A&futura SE180

Tailor-made sound
  • Buy an A&futura SE180 and get a FREE SEM4 All-In-One module worth £369
  • Interchangeable all-in-one DAC modules
  • New TERATON ALPHA Sound Solution technology
  • Full HD display for improved image quality
  • Enhanced user interface more consistent with an Android smartphone experience
  • Support for high-resolution audio playback up to native DSD256 and 32bit/384kHz
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Tailor-made sound


Shape your sound with Astell&Kern’s A&futura SE180, our most advanced digital audio player yet and the first to feature interchangeable DAC modules.


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Buy an A&futura SE180 and get a FREE SEM4 All-In-One module worth £369.

DAC modules


Customise the sound on the A&Futura SE180 digital audio player with our range of DAC modules

SEM2 DAC Module

The SEM2 Asahi Kasei AK4497EQ Dual DAC will is the first in a series of optional modules available for the A&futura SE180 digital audio player.

SEM3 DAC Module

The SEM3 ESS ES9038Q2M Quad DAC is the second in a series of optional modules available for the A&futura SE180 digital audio player.

SEM4 DAC Module

The SEM4 Asahi Kasei AK4493SEQ dual DAC is the latest in a series of optional modules available for the A&futura SE180 digital audio player.

Innovative DAC design

The innovative interchangeable DAC design not only offers a new level of audio flexibility for the user but also improves the sound performance. By physically separating the main body from the all-in-one module, power and radio frequency (RF) noise generated by the main unit is completely blocked. This creates an independent structure that prevents noise from interfering with music playback.

Shape your sound

The SEM2 Asahi Kasei AK4497EQ Dual DAC will be the first optional module available on launch with the ability to play files up to 32-bit/768kHz PCM and native DSD512. Both the SEM1 (supplied with player) and SEM2 modules support 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm headphones connections for accommodating a greater variety of headphones and in-ear monitors (IEM)

Introducing TERATON ALPHA technology

The first player to harbour TERATON ALPHA technology that effectively removes power noise and provides efficient power consumption and amplification right through to the audio output interface stage where the digital-to-analogue signal conversion (DAC) takes place – audio technology Astell&Kern has consistently developed and perfected over the years.

Enhanced user-interface design

The A&futura SE180 user-interface has been enhanced to offer an experience consistent with an Android smartphone. A new navigation bar pinned at the bottom of the screen allows users to control playback and skip tracks from any screen, while a single swipe returns to the previous screen.

Stunning HD display

Album artwork pops from the screen with the A&futura SE180 is the first Astell&Kern player to boast a full HD display. This 5-inch touchscreen packs a 1920x1080 pixel resolution, 16.7 million colours and 441 PPI (Pixels Per Inch), resulting in a clean and sharp user-interface design.

"If you treasure your music collection, you ought to have a dedicated music player – and Astell&Kern consistently puts out some of the best on the market...its performance is unarguably impressive…Excellent sound and user experience, united with an innovative swappable DAC feature…it’s an impressively featured and assured music player."

Trusted Reviews, 5 Stars, Highly Recommended

"…the changeable DAC idea is a cool one too and one I’m pleased that Astell & Kern has developed…judged on its own merits the SE180 is good enough to earn enthusiastic Recommendation."

AVForums, Recommended Award

"Having wanted to get my hands on an Astell&Kern DAP for the last nine years, my wait was to be rewarded with a review that I really didn’t want to stop. This was a really cool operator, playing all formats of music with equal care and excitement that made me forget I was listening to digital music."

Hi-Fi Pig, 5 Stars

"Astell&Kern innovates in the music player market once more… Astell & Kern’s quirkiest player yet is also one of its best value and stands as one of the best performance-per-pound offerings in the company’s line-up…if you’re looking for an excellent-sounding player without spending thousands, the A&futura SE180 is among the best we’ve come across…"

What Hi-Fi? Awards 2021, Best Portable Music Player Over £1000

"Build quality is absolutely superb, even judged at the relatively lofty price point… The most immediate impression it gives is one of effortless power…this slick and well-executed digital audio player offers considerable promise."

Hi-Fi Choice, 4.5 stars, Recommended award


Included in the box

  • 1x Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 player
  • 1x SEM1 ESS ES9038PRO DAC module
  • 1x USB-C to USB-A cable (1 metre)
  • 3x screen protectors
  • 1x Quick start guide
 whats in the box
General Specifications
A&futura SE180 (with SEM1 DAC module)
Body Color
Moon Silver
Body Material
5-inch, 1920x1080 FHD Touch Display
Supported Audio Formats
Sample rate
PCM: 8kHz ~ 384kHz (8/16/24/32bits per Sample), DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo / DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo / DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo
Output Level
[Normal Gain] Unbalanced 2Vrms / Balanced 4Vrms (Condition No Load)
[High Gain] Unbalanced 3Vrms / Balanced 6Vrms (Condition No Load)
Support up to 32bit / 384kHz Bit-to-Bit Playback
USB Type-C input (for charging PC & MAC)
Unbalanced Out (3.5mm)
Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported / 4.4m, only 5-pole supported)
802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
V5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, LDAC)
3.03"(77mm)[W] x 5.09"(129.2mm)[H] x 0.78"(19.9mm)[D] (Only body)
3.03"(77mm)[W] x 5.4"(137.2mm)[H] x 0.78"(19.9mm)[D] (Combined with a module
Feature Enhancements
Firmware upgrades supported (OTA)
Audio Performance
Frequency Response
±0.04dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Unbalanced /
±0.04dB (Condition: 20Hz~20kHz) Balanced
±0.07dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz) Unbalanced /
±0.06dB (Condition: 20Hz~70kHz) Balanced
Signal to Noise Ratio
[Normal Gain] 122dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 126dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
[High Gain] 125dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 129dB @ 1kHz, Balance
[Normal Gain] -138dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / -145dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
[High Gain] -138dB @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / -147dB @ 1kHz, Balanced
[Normal Gain] 0.0005% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 0.0004% @ 1kHz, Balanced
[High Gain] 0.0007% @ 1kHz, Unbalanced / 0.0006% @ 1kHz, Balanced
0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Unbalanced / 0.0003% 800Hz 10kHz (4:1) Balanced
Output Impedance
3.5mm (1ohm) / 2.5mm (1.5ohm) / 4.4mm (1.5ohm)
Clock Source
Clock Jitter
Reference Clock Jitter
800 Femto Seconds
3,800mAh 3.8V Li-Polymer Battery
Charge Time
About 5 hours (Standard: 5V / 2A Charging), about 3 hours (Fast: 9V / 1.67A Charging)
Built-in Memory
256GB (NAND)
External Memory
microSD (Max. 1TB) x1
Supported OS
Windows 7,8,10 (32/64bit), MAC OS X 10.7 and up