Astell&Kern A&futura SE100 Digital Audio Player

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$1,699.00
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Meet the newest high-end model music and media player from Astell&Kern. The A&Futura SE100 is the first DAP in the market with an ESS9038PRO DAC (digital to analog converter).

Astell&Kern SE100 Music Player

The release of the A&futura SE100 digital audio player introduces a new Premium Line from Astell&Kern. With the SE100 you get high-end level performance at a mid-tier price.

Main Features:

  • Octa-core CPU
  • 8-Channel DAC x 2 / XMOS
  • 5-inch 720x1280 Touchscreen
  • 128GB Internal Storage Capacity
  • Aluminum Body

The Radically Different Sound

A&futura is a premium line of players with advanced features that bring the original performance to life. The SE100, the first model of A&futura, is designed for you to feel the quality of premium Hi-Fi from the moment you hold it.

  • Radically different sound by ES9038 Pro 8-channel DAC
  • Next Level performance with Octa-core CPU
  • 5-inch display with HD screen resolution and improved user interface
  • Similar audio block design of SP1000 for premium Hi-Fi audio performance

A&futura SE100 music player is the first step in your premium audio journey.

Design Concept

The design of A&futura SE100 resembles "unrestricted balance" from a composition of a trapezoid and curves together. The volume knob at the end of the side curve is easy to operate from front and back and its shape fits just right in either hand.

The glass back plate has a unique arrangement of "A" logos in a diamond pattern that visualizes the amplification of Astell&Kern before your eyes. As you rotate the device under light its hidden beauty shines.

A&Futura SE100 digital audio player

Premium Value You Can Feel in Your Hands

A&futura SE100 shows our dedication to provide both premium quality and value to our listeners including an eye-catching design. It features a 5-inch touchscreen, Octa-core CPU, and the best audio performance in its league. Astell&Kern is committed to delivering the original performance as the artist intended you to hear and the SE100 is a symbolic example of this vision and effort.

A&futura SE100 introduces an 8-channel DAC chip. 8-channel DACs have previously only been available for premium home audio systems, pro-audio workstations, and recording studio equipment. It is making a debut for the first time in an Astell&Kern portable system.

Your favorite tunes will now sound fundamentality different with even greater dynamic range and refined sound. There are many audio companies that talk about 'technologies', yet Astell&Kern is the only brand that talks about 'progress' in the audio experience.

- The ESS SABRE PRO series of Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) is targeted at premium audiophile 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, 8-channel DAC. All PRO SABRE DACs feature ESS's patented 32-bit HyperStream DAC technology which delivers outstanding sound quality and industry leading performance.

A&futura SE100 8-channel Configuration v. Typical 2-channel Configuration

Maximum Output

It is common knowledge in the audio industry that the amplifier plays a critical role in Hi-Fi audio systems. The latest know-how and amplifier design technologies developed by Astell&Kern have brought 4.1Vrms of balanced output power with minimal noise. As the output power increases, the noise fluctuates louder as well. However, A&futura SE100 shows 123dB of SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) at 4.1Vrms of audio output. At the same time, the noise level on single-ended is even smaller, it produces 122dB of SNR. Pure sound is the result in our technical achievement allowing for powerful, yet clean sound to be delivered gracefully by the SE100.

SE100 vs. AK380

Model SE100 AK380
SE100 AK380
LCD 5inch (720 x 1,280) Touchscreen 4inch (480 x 800) Touchscreen
DAC ESS SABRE ES9038PRO 8channel AKM AK4490 x2 (Dual DAC)
Output Level Unbalance 2.0Vrms
Balance 4.1Vrms (Condition No Load)
Unbalance 2.2Vrms
Balance 2.3Vrms (Condition No Load)
Signal to Noise Ratio Unbalance 122dB @ 1kHz
Balance 123dB @ 1kHz
Unbalance 116dB @ 1kHz
Balance 117dB @ 1kHz
THD+N Unbalance 0.0007% @ 1kHz
Balance 0.0006% @ 1kHz
Unbalance 0.0008% @ 1kHz
Balance 0.0007% @ 1kHz

* SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) As the signal-to-noise ratio increases, the clearer the sound becomes.
* THD+N (THD + Noise, Distortion) over the THD + Noise signal rate, less distortion is heard.

Femto-Second Clock for Exact Sonic Reproduction

An enhanced voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) high-precision clock has been utilized in the A&futura SE100. The reference jitter of Astell&Kern's implementation has improved performance to 800fs (femto seconds), meaning that the SE100 faithfully reproduces your music by precisely measuring and accurately timing the synchronization of all instruments, vocal and even ambience sound recorded in your digital music file together.

Astell&Kern A&futura SE100 Clock Jitter Diagram

Great Performance for the Ultimate Experience

The A&futura SE100 is equipped with an octa-core CPU which allows the player to produce the exact musical detail present in the original recording without distortion and provides a quick, lag-free operation.

The A&futura SE100 features faster booting times, speedy file transfers, lag-free processing and a new intuitive user interface for the ultimate player experience.

Octa-Core, Hex-Core, Quad-Core, Dual-Core, Single-Core Comparison

Ultimate Sound Quality

The A&futura SE100 supports native bit-to-bit DSD playback up to 11.2MHz for the best sound possible. The music is played back, bit-for-bit, just as the artist and engineer intended for it to be heard.

32-bit playback comparison

Faster Charging, Quicker File Transfer

Next generation USB Type-C support allows file transfer speeds up to 10Gbps and supports both data transfer and charging from the same cable.

USB 3.0 protocol transfers data twice as fast when compared to other Astell&Kern players. Charging with a fast charger (at 9V/1.67A) takes only two hours and allows up to 11 hours of continuous playback.

* The maximum 11-hour continuous play is based on 16-bit/44 kHz, FLAC file format, screen off, 75 of volume playback.
* Fast charger (9V/1.67A) and general Charger (5V/2A) are not included in the package.

A&futura SE100 2-hour Charge Time for 11-hour Playback


Astell&Kern Music Player Comparison

SE100

A&futura SE100

$1,699
Titan Silver
 
 
Aluminum
 
5" HD Touchscreen
Octa-Core
DAC: ESS SABRE ES9038 PRO x1
(8 Channel)
Up to 32bit / 384kHz
Bit-to-Bit Decoding;
Native DSD
USB Type-C Input
Unbalanced Out (3.5mm)
Balanced Out (2.5mm)
 
 
2.98" x 5.22" x 0.6"
8.5 oz
11-hour Playback
12-hour charge via computer
5 hours via 5V/2A
2.33 hours via 9V/1.67A Fast Charge
128GB Internal
 
microSD (Max 400GB) x1
 
Supports WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
Window 7, 8, 10 (32/64bit)
MAC OS X 10.7+
Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Capable
SP1000M

A&ultima SP1000M

$2,399
Lapis Blue(LB)
Onyx Black(OB)
Royal Gold(RG)
Aluminum(LB)(OB)
Brass(RG)
4.1" HD Touchscreen
Octa-Core
DAC: AKM AK4497EQ x2
 
Up to 32bit / 384kHz
Bit-to-Bit Decoding;
Native DSD
USB Type-C Input
Unbalanced Out (3.5mm)
Balanced Out (2.5mm)
 
 
2.67" x 4.6" x 0.66"
7.16 oz(LB)(OB) / 10.79 oz(RG)
10.5-hour Playback
12-hour charge via computer
5.5 hours via 5V/2A)
2.83 hours via 9V/1.67A Fast Charge
128GB Internal(LB)(OB)
256GB Internal(RG)
microSD (Max 400GB) x1
 
Supports WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
Window 7, 8, 10 (32/64bit)
MAC OS X 10.7+
Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Capable

Awards

2019 iF Design Award
Inner Fidelity 2018 Editor's Choice Award
2018 Red Dot Design Award

Reviews

Astell n Kern Magazine Guide
Astell&Kern Magazine

Guides & Reviews
by Moon Audio

What Hifi Review
What Hi-Fi?

by Staff
Feb. 2019

Headfonia Review
Headfonia

by Lieven
Nov. 2018

Digital Trends Review
Digital Trends

by Ryan Waniata
Aug. 2018

Major Hifi Review
Major HiFi

by Carroll Moore
Jul. 2018

The Absolute Sound Review
Absolute Sound

by Steven Stone
Mar. 2019

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Astell&Kern A&futura SE100 Digital Audio Player

Astell&Kern A&futura SE100 dimensions

Specifications

Model:
SE100
Body Color:
Titan Silver
Body Material:
Aluminum
Display:
5inch (720 x 1,280) Touchscreen
Supported Audio Formats:
WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
Sample rate:
PCM : 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample)
DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo
SD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo
Output Level:
Unbalance 2.0Vrms / Balance 4.1Vrms (Condition No Load)
CPU:
Octa-core
DAC:
ESS SABRE ES9038PRO 8channel
Decoding:
Support up to 32bit / 384kHz Bit to Bit Decoding
Input:
USB 3.0 Type-C input (for charging & data transfer (PC & MAC)) / Connection Mode : MTP (Media Device)
Outputs:
PHONES (3.5mm) / Optical Out (3.5mm) / Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported)
Wi-Fi:
802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
Bluetooth:
V4.1 (A2DP, AVRCP, aptXTM HD)
Dimensions:
2.98 ”(75.8 mm) [W] x 5.22 ”(132.7 mm) [H] x 0.6 ”(15.3 mm) [D]
Weight:
8.5 oz (241 g)
Feature Enhancements:
Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
Frequency Response:
±0.038dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalance / ±0.028dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Balance 

±0.074dB (Condition: 10Hz~70kHz) Unbalance / ±0.030dB (Condition: 10Hz~70kHz) Balance

Signal to Noise Ratio:
122dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 123dB @ 1kHz, Balance
Crosstalk:
138dB @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 144dB @ 1kHz, Balance
THD+N:
0.0007% @ 1kHz, Unbalance / 0.0006% @ 1kHz, Balance
IMD SMPTE:
0.0006% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Unbalance / 0.0005% 800Hz 10kHz(4:1) Balance
Output Impedance:
Balanced out 2.5mm (1ohm) / PHONES 3.5mm (1.5ohm)
Clock Jitter:
800 Femto Seconds
Reference Clock Jitter:
250 Femto Seconds
Battery Capacity:
3,700mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery
Continuous Playback Time:
up to 11 hours (Standard - MUSIC: FLAC, 16-bit/44kHz, Volume 75, LCD Off)
Charge Time:
About 2 hours (Standard - 9V/1.67A Fast charging)
Built-in Memory:
128GB [NAND]
External Memory:
microSD (Max 400GB) x1
Supported OS:
Windows XP, Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up

4.8 / 5.0
4 Reviews
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Worth Every Dollar- You will go to bed late listening to just one more song
September 17, 2019. I have had the SE100 for almost 3 weeks and have approximately 50-70 hours listening to it or letting it play. ( Read on some blog this helps the burn in quicker. Take it for what it’s worth. Not mentioned in the manual). I read in a review prior to buying the manual was lacking detail. So I downloaded the manual from Moon-Audio site and looked at their videos in their resource section. By the time I bought the player I knew how to operate the buttons and download music and the open service apps like Spotify and and DS Audio. The player basically updated the software as soon as I connected to WiIFI. I love the operating system. It’s clear and smooth and for me intuitive. I moved my music FLAC library from my Network Attached Storage System to a 400GB Micro SD card. It also was a easy process. I did it by connecting the SE100 via USB-C to my Mac and my NAS was connected via WIFi. The SE100 is an elegant player. Very well built. The corners are indeed sharpe and the player can feel slippery so I highly recommend a cover. I chose the Dignis leather case as it covered more of the player. Initially (3-4 days) I listened to the SE100 DS Audio function via my NAS. I used the unbalanced JH Audio cable that came with the Lola Universal IEMs. I wanted to get an idea as to if upgraded cables made a difference. I did this while waiting for my micro SD card to arrive. The player was great right out the box but seemed to get noticeably better as the hours went on. Once my SD card arrived I switched over to the Moon-Audio Silver Dragon cables and it was really really good. Very open and detailed. When I initially started playing the SE100 I was normally listening at a volume of 80-85. As the player, cables and IEMs burned in I am now listening with the same detail at 60-65 volume. I cannot express how much this player and IEM and cable combination just seems to get better the more I play it. The burn in theory may be correct. The player has worked flawlessly. I heard music I have listened to for years but now I am in the music. Most of my files are 16/24 FLAC files. I have a few 24/92/192 and DSD. While the 16 bit files sound great I plan to buy more 24/92 files. I think the SE100 really shines with the better files. While I listen to everything I love vocals, jazz with piano and or brass and R&B, Rock etc with guitars. Even my rap (Ice Cube sounds great) the JH Audio Lola IEMs have the ability to adjust the bass via the cable and it has no effect on the mids and highs. If the SP1000M/SP1000/SP2000 are better players I hope to never listen to them. For the price of the SE100 I got more than my money. I highly recommend the SE100.
September 17, 2019
Huge upgrade from IPods etc.
I might give a 5 rating down the road since I've only had it for 3 months. First, glad I bought from Moon. I'm pretty savvy with most devices but the AK manuals are not great. So I emailed Moon 5-6 times and always got a response within 24 hrs while I got nothing from AK direct. Plus Moon ships fast!
The goal was to replace aging Apple devices with a player that could sound better. Aces high! Imported many of my CDs into the SE100 and while I expected good things from FLAC size files, I was delighted with the actual sound. I also put about 40G of ITunes music on a sd chip and although lower quality, still sounds far better than IPod or computer.
The quality feel of the SE100 is in company with very high end audio products. You will for sure need a case for it; its slippery but $150 seems outrageous to me.
The Bluetooth coupling is sometimes balky as I go between 3 different Bluetooth systems. I went back and bought a charger from Moon which I recommend as it's faster and solid.
My only wish at this point is that the SE100 had 256g on board so I could rip more of my CDs direct. Oh...I also bought the CD Ripper which was a great partner and a critical addition if you want easy and quality import.
February 15, 2019
SE100 AMAZING!
Excellent sound quality! Light weight, big screen, BEST PRICE! If compare to SP1000M, I rather to get this SE100!
December 23, 2018
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How will this connect to a NAIM DAC ? Thank you
Marui C on Mar 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Okay. I was making sure the model I was researching was the correct one. I found in the manual:

"Two further digital inputs are accessed via USB sockets; one on the front panel and one on the rear panel. The USB sockets can be used to connect USB memory sticks carrying audio files or Apple iPod or iPhone models."

It appears that the DAC will not accept an Android signal in the USB ports.
will this player drive 300 ohm headphones?
kerry h on Oct 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The SE100 has output voltage of 2.0Vrms (Unbalanced) and 4.1Vrms (Balanced). I have not heard of any issues of this player to drive higher impedance headphones. Which pair do you have, as it may depend on sensitivity of the drivers as well? Thank you.

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