Astell & Kern SE180 (Moon Silver)
Portable High Resolution Audio Player
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Switchable DAC module for tailored sound
By placing the DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) and amp in a separate module, the SE180 offers several benefits. The first is improved isolation, leading to superior sound quality through enhanced shielding from other components. The second is the ability to switch DAC/Amp modules, giving the potential for upgrading the sound at a later date, or simply changing the sound to one that suits you better.
ESS ES9038PRO module supplied
The DAC module supplied with the SE180 makes a brilliant starting point. This 8-channel DAC is widely found in premium home audio equipment and, in the SE180, is responsible for much of the SE180’s award-winning sound quality. With its wide frequency response and low distortion, the sound quality is punchy and articulate as well as being smooth, spacious and detailed.
TERATON Alpha technology for ultimate sound and efficiency
TERATON Alpha is AK’s ultimate, technical solution for optimising sound quality whilst reducing noise, distortion and power consumption. Through tens of thousands of hours R&D, AK’s engineers have refined the audio power supply, amplifier and interface. Astell & Kern have removed excess noise and enhanced efficiency, giving a more natural and detailed sound quality – just as the artist intended.
Support up to 384kHz/32-bit audio and Native DSD256
With support for files up to 384kHz/32-bit, bit to bit playback, the SE180 plays back the highest quality files, bit perfectly. As an alternative to PCM sampling, many of the large music labels, including Sony, support DSD files. DSD is renowned for its huge dynamic range, ‘inky’ quiet backdrop and subtle detail that gives music ‘life’ and realism. The SE180 offers native DSD support up to DSD256.
Compatible with Meridian's MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology, the SE180 offers the choice of using this ingenious system to save on storage space. Although studio master quality, the beauty of MQA is that files are small enough to easily stream and they don't take up so much space – giving the best of both worlds.
Install the music apps you want
Using the improved Open APP service, you can install the music apps you want on the player. These include favourites such as Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Prime Music and TuneIn Internet radio.
BT sink for wireless music transfer
With the new BT sink function, you can now wirelessly stream music to the SE180, similar to the way the player streams to your wireless headphones or Bluetooth speaker. Simply pair with your music device, such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop and stream the music across – wirelessly.
Powerful Bluetooth 5.0 with LDAC and aptX HD support
For the best connection with your wireless headphones or Bluetooth speaker, the SE180 uses Bluetooth V5.0. Compatible with aptX HD, aptX, LDAC, A2DP and AVRCP codecs, this Hi-Res portable ensures you get a high-resolution signal to your headphones to match.
256GB built-in memory
With an impressive 256GB of internal memory, the SE180 offers twice the storage space of the previous SE100 model. It stores around 2500 tracks (24 bit/96kHz, 4 minute-long, 90MB) - ample for a substantial HiRes music library. Add an optional 1TB microSD card and this extends to 1.25TB, putting a lifetime’s music collection in the palm of your hand.
FHD display and new navigation bar
Featuring an FHD (1080p) display, the SE180 shows off artwork and onscreen graphics with improved colour and crispness. For the first time on an Astell & Kern player, the SE180 features a navigation bar. Consistent with an Android smartphone experience, the navigation bar lets you swipe between screens for faster, single touch playback.
Volume wheel with integrated LED featuring bit depth status
Integrated into the volume control, a multi-colour LED signals the current file’s bit depth - red for 16-bit, green for 24-bit, blue for 32-bit and purple for DSD files. The volume wheel itself is manufactured to the highest standards – machined like the crown on a luxury Swiss watch.
Get a flexible Hi-res portable, that’s got an eye on the future, with the Astell & Kern A&futura SE180.
3 x ( 3.5mm - Unbalanced / 2.5mm / 4.4mm Balanced)
1 (PC and Mac - USB-C)
Frequency Response (Hz)
20 - 70,000
High Resolution Audio
WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
Flash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Supported
Up to 1TB via micro SD
Around 10.5 hours
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
77 x 137 x 20 (inc module)