Best Sound Quality: Asahi Kasei Microdevices to Present Premium Audio Solutions at HIGH END 2019 in Munich

Düsseldorf, April 11, 2019 – From 9 to 12 May 2019, Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation, (AKM), will exhibit for the first time at Europe’s leading specialist trade fair for high-quality consumer electronics – „HIGH END“ – in Munich, Germany. One of the highlights will be the latest audio D/A Converter (DAC) flagship AK4499, which was launched in December 2018, featuring the world’s lowest THD+N value (Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise). Visitors are invited to actively convince themselves of the premium audio quality of the products at the booth.

Founded in 1931 as a subsidiary of the Japanese technology group Asahi Kasei, AKM is increasingly strengthening its marketing activities on the European market and is this year for the first time presenting itself at HIGH END. As the highlight of this year’s presentation, the one-stop provider of LSIs (Large Scale Integration) for high-resolution audio systems will showcase the VERITA AK4499, the new flagship D/A converter from the „VELVET SOUND“ family.

With a value of -124 dB, the newcomer to the product range offers the world’s highest class of low THD+N. At the same time, it provides the world’s highest signal-to-noise ratio (S/N), with up to 140 dB. A specially developed IC (Integrated Circuit) manufacturing process ensures the best sound quality. It furthermore features a current output architecture – the first among products from AKM. This allows manufacturers of audio devices to simply integrate the AK4499 to their systems.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to test the AK4431 stereo and AK4332 HiFi D/A converters for bluetooth headphones, ensuring a high-quality sound with low power consumption.

With over 30 years of experience as an audio device manufacturer, the company introduced the „VELVET SOUND“ brand – a family of D/A, A/D as well as sampling rate converters for premium audio systems – in 2014. An accurate reproduction of the original sound recording with an active and dynamic audio space is the „VELVET SOUND“ philosophy – providing the listener with an excellent sound experience.

AKM will exhibit in Hall 4, Booth T13. Under the following link, visitors of the fair can register in advance for the audio demonstrations at the booth:

About Asahi Kasei Microdevices
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM) designs and manufactures CMOS mixed signal inte-grated circuits and magnetic sensors for applications including audio, multimedia, consumer elec-tronics, industrial infrastructure, and telecommunications. Asahi Kasei Microdevices is a one-stop provider of D/A converters, A/D converters and sampling rate converters for high-resolution audio systems, and has continued to provide customers with optimum solutions all over the world for over 30 years. AKM belongs to the Asahi Kasei Group and is the world market leader for Hall ele-ments and Hall effect ICs with a market share of more than 75 percent. Additional information is available at

Asahi Kasei Corporation is a globally active diversified technology company with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business. The Material division encompasses fibers & textiles, petrochemicals, performance polymers, performance materials, consumables, battery separators, and electronic devices. The Homes division provides housing and construction materials to the Japanese market. The Health Care division includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and acute critical care devices and systems. With approximately 34,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries.

Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

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