Astell&Kern A&futura SE200 Digital Audio Player

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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, we 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 we express it with a product?"
    We decided to "Let's make One device that nobody can duplicate"
    We 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

    We introduce the second product from Astell&Kern's premium A&futura line, is the SE200.

    We hope that you will experience our 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, we have not seen any products feature more than Dual DACs in the last seven years.

    This prompted us to ask the question, "Why hasn't there been more than two DACs in a player?" So, we 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. We then added a single AK4499EQ, AKM's flagship DAC that is used in our flagship SP2000. Combining the three DACs, we 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, we 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. We are constantly working to improve on what we have already achieved to bring the most accurately reproduced and best sound to our products.

    Independent AMP Sections Designed to Match DAC Characteristics

    The SE200 was not designed with one AMP circuit, but multiple, different AMP designs to optimize 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, we 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 customize 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.

    A premium player line evolved

    Every time we create a new Astell&Kern product, we push ourselves 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.

    MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording.

    The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. Visit mqa.co.uk for more information.

    Astell&Kern SE200 includes MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams,
    delivering the sound of the original master recording.

  • Feature Enhancements
    Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
    Model SE200
    Body Color
    Moon Silver
    Body Material
    Aluminium
    Display
    5inch (720 x 1,280) Touch display
    Supported Audio Formats
    WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA(Support Scheduled)
    MQA playback
    Services(Tidal Masters), Local files, External USB, MQA-CD(ripped)
    Sample rate
    PCM : 8kHz ~ 768kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample) / DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo 
    / DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo / DSD512(1bit 22.4MHz), Stereo
    Output Level
    Unbalanced 3.0Vrms / Balanced 6.0Vrms (Condition No Load)
    CPU
    Octa-Core
    DAC
    AKM AK4499EQ x2 (Dual DAC)
    Decoding
    Support up to 32bit / 768kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback
    Input USB 3.0 Type-C input (for PC & MAC)
    Outputs
    Unbalanced Out (3.5mm) / Optical Out (3.5mm) / Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported)
    Wi-Fi
    802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
    Bluetooth
    V4.1 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptXTM HD)
    Dimensions
    3.00 ”(76.3 mm) [W] x 5.19 ”(132 mm) [H] x 0.61 ”(15.7 mm) [D]
    Weight
    Stainless Steel : 14.49 oz (410.8 g) / Copper : 15.25 oz (432.4 g)
    BATTERY LIFE Approx. 16hr