A&Futura SE200 Digital Audio Player

AED 6,270.00 (Exc. Tax)

The SE200 is the second model from the Astell&Kern A&futura premium line of Digital Audio Players.

– Equipped with the world’s first Multi DAC (1x AK4499EQ + 2x ES9068AS)
– Independent AMP structure designed to complement 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

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Description

A&FUTURA SE200 OVERVIEW

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 back in 2013, no other product has featured more than two DACs in the last seven years. This prompted Astell&Kern to ask the question, “Why hasn’t there been more than two DACs in a player?” This pushed them to become the first manufacturer to use more than two DACs and the result is the SE200.

The A&Futura SE200 features the latest audiophile DACs from ESS, the ES9068AS in a Dual DAC configuration. Astell&Kern then added a single AK4499EQ, AKM’s flagship DAC that is used in their flagship SP2000. Combining the three DACs, they 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 constantly work to improve 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 A&Futura 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 output, they designed independent circuits that do not interfere with each other to provide the best sound possible.

Your Own Sound Style
The SE200 goes beyond just selecting the best DAC for the 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 manufacturers allowing you to choose your own preferred sound profile.

Unique Manufacturing Technology That Takes a Step Further
Astell&Kern products are often compared to art sculptures, with colorful 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 backplate of the A&Futura SE200, we 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 molding the high-gloss ceramic cover involving seven separate processes. A low-speed processing method is used to prevent cracking and produce durable backing. The results are a rear cover that is not just beautiful, but functional.

The Aluminum body on the A&Futura SE200 provides maximum sound quality while suppressing noise as much as possible. Plus, the use of laser ground extension technology gives 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 our products that no other manufacturer can match.

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 the track currently playing, and the current DAC that is being used for playback of music.

MQA Technology
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 A&futura SE200 includes MQA technology, which enables you to playback MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording.

MQA and the Sound Wave Device are registered trademarks of MQA Limited. © MQA Limited 2016

SPECIFICATIONS

Model SE200
Body Color Moon Silver
Body Material Aluminium
Display 5inch (720 x 1280) Touchscreen
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)
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, Qualcomm® aptXTM 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)

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 1.53 × 7.58 × 13.27 cm

DESIGN CONCEPT

DESIGN CONCEPT

The design of the A&futura SE200 maintains a similar design identity to the SE100, combining bold curves while maintaining a trapezoidal shape identity.

The design of the blended curves on the side of the trapezoidal body of the SE200 is meant to express the idea of the merging of two different types of DACs into one unified player.

The volume knob is divided into two to symbolize the two different DACs used and harmonizes with the curves on the side of the player to reflect soft light.

The precision processing of diagonal lines shows the unique sophistication Astell&Kern is known for.

The A&futura SE200 is the first to apply a new material called a ceramic plate to the top and rear of the player. Unlike conventional glass, you can see that the light flows deeply and softly around the top and rear of the player.

The rear cover with curved cuts meets the side surface of the player and gently wraps around the wheel, showing a smooth flow of light.

Discover the subtle details Astell&Kern uses to enhance the beauty of the SE200, from the ceramic plates that are precisely processed to fit the aluminum body to the precise lines that encompass the player.

PACKAGE CONTENTS INCLUDE:

– SE200 Device x 1
– USB Type-C Cable x 1
– Quick Start Guide x 1
– Warranty Card x 1
– microSD card slot cover x 2
– Protective Film (Front x 2, Back x 2)

*Case is not included in the product package. Cases for this model are available -for purchase separately.

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