A&futura SE180

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SE180 Combines Innovation and Fun
The third product in the A&futura line, the SE180, continues the trend of exciting innovation for Astell&Kern products, while providing the uncompromised sound quality Astell&Kern is famous for.

With the SE180, in addition to superb audio technology, we wanted to show users an element of fun that is hard to find in most Hi-Fi products.

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SE180 Combines Innovation and Fun
The third product in the A&futura line, the SE180, continues the trend of exciting innovation for Astell&Kern products, while providing the uncompromised sound quality Astell&Kern is famous for.

With the SE180, in addition to superb audio technology, we wanted to show users an element of fun that is hard to find in most Hi-Fi products.

The DNA of innovation found in the A&futura line continues with the SE180. It is an advanced audio system created with the technology Astell&Kern is known for around the world.

– Interchangeable All-in-One Module
– TERATON ALPHA Audio Technology from Astell&Kern
– Next Generation Astell&Kern AMP Technology
– Updated UI with Added Functions for Convenience

With the SE180, premium Hi-Fi Sound is now available through the use of interchangeable, all-in-one modules, by Astell&Kern.

Interchangeable All-in-One Module
With the SE180, we wanted to expand on the multi-DAC idea that was first introduced with the SE200.

Like the SE200, different DACs can be used in one DAP, but we wanted to do something different for the SE180. The introduction of Interchangeable All-in-One Modules, carry on the multi-DAC experience, but add a new and fun experience. This reflects the DNA of the innovation that the A&futura line is known for.

The SE180 is a module-separated type product that increases the convenience of connection between the main body of the player and the module. It features an innovative double locking design that securely connects each component while providing smooth lines that naturally flow without any sense of separateness between the two pieces.

By applying different DAC/AMP configurations, tuning and outputs for each module, the user can choose the most suitable module for Premium Hi-Fi Sound.

The default configuration module contains the ESS ES9038PRO, an 8-channel DAC mainly used for premium home audio equipment. This DAC provides a wider dynamic range and more detailed sophistication. The module supports 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm connections to allow for a greater variety of headphones/IEMs.

Circuit Separation Structure of Main Body and Module
By physically separating the main body from the All-in-One module, we completely block power and RF noise that may occur from the main body.

This creates an independent structure that prevents noise from interfering with music playback.

Modules Double Lock for Ease of Use
The biggest difference between the SE180 and other products that use interchangeable modules is that the SE180 uses a double-locking mechanism rather than screws to fasten the module to the body.

The first locking structure attaches the module and the body.

The second locking structure informs the user that the module has been securely fastened to the main body.

The spring supported internal connectors of the main body allow reliable audio signal connection and are used to prevent connection failure in case of external shock to the player when on the go.

Astell&Kern Audio Technology Forms the TERATON ALPHA Sound Solution

TERATON ALPHA is AK's ultimate Sound Solution to produce audio playback that is close to the original sound through the audio output interface by use of effective power noise removal, efficient power management and amplification with minimal distortion.

TERATON ALPHA features Astell&Kern's patented technologies, which are the result of tens of thousands of hours of continuous research and development to produce sound close to the original sound the artist and producer intended.

Next Generation Advanced AMP technology
It is extremely difficult push beyond your previous best.

With the SE180, we applied Next Generation AMP technology to push beyond the sound quality others feel is acceptable for Premium Hi-Fi Sound to produce the best sound possible.

From the selection of OP-AMP parts, to circuit design, board layout and tuning, everything has been completely redesigned to produce the best sound.

It is difficult to improve the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) while maintaining a high output.

Upgrades to Enhance the User Experience
Navigation Bar for Easier Navigation

To provide more convenient movement through the player user interface that is consistent with an Android smartphone experience, the SE180 features a new navigation bar, the first in an Astell&Kern player.

Now you can easily navigate with a single touch and deliver music playback information from any screen. The new one swipe feature moves you to the previous screen.

AK File Drop to Enjoy Wireless Transfers

The new AK File Drop function in the SE180 makes files transfers easier and more convenient.

Using AK File Drop, you can freely transfer files wirelessly through a PC, smartphone, or FTP program located on the same network.

Music file management is now possible with a cable-less, wireless solution.

Wireless Hi-Fi Sound Through BT Sink
The newly introduced BT Sink function connects the SE180 to an external device via Bluetooth, similar to connecting a smartphone with a BT speaker.

Music from an external device, such as a smartphone can now be played back in high-quality on the SE180 using the BT Sink function.

Real-Time Information Confirmed by Light
The SE180 features a LED volume wheel which displays various playback information, including volume level and bit-rate of the track currently playing.

*LED can be turned on or off according to user setting.

Equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 and Support for Wireless 24-bit aptX-HD, LDAC Codecs
The latest Bluetooth version provides high sound quality with the convenience of wireless playback to headphones and IEMs.

Bluetooth 5.0 features faster transmission speed, greater range and a more stable wireless connection when compared to Bluetooth 4.2.

Both LDAC and aptX HD is supported to provide audiophiles with the best wireless sound possible.

Body Color:Moon Silver
Body Material:Aluminum
Display:5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 FHD Touch display
Supported Audio Formats:WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
MQA Playback:Local Files, External USB, MQA-CD (Ripped), Services (Tidal Masters)
Input:USB Type-C Input (for PC & MAC)
Charging:9V/1.67A or 5V/2A
Wi-Fi:802.11 b/g/n (2.4)
Bluetooth:V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, LDAC)
- 3.03" (77mm) [W] x 5.09" (129.2mm) [H] x 0.78 (19.9mm) [D] (Without Module)
- 3.03" (77mm) [W] x 5.4" (137.2mm) [H] x 0.78 (19.9mm) [D] (With Module)
Weight:9.88oz (280g)
Feature Enhancements:Firmware upgrades supported (OTA) SAR
Body: 10g SAR (W/Kg) _ WLAN 2.4Ghz : 0.016
Wheel:LED Light (LED Indicator)
Clock Source:Clock Jitter 25ps (Typ)
Reference Clock Jitter:800 Femto Seconds
Battery Capacity:3,800mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery
Charge Time:
- About 3 hours (Standard: 9V/1.67A Fast charging)
- About 5 hours (Standard: 5V/2A General charging)

Built-In Memory:256GB [NAND]
External Memory:microSD (Max. 1TB) x 1

Supported OS:Windows 8, 10 (32/64 bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up
Body Color:Moon Silver
Body Material:Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Polycarbonate
Sample Rate:
PCM: 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24/32-bits per Sample)
DSD Native: DSD64 (1-bit, 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128 (1-bit, 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256 (1-bit, 11.2MHz),
- Unbalanced Out (3.5mm), Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported / 4.4mm, only 5-pole supported)
Output Level:
- [Normal Gain] Unbalanced 2Vrms / Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load)
- [High Gain] Unbalanced 3Vrms / Balanced 6Vrms (Condition No Load)
- ESS ES9038PRO x2 (Single-DAC)
Decoding:Support up to 32-bit / 384kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback
- 3.03” (77mm) [W] x 2.99” (76mm) [H] x 0.78” (19.9mm) [D]

- 3.53oz (100g)

Playback Time:About 10.5 hours (FLAC, 16-bit, 44.1kHz, Vol. 50, LCD off)

Frequency Response:
- Condition 20Hz~20kHz: ±0.04dB Unbalanced / ±0.04dB Balanced
- Condition 20Hz~70kHz: ±0.07dB Unbalanced / ±0.06dB Balanced

Signal to Noise Ratio:
- [Normal Gain] 122dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 126dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
- [High Gain] 125dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 129dB @ 1kHz, Balanced

- [Normal Gain] -138dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / -145dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
- [High Gain] -138dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / -147dB @ 1kHz, Balanced

- [Normal Gain] 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 0.0004% @ 1kHz, Balanced
- [High Gain] 0.0007 @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 0.0006% @ 1kHz, Balanced

- 0.0004%, 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Unbalanced & Balanced

Output Impedance:
- 3.5mm (1 ohm), 2.5mm (1.5 ohm), 4.4mm (1.5 ohm)

Orders ship Sunday through Friday from our offices in Dubai, UAE.

In-stock products typically ship within 48 hours and should be expected to arrive in 3-4 business days. Orders outside of the UAE should be expected to arrive in 5-7 business days.

Pre-order and backorder products will state the approximate delivery timeline beside the Add To Cart button.

If you would like to place a custom order, chat with our specialists for a guided shopping experience. Once your order has been placed, a timeline will be provided depending on your order details.

- Free delivery within the UAE
- Shipping charges will be calculated upon checkout for orders outside of the UAE (Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia & Qatar).
- Taxes and duties are calculated according to the applicable laws of the state or country an item is shipped to and are the customer's responsibility.

For additional information on shipping and our exchange & return policy visit our help center.

Installation charges are applicable and can be paid upon delivery for our clients based in Dubai.

- Installation Charges: AED 350 Per Hour
- Speaker Cables: AED 20 Per Meter
- Trunking: AED 10 Per Meter

For clients based outside of the UAE, please contact our specialists and we will share an estimate based on your requirements.


This is a function that can be used as a "USB sound card" by connecting the AK product to PC USB.

- After connecting the product to PC, select [USB DAC] to connect to USB DAC mode.

- The USB DAC function is automatically installed and recognized through the driver built into the OS.

- If the device does not install properly, check the device driver (automatically search) through the Device Manager.

- If the device is installed but no sound is output, delete the device through Device Manager

  and connect the product to the PC again and confirm.

- If your PC already has a sound card, change the default device through the control panel,

Sound is played only when you select the AK product as the device to output the sound through the playback program setting.


However, it is advised to take the following cautionary steps:

- If the support format is exceeded, the sound will not play.

- When the USB DAC is connected, the volume control is unavailable when the LCD is off.

- When connecting USB DAC, previous, play and next keys are unavailable.

- If the USB usage is high or the PC is slow, the playback sound can be cut off

- When video is played back, depending on the original and output quality, the sync may not fit.

- Optical output (S/PDIF) is unavailable during USB DAC connection.

- Volume cannot be adjusted via the Windows volume control.

- You can adjust the sound volume through the volume of the program you are using or volume key

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