The hi-fi keyboard DAC is something I never imagined would exist and now I must have one

After 16 or so years in this industry, I was pretty sure I’d seen it all – and then the FiiO KB3 ‘hi-fi keyboard’ popped up in my inbox and I immediately decided that I must have one.

It may look like a gaming-focused compact keyboard, what with those flashy mechanical keys, but the KB3 is as much about audio output as it is typed inputs. Connect it to your Mac or PC via USB and it can receive hi-res audio in up to 384kHz/32-bit and in formats including audiophile DSD256.

This digital audio is then converted to analogue by two ‘high-performance and efficient’ CS43131 DACs, amplified by two ‘low-noise’ amps and output to your chosen pair of headphones, which can be connected to the keyboard’s integrated 3.5mm or 4.4mm balanced outputs.

(Image credit: FiiO)

The key caps are swappable and transparent, and there are apparently multiple presets for the RGB lighting (which can also presumably be turned off entirely). FiiO has selected Gateron G Pro 3.0 switches for the keys, which are well-regarded for their reliability and longevity.