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Astell & Kern A&futura SE200 Hi Res Digital Audio Player

The A&futura SE200 is the world's first Multi DAC player. Since the release of the Dual DAC AK120 player in 2013, Astell&Kern have not seen any products feature more than Dual DACs in the last seven years.

SKU
SE200MS
£1,799.00

The answer to the value of premium found in SE200

The SE200 is the second model from the Astell&Kern A&futura premium line of Digital Audio Players. After the first model SE100, Astell&Kern were once again thinking about the nature of the word premium and asked ourselves, "What is the value of premium in Hi-Fi and how can they express it with a product?" Astell&Kern decided to "Let's make one device that nobody can duplicate" They wanted to try something no one else has tried before, including Astell&Kern. The result is the SE200.

  • Equipped with the world's first Multi DAC (1x AK4499EQ + 2x ES9068AS)
  • Independent AMP structure designed to compliment each DAC's characteristics and DAC Filters to create your own sound
  • Audio performance to feel premium Hi-Fi sound presented by Astell&Kern
  • Upgrades that add a Premium value experience

Astell & Kern introduce the second product from Astell&Kern's premium A&futura line, is the SE200. They hope that you will experience their answer to the value of premium found in SE200.



World's First Multi-DAC DAP

The A&futura SE200 is the world's first Multi DAC player. Since the release of the Dual DAC AK120 player in 2013, Astell&Kern have not seen any products feature more than Dual DACs in the last seven years. This prompted them to ask the question, "Why hasn't there been more than two DACs in a player?" So, they set out to become the first manufacturer to use more than two DACs and the result is the SE200.

The SE200 features the latest audiophile DACs from ESS, the ES9068AS in a Dual DAC configuration. They then added a single AK4499EQ, AKM's flagship DAC that is used in their flagship SP2000. Combining the three DACs, Astell&Kern have produced the world's first multi-DAC DAP.

This pairing exhibits the philosophy of the A&futura line to pursue fundamentally different sound than found in typical DAPs. To properly implement multiple DACs, Astell&Kern needed to spend twice the amount of time on development and double the amount of time in properly tuning the player. Astell&Kern is not content to keeping things the same all the time. They are constantly working to improve on what they have already achieved to bring the most accurately reproduced and best sound to their products.


Independent AMP Sections Designed to Match DAC Characteristics

The SE200 was not designed with one AMP circuit, but multiple, different AMP designs to optimise the different characteristics of the AKM and ESS DACs that are used in the player.

By separating the signals for each channel of Balanced and Unbalanced, Astell&Kern designed independent circuits that do not interfere with each other to provide the best sound possible.



Your own sound style

The SE200 goes beyond selecting the best DAC for type of music you are listening to. You can now further customise your sound by choosing from a variety of DAC filters provided by the DAC manufacturer. With the SE200, you can now choose your own preferred sound profile.


Sound Type Impulse Response Filter Name Remarks Edge
Natural Tone Super Slow Roll-off No echo reproduces natural sound Ultra-Sharp
Acoustic Tone Short Delay Slow Roll-off Minimal echo reproduces original sound Sharp
Traditional Tone Slow Roll-off Minimal echo reproduces original sound Middle
Harmonic Sound Low dispertion Short echo reproduces original sound Middle
Acoustic Sound Short Delay Sharp Roll-off Post echo enhances bass sound Sharp
Traditional Sound Sharp Roll-off Pre and post echoes make powerful sound Slow

Unique manufacturing technology that takes a step further

Astell&Kern products are often compared to art sculptures, with colourful faces and angles that are not found in other products. This crafting is done using precise metal processing technology. The SE200 maintains a similar design identity to the SE100 which combines trapezoidal straight lines and curves. These curves are the result of ultra-precision metal processing that has been perfected by Astell&Kern. After experimenting with different materials for the rear of the SE200, they created a new ceramic rear cover, instead of the glass found on the previous generation SE100. This material not only improves wireless network performance, but produces a more premium feel to the player.

New manufacturing techniques were developed to precisely mold the high-gloss ceramic cover involving seven separate processes. A low-speed processing method is used to prevent cracking and produce a durable backing. The results are a rear cover that is not just beautiful, but functional. The Aluminum body on the S200 provides maximum sound quality, while suppressing noise as much as possible. The use of laser ground extension technology gives you the best sound possible, without interference or distortion.

The vibration-free processing machines used by Astell&Kern are the same ones used by expensive Swiss luxury watch manufacturers. This is reflected in the crafting of the volume wheel which is processed precisely like the crown of a luxury watch for the best operating feel. Astell&Kern products are designed to achieve perfect integration at whatever angle you look at it in your hands. Astell&Kern combines these small parts to make a big difference in the quality of their products that no other manufacturer can match.


A premium player line evolved

Every time they create a new Astell&Kern product, they push themselves to create an even better version than before. The SE200 builds upon the specs that made the SE100 a popular premium product, while offering new features not found in previous players.


Playback information reflected in light

The SE200 features a volume wheel LED that displays a variety of music playback information including volume range, bit-rate of track currently playing and the current DAC that is being used for playback of music.

General

Model SE200
Body Colour Moon Silver
Body Material Aluminum
Display 5.0inch (720 x 1,280) Touch display
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)
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
Output Level Unbalanced: AKM 3.0Vrms / ESS 2.0Vrms (Condition No Load)
Balanced: AKM 6.0Vrms / ESS 4.0Vrms (Condition No Load)
DAC Cirrus Logic CS43198 x2 (Dual DAC)
CPU Octa-Core
DAC Multi DAC: AKM AK4499EQ x1 (Single DAC) / ESS ES9068AS x2 (Dual DAC)
Decoding Support up to 32bit / 384kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback
Input USB Type-C input (for PC & MAC)
Outputs Unbalanced Out (3.5mm) x2 / Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported) x2
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
Bluetooth V4.2 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptX™ HD)
Dimensions 3.02 ”(76.9 mm) [W] x 5.20 ”(132.2 mm) [H] x 0.62 ”(15.8 mm) [D]
Weight 9.66 oz (274 g)
Feature Enhancements Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)


Audio Performance

Frequency Response Unbalanced: AKM ±0.015dB, ESS ±0.023dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) / Balanced: AKM ±0.010dB, ESS ±0.015dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced: AKM ±0.050dB, ESS ±0.065dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz) / Balanced: AKM ±0.030dB, ESS ±0.10dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio Unbalanced: AKM 124dB, ESS 121dB @ 1kHz / Balanced: AKM 125dB, ESS 123dB @ 1kHz
Crosstalk Unbalanced: AKM -138dB, ESS -138dB @ 1kHz / Balanced: AKM -144dB, ESS -144dB @ 1kHz
THD+N Unbalanced: AKM 0.0003%, ESS 0.0006% @ 1kHz / Balanced: AKM 0.0004%, ESS 0.0006% @ 1kHz
IMD SMPTE Unbalanced: AKM 0.0003%, ESS 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) / Balanced: AKM 0.0003%, ESS 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1)
Output Impedance Unbalanced Out 3.5mm (AKM 0.7ohm, ESS 1ohm) / Balanced out 2.5mm (AKM 1.3ohm, ESS 1.6ohm)


Clock Source

Clock Jitter 25ps(Typ)
Reference Clock Jitter 200 Femto Seconds


Battery

Capacity 3,700mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery
Continuous Playback Time About 10 hours (Standard - AK4499EQ, MUSIC: FLAC, 16-bit/44.1kHz, Unbalanced, Volume 50, EQ OFF, LCD OFF)
About 14 hours (Standard - ES9068AS, MUSIC: FLAC, 16-bit/44.1kHz, Unbalanced, Volume 50, EQ OFF, LCD OFF)
Charge Time About 2.5 hours (Standard - 9V/1.67A Fast charging)


Memory

Built-in Memory 256GB [NAND]
External Memory microSD (Max. 1TB) x1


OS

Supported OS Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up