Astell&Kern Announces SE180 Latest Hi-Res Music Player
Astell&Kern is a well-reputed HiFi audio name among audiophiles. Talk about serious HiFi Master Quality Audio Players and devices and we have many successful products from Astell&Kern. They are mostly known for their premium range of HiFi audio players with industry-leading models such as the SP2000K, SR25, Kann Alpha, and so on. Today, the brand has introduced its third model in the award-winning A&futura series of music players, meet the all-new Astell&futura SE180.
>Interchangeable All-in-One Module.
>Next Generation Amplifier Technology.
>Master Quality Authenticated(MQA).
>Hi-Res Bluetooth V5.0 Connectivity.
>High-Resolution LDAC, AptX HD Bluetooth Codec Support.
>Full HD Display.
>256GB Internal Memory.
>Up To 1TB MicroSD Card Support.
>ES9038 Pro High-Performance DAC Chip(Stock SEM1 Module).
>Output Ports:- 3.5mm SE, 2.5mm Bal, 4.4mm Bal.
>Output Level: Up To 6Vrms(Bal), Up To 3Vrms(SE).
>PCM Support Up To 32-Bit/384kHz, DSD Up To DSD256 Support.
Interchangeable All-In-One Audio Motherboards:-
The SE180 has a separate audio module design that increases the convenience of connection between the main body of the player and the module. It brings the capability to switch the entire audio motherboard as per one’s preferences based on different DAC/AMP configurations. The stock SE180 comes with a SEM1 audio module that has flagship ES9038Pro 8-channel DAC with 3.5mm SE, 2.5mm Bal, and 4.4mm Bal connection support. These modules use a double lock mechanism for ease of use. Another SEM2 audio motherboard with dual AK4497EQ DAC chips has also been in development. More modules will be released later.
A&K’s TERATON ALPHA Sound Technology:-
TERATON ALPHA is AK’s self-developed ultimate sound solution to provide close-to-life natural sound quality output by use of effective power noise removal, efficient power management, and amplification with minimal distortion.
Next-Gen Advanced AMP Technology:-
AK has applied Next Generation AMP tech to push beyond the sound quality that others feel acceptable as premium HiFi audio to produce the best sound available in the market. They have redesigned the entire architecture including OP-AMP parts, circuit design, board layout, and more to produce the best sound for their users. The SE180 has a whooping output level of up to 6Vrms with a high SNR rating of 129dB.
SE180 has received certification from MQA Limited. MQA(Master Quality Authenticated) is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original recording. With the SE180, users can play back MQA audio files.
High-Resolution Bluetooth V5.0 Connectivity:-
With the SE180 enjoy high-resolution Bluetooth V5.0 connectivity with LDAC, AptX HD, and more Hi-Res codec support. Bluetooth V5.0 provides faster transmission speed, greater range, and better stable connection as compared to the previous Versions.
Full HD Display For Crisp Image Quality:-
The SE180 features a 5.0” full HD 1080p display with 441PPI high-pixel density. The image quality with the SE180 is unmatchable to any of the audio players out in the market.
Latest Astell&Kern User Interface:-
The SE180 features the latest user interface developed by Astell&Kern. It has support for Open App service that adds Android APK support allowing users to install additional music streaming services to the device by simply copying and installing the corresponding APK files. Services supported so far include Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal, SoundCloud, Qobuz, SiriusXM, Tune-IN, myTune, Bandcamp, and Deezer.
The Astell&Kern SE180 looks like a pretty interesting device. It has class-leading features such as replaceable audio modules, TERATON ALPHA Sound Technology, Full HD Display, Exquisite Build Quality, High-Res BT support, and so on. It will go on sale with its default SEM1 module from 17th May 2021 at a price tag of 1499$ worldwide.