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Astell&Kern A&futura SE200 3-DAC Digital Audio Player (DAP)

$1,999

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At a price tag that’s just barely above its predecessor (the SE100), the SE200 comes with more bells and whistles than a marching band. It features a groundbreaking triple digital-to-audio converter (DAC), six digital filters, and an intuitive LED indicator. 

Groundbreaking 3-DAC Design

The AK4499EQ and ES9068AS are two flagship digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that are impossible to choose between. So why choose at all? The SE200 includes both (one AK4499EQ and two ES9068ASs), freeing you from the tyranny of choice.

Independent Amps

You can’t just shove three DACs together and expect them to get along. Their circuits are likely to interfere with one another, resulting in crosstalk and distortion. This is why the SE200 dedicates different amps to each DAC, separating the signals to ensure top-notch, noiseless sound. 

On-the-Fly DAC Switching

Unlike digital audio players (DAPs) that are limited to one DAC, the SE200 allows you to switch between DACs on the fly, matching your music to the DAC that suits it best. 

Further Customization With DAC Filters

Customizing your sound doesn’t end with DAC switching. Choose among six digital filters to enhance the way your music sounds: Natural Tone, Acoustic Tone, Traditional Tone, Harmonic Sound, Acoustic Sound, and Traditional Sound. Natural Tone, for example, features a super slow roll-off and no echo for a natural sound, while the Acoustic Sound features a short delay sharp roll-off for enhanced bass. 

Octa-Core Processor

Two heads are better than one. Eight heads are even better than that. The SE200’s octa-core processor operates blazingly fast, eliminating lag-time in file transfers, processes, and boot times. 

Leave the Charger Behind

Forgetting your charger at home is an unrivaled modern hardship. The torment. The anguish. The grim realization that at some miserable point during the day you will be without. Save yourself from all that with the SE200. Its 3,700mAH Li-Polymer battery goes for a whopping ten hours. 

Tons of Space

With 256GB of internal memory and up to 1TB of external memory, you’ll never have to decide which tracks come and which tracks stay behind. 

Intuitive LED Indicator

The SE200 features a volume wheel with a neat trick up its sleeve. It indicates the bit-rate of the current track with a splash of LED color: red for 16bit, green for 24bit, blue for 32bit, and purple for DSD. 

MQA-Ready

Would you die a little if we told you that MP3 files deliver just 10% of original studio recordings? That’s one-tenth of the nuance, depth, and richness that the artist intended for you to hear. MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) files, on the other hand, deliver the full, uncompressed sound of the original master recordings in all their richness. The A&futura SE200 supports this technology, delivering the best possible version of the music you love. 

Open App Service 

With Asterll & Kern’s Open App Service, users can install APK music streaming apps such as Tidal, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and more to their devices. There’s an ocean of music out there. Open the (streaming) floodgates!

Specs


Audio

DAC

2 x ESS ES9068AS 32-Bit

1 x AKM AK4499EQ 32-Bit

Audio Resolution

PCM: 8 ~ 384 kHz / 32-Bit

DSDNative: 2.8 MHz / 1-Bit

DSD128: 5.6 MHz / 1-Bit

DSD256: 11.2 MHz / 1-Bit

Frequency Response

20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.015 dB (Unbalanced Headphone Out)

20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.023 dB (Unbalanced Headphone Out)

20 Hz to 70 kHz ±0.05 dB (Unbalanced Headphone Out)

20 Hz to 70 kHz ±0.065 dB (Unbalanced Headphone Out)

20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.01 dB (Balanced Headphone Out)

20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.015 dB (Balanced Headphone Out)

20 Hz to 70 kHz ±0.03 dB (Balanced Headphone Out)

20 Hz to 70 kHz ±0.1 dB (Balanced Headphone Out)

Impedance

1 Ohms (Balanced Headphone Out)

1.3 Ohms (Unbalanced Headphone Out)

THD + N

0.0003% at 1 kHz (Unbalanced)

0.0006% at 1 kHz (Unbalanced)

0.0004% at 1 kHz (Balanced)

0.0006% at 1 kHz (Balanced)

Maximum Output Voltage

3 Vrms (3.5 mm Unbalanced)

6 Vrms (2.5 mm Balanced)

Signal to Noise Ratio

124 dB (Unbalanced Headphone Out)

121 dB (Unbalanced Headphone Out)

125 dB (Balanced Headphone Out)

123 dB (Balanced Headphone Out)

Clock Jitter

25 ps

Crosstalk

-138 dB at 1 kHz (Unbalanced Headphone Out)

-144 dB at 1 kHz (Balanced Headphone Out)

Custom Equalizer

Yes


Performance

CPU

Octa-Core

Operating System

Proprietary

Internal Storage Capacity

256 GB

Maximum Storage Capacity

1.256 TB

Flash Media Slot

1 x microSDXC

Display

5" LCD (720 x 1280 Resolution)

Operation Method

Physical Buttons, Touchscreen, Volume Wheel


Media Support

Formats Supported

Audio: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA


Connectivity

Wireless

Bluetooth 4.2

Bluetooth Codecs

aptX HD

Connections

2 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone Output

2 x 2.5 mm Balanced Headphone Output

1 x USB Type-C USB 3.0 Input

Power

Battery

1 x Built-In Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer Battery 3700 mAh

Providing up to 14 Hours per Charge for Audio Playback

Charging Time

Full Charge: 2.5 Hours


General

System Requirements

Operating System

Windows 7, 8, 10

Mac OS X 10.7

Dimensions (W x H x D)

3.0 x 5.2 x 0.6" / 76.9 x 132.2 x 15.8 mm

Weight

9.66 oz / 274 g

Package Weight 1.2 lb 

Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6 x 4 x 2.1"



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