Astell & Kern A&futura SE180 Portable Music Player

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Shape your sound with the Astell&Kern A&futura SE180, the most advanced A&K digital audio player yet - and the first to feature interchangeable DAC modules.

The innovative interchangeable DAC design not only offers a new level of audio flexibility for the user but also improves the sound performance. By physically separating the main body from the all-in-one module, power and radio frequency (RF) noise generated by the main unit is completely blocked. This creates an independent structure that prevents noise from interfering with music playback.

The SEM2 Asahi Kasei AK4497EQ Dual DAC will be the first optional module available on launch with the ability to play files up to 32-bit/768kHz PCM and native DSD512. Both the SEM1 (supplied with player) and SEM2 modules support 2.5 mm, 3.5 mm and 4.4 mm headphones connections for accommodating a greater variety of headphones and in-ear monitors (IEM)

SE180 is also the first player to harbour TERATON ALPHA technology that effectively removes power noise and provides efficient power consumption and amplification right through to the audio output interface stage, which is where the digital-to-analogue signal conversion (DAC) takes place. This is audio technology that Astell&Kern has consistently developed and perfected over the years.

The A&futura SE180 user-interface has also been enhanced to offer an experience consistent with an Android smartphone. A new navigation bar pinned at the bottom of the screen allows users to control playback and skip tracks from any screen, while a single swipe returns to the previous screen.

Album artwork pops from the screen with the A&futura SE180. This is the first Astell&Kern player to boast a full HD display. A 5-inch touchscreen packs a 1920x1080 pixel resolution, 16.7 million colours and 441 PPI (Pixels Per Inch), resulting in a clean and sharp user-interface design.


  • Interchangeable all-in-one DAC modules.
  • New TERATON ALPHA Sound Solution technology.
  • Full HD display for improved image quality.
  • Enhanced user interface more consistent with an Android smartphone experience.
  • Support for high-resolution audio playback up to native DSD256 and 32 bit / 384 kHz.


  • Model: A&futura SE180 (with SEM1 DAC module)
  • Body Colour: Moon Silver
  • Body Material: Aluminium
  • Display: 5-inch, 1920x1080 FHD Touch Display
  • Supported Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
  • Sample rates: PCM: 8 kHz ~ 384 kHz (8/16/24/32 bits per Sample), DSD Native: DSD64(1 bit 2.8 MHz), Stereo / DSD128(1 bit 5.6 MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1 bit 11.2 MHz), Stereo
  • Output Level: [Normal Gain] Unbalanced 2 Vrms / Balanced 4 Vrms (Condition No Load), [High Gain] Unbalanced 3 Vrms / Balanced 6 Vrms (Condition No Load)
  • CPU: Quad-Core
  • Decoding: Support up to 32 bit / 384 kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback
  • Input: USB Type-C input (for charging PC & MAC)
  • Outputs: Unbalanced Out (3.5 mm) / Optical Out(3.5 mm), Balanced Out (2.5 mm, only 4-pole supported / 4.4 mm, only 5-pole supported)
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
  • Bluetooth: V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm aptX HD, LDAC)
  • Dimensions: 77 x 129.2 x 19.9 mm (Only body), 77 x 137.2 x 19.9 mm (Combined with a module)
  • Weight: 280g
  • Feature Enhancements: OTA firmware upgrades supported
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: [Normal Gain] 122dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 126dB @ 1kHz, Balanced. [High Gain] 125dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 129dB @ 1kHz, Balance
  • THD+N: [Normal Gain] 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 0.0004% @ 1kHz, Balanced. [High Gain] 0.0007% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 0.0006% @ 1kHz, Balanced
  • IMD SMPTE: 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Unbalanced / 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Balanced Output Impedance: 3.5mm (1ohm) / 2.5mm (1.5ohm) / 4.4mm (1.5ohm)
  • Clock Jitter: 25ps(Typ)
  • Reference Clock Jitter: 800 Femto Seconds
  • Capacity: 3,800mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery
  • Charge Time: About 5 hours (Standard: 5V / 2A Charging), about 3 hours (Fast: 9V / 1.67A Charging)
  • Built-in Memory: 256GB (NAND)
  • External Memory: microSD (Max. 1TB) x1
  • Supported OS: Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up.


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

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