Astell&Kern - AK HC4

Portable Balanced DAC & Amp

Sale price₹ 19,999 Regular priceMRP: ₹ 21,999
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7 Day Replacement Guarantee

In case you receive the Astell&Kern - AK HC4 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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Warranty & Services

Don't sweat it, this Astell&Kern - AK HC4 comes with a 1 Year 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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Why Astell&Kern is Special

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Designed in Korea

Established & Reputed

Trust us, our reputation in the audio world speaks for itself!


This headphone or gear comes from a well-respected brand known for its high-quality audio equipment, so you can be confident in your purchase.


If you see a product marked as “🎖️ Established & Reputed”, it means you're getting a top-tier device from a brand that's earned its stripes in the audio industry.

Revered by Audiophiles

Audiophiles can be really picky and tough to impress and if the audiophile community says something sounds good, you can bet it's great!


This headphone or gear has gained recognition and admiration from audiophiles, who are known for their discerning taste in high-fidelity audio. They appreciate its precision, attention to detail and its ability to deliver an immersive sonic experience.


If you see a product marked as "🙌🏻 Revered by Audiophiles", it means that it meets the highest standards of sound quality and performance, making it a top choice for anyone who values exceptional audio experiences.

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Born in 2004

Why we love this DAC/Amp

Premium Economy

Sensible spending and class above in quality. 


This headphone or gear offers top-notch sound and performance without much impact on your pocket, promising a delightful experience that exceeds your expectations at an economical price point.


If you see a product marked as “💎 Premium Economy," it indicates that you're getting a high-quality audio product with exceptional sound clarity and reliable performance, all at a budget-friendly price.

Ideal for Beginners

Lost in the Audio Maze? Let Us Guide Your Beginner Audiophile Journey!


If you are a newcomer in the audio world, this headphone or gear is a stepping stone for those overwhelmed by the plethora of options available.


If you see a product marked with “🌱 Ideal for Beginners," it indicates that this device is perfect for starting your audiophile journey.

For Audiophiles On-the-Go

Are you an audiophile looking to carry your music with you wherever you go?


This headphone or gear is portable and is designed to deliver top-notch audio quality on the move, ensuring your favourite tracks sound their best no matter where you are.


If you see a product marked "🛺 For Audiophiles On-the-Go", it means this product is perfectly portable, turning every journey into a musical adventure with studio-quality sound!

Works Great with Type-C

Don’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack on your phone? Don’t worry we got you covered.


This headphone or gear is fully compatible with Type-C USB connectors. Not only do they seamlessly connect to your device without needing an additonal dongle or adapter and ensures optimal performance without any hassle.


If you see a product marked as “📱 Works Great with Type-C”, you can be confident that you'll experience seamless connectivity with a universal connection standard that simplifies your audio setup.

Built like a Tank

No need to worry about durability.


If you're seeking a headphone or gear with a strong, rugged build, this snapshot indicates that this is the one for you.


If you see a product marked with “🪖 Built like a Tank", it means this product is crafted with metal in its design, ensuring exceptional robustness and durability.

Why it Sounds Amazing

DAC Chip

Know the secret to your pristine audio.


This headphone or gear reveals the secret sauce behind superior audio quality, highlighting the presence of a high-performance DAC chip for pristine sound reproduction.


If you see products marked as “⚙️ DAC Chip”, expect to experience your music with unparalleled clarity, detail, and fidelity, ensuring that every note and nuance is faithfully reproduced for your listening pleasure.

Power Output

When you need that juice to get the best out of your products.


This headphone or gear packs a punch, revealing the product's impressive power output capabilities, ensuring it can handle even the most demanding products with ease.


If you see products marked as “🚀 Power Output”, you're in for a treat with robust performance for driving high-fidelity products without breaking a sweat.

Balanced Output

Upgrading from single-ended to balanced can be the easiest way to improve your sound.


This DAC, Amp or Hi-Res player offers a balanced output, ensuring pristine audio quality with minimised interference and enhanced clarity for your listening pleasure.


If you see a product marked as "⚖️ Balanced Output”, get ready for a symphony of crystal-clear tunes, free from any unwanted noise drama!

ELEVATE YOUR AUDIO WITH AK HC4: ASTELL&KERN'S PREMIUM DAC CABLE

Astell&Kern introduces the AK HC4, a premium Hi-Fi USB DAC cable designed to deliver a true Hi-Fi experience on smartphones and PCs. This compact solution packs the renowned Hi-Fi sound that Astell&Kern is celebrated for, providing audiophiles with an exceptional audio experience in a small and portable form factor.

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UNLEASHING AKM'S AK4493S DAC FOR UNPRECEDENTED SOUND QUALITY

The AK HC4 sets itself apart by incorporating AKM's AK4493S DAC, marking a significant leap in achieving ultra-high-resolution sound. AKM's DAC, known for its excellence in Astell&Kern's digital audio players, is now seamlessly integrated into the USB DAC Cable lineup. Enhanced noise control, lower power design, and precise amp design technology contribute to the AK HC4's ability to deliver exceptionally high-quality Hi-Fi sound, supporting Native DSD256 and up to 32bit/384kHz for a premium audio experience.

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EMBEDS AN EXCLUSIVE AMPLIFICATION CIRCUITRY FOR CLEAN POWER OUTPUT

To ensure stable output power and ultra-high-quality Hi-Fi sound, the AK HC4 introduces an exclusive AMP circuitry that surpasses standard built-in DAC AMP designs. Carefully selecting ultra-small tantalum capacitors and leveraging Astell&Kern's unique power management technology, the AK HC4 achieves a small footprint without compromising performance, providing a compact yet powerful solution for audiophiles.

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3.5MM AND 4.4MM OUTPUT TO CONNECT YOUR FAVOURITE IEMS AND EARPHONES

Featuring Dual Output with both 3.5mm and 4.4mm connectors, the AK HC4 eliminates the need for adapters or additional cables. The 4.4mm Balanced output delivers a high output of 3Vrms, maximizing performance for sensitive headphones and IEMs. Simultaneously, the 3.5mm Unbalanced output ensures compatibility with a majority of existing IEMs and headphones, offering a sufficient output of 2Vrms for a versatile listening experience.

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ASTELL & KERN HC4 REDEFINES AUDIO EXCELLENCE WITH DAR TECHNOLOGY AND GAMING BLISS

Equipped with Digital Audio Remaster (DAR) technology, the AK HC4 upsamples the sample rate of the sound source, delivering more refined and analogue-like original sound. This technology enhances the richness of the original sound, capturing subtle nuances and providing a higher level of auditory enjoyment. Additionally, the AK HC4 supports both UAC 2.0 and UAC 1.0 connections, making it ideal for gaming on various platforms, including PlayStation and Switch, ensuring low latency and enhanced sound for an immersive gaming experience.

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LED INDICATORS ON THE FRONT PANEL AND BUNDLED WITH A DUAL NOISE-SHIELDED CABLE

The AK HC4 features a dual noise-shielded cable with interchangeable Type-C and Lightning connections for compatibility with Android and iOS devices. The copper core wire, coated with tin for corrosion prevention, is wrapped in an aluminum film to block noise effectively. The LED indicators on the front display song details and USB connection status, providing real-time information about the AK HC4's operation.

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EXPERTLY DESIGNED TO HIGHLIGHT FORM AND ELEVATE FUNCTIONALITY

Before using the AK HC4, users are advised to check the volume settings on connected devices to prevent potential hearing damage. The product supports most Android and iOS devices, Windows 10/11, and macOS products but may have compatibility restrictions depending on specific hardware, software, or system configurations. The AK HC4's design philosophy, embracing light and shadow, is evident in its unibody structure, minimal bonding lines, and ergonomic features, providing users with both aesthetics and functionality.

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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Astell&Kern - AK HC4 comes with a 1 Year 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.

Luxury Meets Innovation: Difference in Sound Quality

Founded in October 2013 in South Korea, Astell&Kern is a premium audio brand renowned for its commitment to delivering uncompromised hi-res audio experiences. Derived from Greek, where "Astell" means "Stars" and "Kern" means "Core," the brand symbolizes the pursuit of capturing the essence of music—the "original sound." Astell&Kern addresses the decline in audio quality due to inferior formats like MP3, aiming to revive sound integrity for musicians and enthusiasts alike.

Their diverse product range, from audio players to earphones, reflects their dedication to precision and accuracy in sound reproduction. With acclaimed offerings like the Astell&Kern AK XB10 and Astell&Kern Billie Jean, they continue to enrich music and listening experiences globally, delivering soul-touching sound.

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Major HiFi

Gold Award

Major HiFi
Dec, 2023

MAJORHiFi

"Everything about the Astell & Kern HC4 represents one of the best DAC dongles you can get.Using the HC4 with both headphones and IEMs enhances them with tons of power and detail."

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