Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 high res music player uses a new platform with a modular dac/amp that can be removed and replaced with dac/amp sections that provide a different tuning. SE180 has a gorgeous high res 5" 1920 x 1080 screen, aluminum housing, audio section featuring a ESS 9038 dac and new Teraton amp section.
There is an amp section for the 3.5mm out and another for the balanced 2.5mm & 4.4mm outputs. The SE180 Teraton amp section features high power up to 6v from balanced out yet it has an ultra low SNR of 129db - providing outstanding clarity and dynamics.
SE180 features several new technologies, such as a new 'sticky' navigation bar for easier playback control, new AK File Drop, for easier wireless transfer of music and new Bluetooth Sink feature, to allow music to be sent to the SE180 by bluetooth at the highest fidelity possible.
October 2021 - pretty significant software update - you can now download the following apps directly in the device: Tidal, Spotify, Amazon Music, Moov, Qobuz, Deezer, Flo, Apple Music. There is a built in youtube app called V-Link as well.
Headfonia.com - Recommended review and in depth descriptions of all four dac/amp cards.
This is a great DAP. Am using it with Focal Stellia headphones & a Kimber Axios Hybrid headphone cable. It’s a good combination. The unit sounds fine with a standard cable, but the Axios cable takes things to another level.