Astell & Kern has introduced the portable audio player To the&future SE200, the direct successor of the model SE100 launched in the course of 2018. The Digital Audio Player (DAP) has an aluminum body and a finish called Moon Silver. The measures are 76,9 (L) x 132 (h) x 15.8 (W) mm with a weight of 274 grams, not much different than the previous model which, however, was a little lighter (241 grams).

The front houses a touch screen display of 5″ with a resolution of 720 x 1080 pixels, the same as the SE100. The internal structure of the components highlight the important changes compared to the past. SE200 uses a Multi-DAC: we find a digital to analog converter AKM AK4499EQ and a Dual DAC ESS ES9068AS (with two DACS are identical in the dual-mono, each dedicated to a single channel). Supported sampling frequencies up to 384 kHz / 32-bit.

The Multi DAC work so as to ensure an experience tailor-made for the tastes of each user. The converters provide various filters developed by the designers of the DAC to customize more finely the sound. The LED around the volume knob provides a variety of information through the color you used: just a glance is enough to know the bit-rate of the song you are listening to, the format in use and the DAC that is operating at the moment.

The particular configuration has been reflected also on the amplification section. SE200 uses a dedicated circuit for each DAC and separates the further signal for each channel in balanced mode and unbalanced. In this way you will prevent any interference that would degrade the quality of the sound.

How about the SE100 is a processor octa-core to handle all the functions. The songs are stored on a NAND memory 256 GB (double SE100) that you can further expand via microSD up to 1 TB. You can play the file in high resolution in the formats WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF and MQA. The connectivity includes Wi-Fi 802.11 n 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2 with A2DP, AVRCP, and aptX HD, a USB Type-C for connection to PC and Mac, dual output, unbalanced on 3.5 mm, and the double balanced output on 4-pin connector (2.5 mm).

The integrated battery has a capacity of 3,700 mAh, and ensures the following range:

  • About 10 hours (Standard – AK4499EQ, Format of music: FLAC, 16-bit/44.1 kHz, unbalanced output, Volume 50, EQ OFF, LCD OFF)
  • Approximately 14 hours (Standard – ES9068AS, Format of music: FLAC, 16-bit/44.1 kHz, unbalanced output, Volume 50, EQ OFF, LCD OFF)

A full charge takes about 2.5 hours. SE200 is proposed at the price of 1.799 dollars. We are waiting to know the price and availability in Italy, where the product is distributed from kwun tong hong kong.