Astell&Kern A&futura SE100
High-resolution portable music player with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®
Our take on the Astell&Kern A&futura SE100 by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
You initially might be attracted to the Astell&Kern A&futura SE100 by its award-winning design. The sleek aluminum alloy case looks cool and feels solid in your hand. The patterned glass back shimmers in the light.
With this player, the beauty goes way beyond the superficial. The SE100 delivers bit-perfect audio from your high-resolution files, thanks to a professional-grade digital-to-analog converter. Plus the SE100 has built-in Wi-Fi so you can easily access your favorite online music services. And it also has Bluetooth, so you can stream wirelessly to high-performance speakers or headphones.
The next level of audio performance
The SE100 has a professional-grade eight-channel digital-to-analog converter (DAC). That's four DAC channels of processing for each stereo audio channel, for remarkable accuracy. A high-precision clock virtually eliminates jitter. All aspects of the music — vocals, instruments and ambient sounds — are perfectly synced for a stunningly realistic soundstage.
The SE100 can do native playback of Direct Stream Digital (DSD) files — even Quad DSD. You also get bit-perfect playback for PCM-based files up to 32-bit/384kHz. And you just might even discover some hidden details in your CD-quality and compressed music files, too.
More premium features
The SE100 features a 128GB internal memory. The microSD card slot can handle up to 400GB cards, for total storage of up to 528GB. The generous 5" touchscreen gives you a clear, high-def view of music selections and menus. And the player recharges via a USB-C cable. That means speedy file transfer and charging. (High-speed charger not included.)
- digital music player — plays MP3, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, AIFF, WMA, DFF, DSF
- native DSD playback for DSD64 (2.8MHz), DSD128 (5.6Mz), and DSD256 (11.2MHz) files
- ESS SABRE ES9038PRO 8channel digital-to-analog converters for bit-perfect playback of high-resolution audio files (up to 32-bit/384Khz for PCM and 11.2MHz for DSD)
- 128GB internal flash memory
- microSD card slot for cards up to 400GB (up to 528GB total memory)
- built-in Wi-Fi for streaming and downloading music from a networked computer via DLNA
- 5" color HD touchscreen display
- recessed analog volume knob provides fine level adjustments
- 3.5mm unbalanced headphone/optical output for connection to headphones, receiver/amp, or an external DAC
- 2.5mm balanced 4-pole output for compatible headphones
- Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX® (A2DP, not recommended for files with sampling rates greater than 48kHz)
- high-speed USB-C interface (cable included) for high-speed file transfer and battery charging
- built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 11 hours
- durable aluminum alloy casing
- frequency response: 20-20,000Hz ±0.038dB (unbalanced); ±0.028dB (balanced)
- output impedance: 1 ohm (balanced); 1.5 ohm (unbalanced)
- total harmonic distortion: 0.0007% (1kHz, unbalanced output)
- signal-to-noise ratio: 122dB @ 1kHz (unbalanced); 123dB @ 1kHz (balanced)
- 2-15/16"W x 5-3/8"H x 9/16"D
- weight: 8.5 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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