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  • Model: Kexes Audio | S3
  • Shipping Weight: 4kg

Kexes Audio | S3 | DAC + Headphone Amplifier + Preamplifier.

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.


High Quality Toroidal Power Transformer
High-performance DAC-ESS ES9026PRO.
USB DAC: PCM 32 bit/384kHz and DSD DSD64(DoP)/DSD128 (DoP) DSD64/DSD128/DSD256 (ASIO Native).
COAXIAL/OPTICAL DAC: PCM 24 bit/192kHz and DSD DSD64(DoP).
Placed Balanced/Unbalanced Headphone output: Max Output Power 2000mW + 2000mW@32ohms.
Placed RCA/XLR Input/Output interface: Could be a Preamplifier.
Volume Control System: 128 step attenuator. Accurate control volume to achieve left/right channel balanced.
Isolation circuit: Completely separates the grounding of the digital and analog sections.
Volume/Source/Sampling display using OLED has excellent visibility.
The 4mm thickness of the aluminum chassis to effective to blocks EMI/RFI interference.
The full-metal body realizes both vibration control and elegant style in an A4-size body that enables placement on a desktop to be a PC HIFI system or to be a small stereo system.
Windows USB drivers


DAC, preamplifier and headphone amplifier in one
Elegant aluminum 5 button / 4 functions remote control included
Volume/source/sampling display using OLED with excellent visibility
Volume control system using 128 step attenuator
USB, coaxial and optical digital inputs
RCA and XLR input (truly balanced)
RCA and XLR output (truly balanced)
High-performance ES9026PRO DAC
USB DAC: PCM 32 bit / 384 kHz and
DSD 64(DoP) DSD 128 (DoP) DSD64/DSD128/DSD256 (ASIO Native)
Coaxial and optical DAC: PCM 24 bit / 192 kHz and DSD64(DoP)
HQ headphones amp with 1/4" jack and XLR 4 pin balanced outputs
Headphones amp is able to drive any headphones with ease
3 Separate linear power supplies; separate ground for analog and digital
4 mm Aluminum housing; fully shielded against EMI/RFI interference
Radiation free to prevent polluting other equipment
Weight 4 kg
Dimensions 300x220x66 mm


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