Astell & Kern has recently released their newest portable music player, called the A&futura SE180. This is an Astell and Kern money player that can replace the DAC/Amp Module and is now available to order in the US.
The default SE180 DAC/Amp module will be equipped with an ESS 9038 Pro DAC chip, if you like, you can switch to the SEM2 module with dual DAC AKM AK4497EQ for $450.
In addition, the SE180 HiFi music player is also the first AK product to be equipped with a 5-inch screen with Full HD resolution, LDAC Bluetooth codec, support for MQA decoding, a new generation of Amplifier, and TERATON ALPHA technology for sound reproduction.
SE180 digital music player is also the second music device Astell & Kern equipped with a 4.4mm balance port after Kann Alpha. This is also the first device with a changed UI compared to its seniors as well as equipped with a dual-function multi-function key: play/pause and skip songs on the side instead of 3 keys as before.
Price and availability
Astell & Kern A&futura SE180 High-Resolution portable music player is now available to pre-order via the Bhphotovideo.com website for $1,499. You can also purchase various accessories for the device separately including Leather Case for $149 and All-In-One Audio Module for $349 at the same store.
Astell & Kern A&futura SE180 Specifications
- Body Color: Moon Silver
- Body Material: Aluminum
- Display: 5.0-inch 1920×1080 FHD
- Supported Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
- MQA playback: Services(Tidal Masters), Local files, External USB, MQA-CD(ripped)
- Memory: 256GB [NAND]
- DAC: ESS ES9038PRO (Single DAC)
- Decoding: Support up to 32bit / 384kHz Bit-to-Bit playback
- Input: USB Type-C input (for PC & MAC), microSD (Max. 1TB)
- Battery: 3,800mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery with charge time about 5hours (Standard : 5V / 2A Charging), about 3hours (Fast : 9V / 1.67A Charging)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm aptXTM HD, LDAC)
- Supported OS: Windows 8,10(32/64bit) Mac OS X 10.7 and up
- Dimensions: 77 mm x 129.2 mm x 19.9 mm
- Weight: 9.88 oz (280 g)