Astell & Kern SEM3 Interchangeable All-In-One Quad-DAC Module (for SE180)

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SEM3 Quad-DAC Module for Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 Digital Audio Player.

The A&futura SE180 digital audio player allows music fans to customise their sound with different audio-flavoured DAC modules to find the hi-fi-grade sonics that suit.

Following the SEM2, the SEM3 ESS ES9038Q2M Quad DAC is the latest in a series of optional modules available for the SE180. This DAC possesses the ability to play high resolution audio files up to 32-bit / 768 kHz PCM and native DSD512, so music fans can enjoy studio-grade sounds as the artist intended.

The SEM3 DAC module supports 2.5 mm, 3.5 mm and 4.4 mm headphones connections for accommodating and driving a greater variety of headphones and in-ear monitors (IEM).

See also SEM2 Dual-DAC Module for SE180 Digital Audio Player


  • Quad DAC module compatible with the A&Futura SE180 player only.
  • Features an ESS ES9038Q2M Quad DAC.
  • Support for high-resolution audio playback up to native DSD512 and 32bit/768kHz.
  • Supports unbalanced 3.5mm and balanced 2.5mm/4.4mm headphone connections.
  • Robust aluminium, stainless steel and polycarbonate housing.


  • Model: SEM3 DAC module
  • Body Colour: Moon Silver
  • Body Material: Aluminium, Stainless Steel, Polycarbonate
  • Sample Rates: PCM 8 kHz - 768 kHz (8/16/24/32bits 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 / DSD512 (1 bit 22.4 MHz), Stereo
  • Output Levels: Normal Gain Unbalanced 2 Vrms / Balanced 4 Vrms / High Gain Unbalanced 3 Vrms / Balanced 6 Vrms (Condition No Load)
  • DAC: ESS ES9038Q2M x4 (Quad DAC)
  • Decoding: Support up to 32 bit / 768 kHz Bit-to-Bit playback
  • Outputs: Unbalanced Out (3. 5mm), Balanced Out (2.5 mm, only 4-pole supported / 4.4 mm, only 5-pole supported)
  • Dimensions: 77 x 76 x 19.9 mm W x H x D
  • Weight: 87 g


  • 1x SEM3 ESS ES9038Q2M Quad-DAC Module

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