Astell & Kern A&futura SE180 Modular DAC Digital Audio Player

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  • Interchangeable All-in-One Module
  • TERATON ALPHA Audio Technology from Astell&Kern
  • Next Generation Astell&Kern AMP Technology
  • Updated UI with added functions for convenience
  • New AK file drop function for wireless transfers
  • Bluetooth 5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, LDAC)
  • Supported Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
  • Display: 5.0inch 1920×1080 FHD
  • Playback time: about 10.5hours (FLAC, 16bit, 44.1kHz, Vol.50, LCD Off)
  • Memory: 256GB [NAND] and expandable with microSD card (up to 1TB)
  • Comes with the ESS ES9038PRO module (supporting 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm connections)
  • Support for high-resolution audio playback up to native DSD256 and 32bit/384kHz
  • Sample rate: PCM: 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample), DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo

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In the Box

  • Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 player
  • SEM1 ESS ES9038PRO DAC module
  • USB-C to USB-A cable (1 metre)
  • 3 x screen protectors
  • Quick start guide

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Astell & Kern A&futura SE180 Modular DAC Digital Audio Player

The third product in the A&futura line, the SE180, continues the trend of exciting innovation for Astell&Kern products, while providing the uncompromised sound quality Astell&Kern is famous for.

With the SE180, in addition to superb audio technology, Astell&Kern wanted to show users an element of fun that is hard to find in most Hi-Fi products.

It is an advanced audio system created with the technology Astell&Kern is known for around the world. With the SE180, premium Hi-Fi Sound is now available through the use of interchangeable, all-in-one modules, by Astell&Kern.


Interchangeable All-in-One

Like the SE200, different DACs can be used in one DAP, but Astell&Kern wanted to do something different for the SE180. The introduction of Interchangeable All-in-One Modules, carry on the multi-DAC experience, but add a new and fun experience. This reflects the DNA of the innovation that the A&futura line is known for.

The SE180 is a module-separated product that increases the convenience of connection between the main body of the player and the module. It features an innovative double-locking design that securely connects each component while providing smooth lines that naturally flow without any sense of separateness between the two pieces.

By applying different DAC/AMP configurations, adjusting tuning and outputs for each module, the user can choose the most suitable module for Premium Hi-Fi Sound.

The default configuration module contains the ESS ES9038PRO, an 8-channel DAC mainly used for premium home audio equipment. This DAC provides a wider dynamic range and more detailed sophistication. The module supports 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm connections to allow for a greater variety of headphones/IEMs.

Next Generation Advanced AMP technology

With the SE180, Astell&Kern applied Next Generation AMP technology to push beyond the sound quality others feel is acceptable for Premium Hi-Fi Sound to produce the best sound possible.

From the selection of OP-AMP parts, to circuit design, board layout and tuning, everything has been completely redesigned to produce the best sound.

It is difficult to improve the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) while maintaining a high output.

Navigation bar for easier navigation

To provide more convenient movement through the player user interface that is consistent with an Android smartphone experience, the SE180 features a new navigation bar, the first in an Astell&Kern player.

Now you can easily navigate with a single touch and deliver music playback information from any screen. The new one swipe feature moves you to the previous screen.

AK File Drop to enjoy wireless transfers

The new AK File Drop function in the SE180 makes files transfers easier and more convenient.

Using AK File Drop, you can freely transfer files wirelessly through a PC, smartphone, or FTP program located on the same network.

Music file management is now possible with a cableless, wireless solution.

Wireless Hi-Fi Sound Through BT Sync

The newly introduced BT Sync function connects the SE180 to an external device via Bluetooth, similar to connecting a smartphone with a BT speaker.

Music from an external device, such as a smartphone can now be played back in high-quality on the SE180 using the BT Sync function.


Equipped with full HD Touchscreen, Bluetooth 5.0 and Support for Wireless 24-bit aptX-HD, LDAC Codecs

The SE180 features a 5” full HD (1920×1080 resolution) screen to provide a higher quality display.

Some of the most popular features found in other Astell&Kern players are also included in the SE180, such as LED lighting around the volume wheel which displays different colours of light, including red, green, blue, and purple to reflect music playback information including volume range, bit-rate of track currently playing and the current DAC that is being used for playback of music. With MQA support and a full decoder built-in, the SE180 can unfold MQA encoded tracks all the way to the original resolution of the file. MQA playback is supported both via downloaded MQA audio files and through music streaming services with MQA support.

Latest generation Bluetooth 5.0 features faster transmission speed and greater range compared to Bluetooth 4.2, therefore providing a more stable wireless connection. Both LDAC™ and aptX™ HD codecs are supported to provide audiophiles with 24-bit audio playback wirelessly.

The player includes 256GB of internal memory with support for microSD cards up to 1TB, Wi-Fi, DLNA networking, USB digital audio output, USB-C for data transfer and fast-charge support, and the ability to use the SE180 as a USB DAC for your Mac or Windows-based PC.

Astell&Kern’s latest user interface and support for Open App service is also included in the SE180, which adds Android APK support, allowing users to install additional music streaming services to their player by simply copying and installing the corresponding APK file for the music service they wish to add. Services supported include Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal, SoundCloud, Qobuz, SiriusXM, Tune-In, myTuner, Bandcamp and Deezer (supported streaming services varies by country). Offline content for supported apps can be stored in either internal or external player memory so you can listen to your favourite music streaming service tracks on the go.

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Press Reviews
Astell & Kern A&futura SE180 review
Astell & Kern A&futura SE180 review
Date added: 29 Sep 2021
"The new SE180 is the third model in Astell & Kern’s near-flagship A&futura range, following the inaugural SE100 and SE200, both of which gained What Hi-Fi? Awards in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The latter introduced a multi-DAC concept that saw two user-selectable DAC configurations built into the player, and the SE180 here expands on that with an interchangeable DAC module design. " "Of course, these modules can be considered optional extras; potential upgrade or experimental paths that can be taken advantage of or completely ignored. After all, the SE180 is an all-in-one player in itself, with the default module containing the ESS ES9038PRO DAC. It supports 32-bit/384kHz PCM, native DSD256 and MQA audio and, like the optional SEM2 module, has 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm outputs to cater for a wide range of headphones." "The SE180’s appeal doesn’t live and breathe solely on its quirky concept. It’s also the first model to boast Astell & Kern’s new Teraton Alpha audio technology, which progresses the company’s Teraton solution and has been further designed to remove noise and optimise efficiency right through the chain, from power to amplification to the output section where the digital-to-analogue signal conversion takes place."