, eliminating the need for charging. Just connect the HC2 to experience high-fidelity sound from a computer or mobile device. The HC2 is also compatible with iOS devices using the bundled USB-C to Lightning adapter. To resolve the issue of volume automatically set to maximum levels or output at low levels, Astell&Kern has designed a dedicated volume app for android devices, offering greater control over volume and the functions of the HC2.

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EXPERTLY BUILT, ENGINEERED AND DESIGNED WITH PREMIUM AND REFINED MATERIALS

The team at Astell&Kern have leveraged all their knowledge of designing high-quality devices into the HC2. The HC2 features a dual shielded cable to minimise noise and deliver a 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 aluminium film to block noise, the biggest issue in audio, then the tin-coated copper wire is woven to minimise noise interference to sound. The body of the Astell&Kern is made from aluminium refined material to add to its durability. To enhance the performance of the HC2 it has also been tested by Roon to guarantee a simple setup and easy daily use. Room tested devices guarantee the best audio performance.

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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Astell&Kern - AK HC2 comes with a warranty from Astell&Kern that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about Astell&Kern's warranty in India.

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