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AKM resumes sample shipments of 13 VELVET SOUND DAC/ADC products for high-end and portable audio devices



Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM) resumes sample shipments of 13 VELVET SOUND brand D/A converter (DAC) and A/D converter (ADC) products. These samples start shipping in January 2022. Mass production is scheduled for the third quarter of 2022.

115dB 768kHz / 32-bit 2-/4-/6-/8-ch DAC: AK4452, AK4454, AK4456, AK4458  
111dB 768kHz / 32-bit 4-/8-ch ADC: AK5534, AK5538 
115dB 768kHz / 32-bit 2-/4-/8-ch ADC: AK5552, AK5554, AK5558
121dB 768kHz / 32-bit 2-/4-/8-ch ADC: AK5572, AK5574, AK5578
Differential Input Stereo 32-bit ADC with Excellent PSRR: AK5522

AKM has introduced numerous audio converter ICs to the world since the late 1980s, when music digitization became widespread. In total, AKM has shipped over 3.5 billion audio devices, and our solutions have been adopted by over 2500 customers across all audio-related industries. These products are used not only in high-end and consumer audio applications, but also in the most demanding recording and mixing environments and electronic musical instruments. AKM audio products are indispensable for delivering the world's highest level of entertainment.

VELVET SOUND is a sound philosophy and brand concept for AKM’s next-generation audio devices, featuring new chip architectures and core technologies. The new circuitry found in VELVET SOUND devices is designed to maximize dynamics and ensure pure, unaltered audio data, prioritizing the accurate capture and reproduction of the source material in order to achieve high performance and rich musicality. These devices were designed specifically for the high-resolution digital audio era.

VELVET SOUND's Daishin Kashimoto, 1st Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmoniker, as brand ambassador for VELVET SOUND


  • CD/SACD Players
  • Network Audio
  • Digital Audio Players
  • Electronic Instruments
  • Sound Bars
  • Public Address Systems
  • Studio Mixers
  • External Amplifiers for Car Audio
  • Audio Interfaces
  • Wireless Speakers

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