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Astell & Kern, the global leader in high-resolution audio players, today announced the SE200, the second model in its premium A&futura series and the world's first player to come equipped with a multi-DAC.
Comprising two audiophile-calibre Sabre ESS9068AS DACs (set up in a dual DAC configuration) and a single AKM4499EQ (previously found in Astell & Kern's flagship SP2000 player), the unique multi-DAC setup enables users to customise the SE200's sound to suit their preferences and the type of music being played. The DACs can be used separately or in conjunction, and a selection of manufacturer-designed DAC filters enables the listener to further fine-tune the sound characteristics. Independent AMP circuits ensure the ESS and AKM DACs operate without interfering with each other, and even within each circuit the signals for Balanced and Unbalanced audio are separated to maintain optimum quality.
On the design front, the SE200 encapsulated the boldness and flair long associated with Astell & Kern's products. The signature trapezoid body is constructed from noise-suppressing aluminium, with eye-catching precision-processed ceramic plates inlaid on the top and rear surfaces. Replacing the glass of the previous generation SE100 model, the curved, high-gloss ceramic plates aren't just striking to look at - they're also hardwearing and improve wireless network performance. The volume wheel LED uses colour coding, allowing the user to instantly check volume, bit-rate and DAC status, while the volume knob itself is divided in two to symbolise the two types of DAC on board.
A generous 256GB of on-board memory gives users twice the storage space of the SE100, and up to 1TB of additional capacity can be added via microSD card - space enough for hundreds of high res 24 bit 192khz or DSD albums. High resolution audio can also be streamed using services like Tidal and Qobuz - both available on the SE200.
Battery life has been improved, now offering up to 14 hours of continuous playback, while power output has been increased from 4V to 6V (balanced) and 2V to 3V (unbalanced). Combining superb performance, elegant design and precision engineering, the A&future SE200 is a real world first: the only multi-DAC player on the market, it brings the true feel and sound of premium hi-fi to a portable product.