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Astell&Kern SE180 Modular Audio Player

A premium model from Astell&Kern with 4.4mm balanced output and interchangeable all-in-one DAC/Amp modules to shape the sound of your SE180!

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The Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 captures the premium feel of SE200 and introduces interchangeable DAC/Amp modules for tailor made sound.

First of It's Kind

Astell&Kern continues to innovate and bring new features never before seen in an Astell&Kern player with the A&futura line. The SE180 continues the tradition of the line by adding features not found on other Astell&Kern devices. With the SE180, users can “Shape Your Sound” to best match the headphones and genre of music you are listening to through the use of Interchangeable sound modules. The SE180 also introduces a new user experience and new features not found on other Astell&Kern players. Full MQA decoding, allowing for all three unfolds, is supported with built in with playback via both downloaded MQA audio files and through music streaming services with MQA support. SEM2 Module and the SE180 Leather Case will be available soon.

Interchangeable All-In-One Modules

The A&futura SE180 includes the SEM1 module. The default configuration module contains a ESS ES9038PRO DAC, an 8-channel DAC mainly used for premium home audio equipment. This DAC provides a wider dynamic range and more detailed sophistication. The module includes 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm connections to allow for a greater variety of headphones/IEMs. The SEM1 module supports native playback of up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD256 hi-res audio. The SEM2 module, available separately, features two AKM AK4497EQ DACs, in dual-mono configuration. The module includes 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm connections to allow for a greater variety of headphones/IEMs. The SEM2 module supports native playback of up to 32-bit/768kHz PCM and DSD512 hi-res audio. The SEM2 module will be available soon for $399.

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. Balanced and unbalanced signals are separated for each channel to provide the best possible sound through independent circuit design without interference.

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. Additional modules will be released in the second half of 2021 and first half of 2022.


TERATON ALPHA features Astell&Kern's patented technologies, which are the result of tens of thousands of hours of continuous research and development the resulting improvements are backed by multiple patents and produce sound close to the original sound the artist and producer intended. With the SE180, Astell&Kern 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. While it is difficult to improve the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) while maintaining a high output, after countless hours of research, Astell&Kern’s Next Generation AMP technology solved the issue of increasing output while improving the SNR. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) with the default SEM1 module is an incredible 129dB, not seen in other products with this high output.

Next Generation Advanced Digital Audio Player

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. The SE180 features a 5” full HD (1920x1080 resolution) screen to provide a higher quality display. Some of the most popular features found in other Astell&Kern players are also included in the SE180, such as LED lighting around the volume wheel which displays different colors of light, including red, green, blue, and purple to reflect music playback information including volume range, bit-rate of track currently playing and the current DAC that is being used for playback of music.

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

The newly introduced BT Sync 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 Sync function. Latest generation Bluetooth 5.0 features faster transmission speed and greater range compared to Bluetooth 4.2, therefore providing a more stable wireless connection. Both LDAC™ and aptX™ HD codecs are supported to provide audiophiles with 24-bit audio playback wirelessly.

The player includes 256GB of internal memory with support for microSD cards up to 1TB, Wi-Fi, DLNA networking, USB digital audio output, USB-C for data transfer and fast-charge support, and the ability to use the SE180 as a USB DAC for your Mac or Windows-based PC. Astell&Kern’s latest user interface and support for Open App service is also included in the SE180, which adds Android APK support, allowing users to install additional music streaming services to their player by simply copying and installing the corresponding APK file for the music service they wish to add. Services supported include Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal, SoundCloud, Qobuz, SiriusXM, Tune-In, myTuner, Bandcamp and Deezer (supported streaming services varies by country). Offline content for supported apps can be stored in either internal or external player memory so you can listen to your favorite music streaming service tracks on the go.

What's in the Box

• A&futura SE180 Player

• SEM1 ESS ES9038PRO Dac

• USB-C to USB-A Cable 1m

• 3x Screen Protectors

• 1 Quick Start Guide

Hardware Specs

• Octa-Core CPU with USB-C input for charging

• SE 3.5mm, 2.5mm and 4.4mm Balanced Headphone Output Connections

• 3.03"[W] x 5.4"[H] x 0.78"[D] / ~10oz weight

• 5" 1920x1080 FHD Touch Display

• Memory: 256GB Internal with up to 1TB microSD external

• Supports Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit) and MAC OS X 10.7 & up

Audio Performance

Frequency Response: 20Hz~20kHz: ±0.04dB Balanced/Unbalanced

Signal to Noise Ratio @ 1khz: [Normal Gain] SE 122dB / BAL 126dB [High Gain] SE 125dB / BAL 129dB

Crosstalk @ 1kHz: [Normal Gain] SE -138dB / BAL -145dB [High Gain] SE -138dB / BAL -147dB

THD+N @ 1kHz: [Normal Gain] SE 0.0005% / BAL 0.0004% [High Gain] SE 0.0007% / BAL 0.0006%

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

Headphone Power Output (Condition No Load):[Normal Gain] Single Ended 2Vrms / Balanced 4Vrms [High Gain] Single Ended 3Vrms / Balanced 6Vrms

Sample rate:PCM: 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24/32bits), DSD Native: DSD64-(1bit 2.8MHz), DSD128-(1bit 5.6MHz), DSD256-(1bit 11.2MHz)

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



About Astell&Kern

Astell&Kern is the group responsible for some of the world's best portable music players. The latest models include a full slate of features such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi playback with Roon, Spotify, Tidal, and Qobuz.