Eight-Channel DAC Chipset, Native 2x DSD and 32-Bit/384kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback, HD Touchscreen: Astell & Kern A&futura SE100 Portable High-Res Music Player Epitomizes Premium Quality
Hear – and feel – premium-quality hi-fi with the Astell & Kern A&futura SE100 portable high-resolution music player. Engineered to bring you within whispering distance of the original performance captured in the studio (or onstage), A&futura SE100 explodes what's possible in mobile playback with a state-of-the-art ESS SABRE PRO ES9038 eight-channel DAC that makes its first appearance in an Astell & Kern model here. In combination with the company's analog amplification blocks, the DACs supply profound degrees of refinement, nuance, dynamics, and clarity. Add in the fact A&futura SE100 supports 32-bit/384kHz bit-to-bit PCM and native 2x DSD, and you have a component that takes you to the most thrilling reaches of the digital universe.
Simply holding A&futura SE100 in your palm will likely tell you everything else you need to know about its abilities and craftsmanship. Boasting a five-inch HD touchscreen that beckons your eyes as much as it does your ears, this 8.5-ounce marvel touts a balanced shape comprised of trapezoids and curves. By locating the volume knob at the end of the side curve, A&futura SE100 is a cinch to operate from the front and back while its shape easily adapts to either left or right hands. Optional fast-charging capabilities (a two-hour charge provides up to 11 hours of continuous playback), rapid file-transfer rates (up to 10Gbps), and support for both data transfer and charging from the same cable further ramp up a level of user-friendliness placed over the top by Astell & Kern's inviting, intuitive interface.
And while you won't see the award-winning A&futura SE100's other sonic-first assets, you'll definitely experience them. A whopping 4.1Vrms of output to drive practically any set of headphones and a 123dB signal-to-noise ratio speaks to the device's clean, graceful, yet massive soundstaging prowess. An enhanced voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) high-precision clock basically eradicates jitter, with its 800 femto-second performance leading to stunning accuracy, synchronization, and timing of everything you hear. And A&futura SE100's octa-core CPU helps reveal all the critical detail present in your recordings and operates with quick, lag-free responsiveness. A generous 128GB of built-in memory with potential to add another 400GB more via a microSD card, study aluminum-casing housing, and Music Direct's 100% Satisfaction Guarantee top off a player that is the present and future of portable hi-fi.
“While the SE100 is certainly not inexpensive, it delivers a premium experience with its physical style, ergonomic elegance, and sonic prowess.”
—Steven Stone, The Absolute Sound, Editors' Choice Award
Eight-Channel DAC Chipset Previously Only Available in Home Systems
A&futura SE100 comes with an 8-channel DAC chipset previously only available for premium home-audio systems, pro-audio workstations, and recording-studio equipment. The SABRE PRO series sets a new benchmark in high-end audio by offering the industry's highest dynamic range (DNR) with impressively low levels of total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N) in a 32-bit, eight-channel DAC. All PRO SABRE DACs feature ESS's patented 32-bit HyperStream DAC technology that delivers outstanding sound quality and industry-leading performance. Your favorite tunes will sound fundamentality different, with even greater dynamic range and refined sound.
Exacting Performance: Femto-Second Clock
An enhanced voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) high-precision clock is utilized in A&futura SE100. The reference jitter of Astell & ern's implementation improves performance to 800fs (femto seconds), meaning SE100 faithfully reproduces music by precisely measuring and accurately timing the synchronization of all instruments, vocals, and even ambient sounds.
Fast Charging and Transfer Speeds
Next-generation USB Type-C support allows file transfer speeds up to 10Gbps and supports both data transfer and charging from the same cable. Charging with a fast charger (at 9V/1.67A) takes only two hours and allows up to 11 hours of continuous playback.