3-in-1 Compact top notch front end device
Any serious audiophile needs a pristine preamp, a high quality DAC and a really good headphones amp, right? Of course you could spend lots of money to buy these three as separates, but you no longer need to do this, as the Keces Audio S3 offers all this - at a fraction of the cost. The quality is impeccable, as we've come to expect from Keces Audio.
The preamplifier section has a 128 step volume control using relays, so an accurate L/R balance and extremely high signal quality are guaranteed. The elegant remote control can be used to adjust the volume from your listening position - no longer jumping from your seat when the next track is a bit too loud. The signal to noise ratio (S/N) is extremely high, while distortion is diminishingly low.
The DAC uses the legendary Sabre ES9026 PRO chip, for superior sound quality. To create the best possible "landscape" for the DAC itself, the power supply has 3 separate circuits in order to eliminate any crosstalk and interference between the digital and analog circuits, which may result in a harsh sound. It accepts all current formats from 16 bit / 44.1 kHz (Red Book standard) to 32 bit / 384 kHz. The S3 can be integrated in virtually all environments due to its 3 inputs; coaxial, optical (media boxes) and USB.
The headphones amp is also top notch, it will drive any headphones with ease, low or high impedance, sensitive or power hungry, it simply doesn't matter anymore. It even has a balanced headphones output on 4 pin female XLR. The output is so powerful (2000 mW output power into 32 Ohms per channel), it might seriously damage your hearing and / or your headphones!
Overall sound is neutral, with great dynamics, good detail retrieval and spatial properties, while being very musical. We could go on and on, but we recommend you to read the independent online reviews, that always end with a 90 to 100 % score.
KECES S3 – Beauty in Black by Sandu Vitalie @ soundnews.net (YouTube video too!)
Keces S3 DAC/Headphone Amplifier/Preamplifier by John Grandberg @ innerfidelity.com
Keces S3 Headphone Amplifier and DAC by Venoth Nair @ AV2Day.com
Test DAC/Kopfhörerverstärker KECES S3 by Martin Mertens @ EAR IN Magazine
KECES S3 DAC/AMP by Dave @ headfonia.com
Keces Audio S3 Fully Balanced Headphone Amplifier / DAC