More than the several years we have heard about some really weighty-duty MP3 players, but the new Astell & Kern A&futura SE200 may possibly just consider the cake in terms of over-the-best functionality.
Which is because the A&futura SE200, which was declared on Thursday, is the world’s 1st twin-DAC music player, in accordance to the firm.
The incorporated DACs are the Sabre ESS9068AS DACs from ESS and a AKM4499EQ from AKM that was most lately highlighted in Astell & Kern’s best-of-the-line SP2000 player.
In terms of other specs, the SE200 has 256GB of storage with support for up to 1TB of further storage through its microSD card slot, as effectively as aptX High definition Bluetooth wireless, and 32-little bit/384kHz file playback.
It also comes at a steep, steep value of £1,799 / $1,799 (close to AU$2,600), placing it on par with a Razer Blade Notebook or a 65-inch Samsung QLED Tv.
It’s a double DAC attack
For those people unfamiliar with them, DAC stands for Digital-to-Analog converter – i.e. the piece of technological know-how inside each and every audio-developing digital that turns electronic documents into analog audio.
DACs are discovered in really significantly anything from your notebook to your smartphone, from your iPad to your beloved pair of wireless earbuds. So they’re in fact really important.
That remaining reported, most DACs are commonly superior adequate at their work to build crisp, clean up seem when paired with the suitable amplifier but at the significant stop it becomes additional about particular choice in audio quality… one thing that may perhaps or might not be absolutely perceptible to the average listener.
It is really evident that Astell & Kern is concentrating on distinguished audiophiles who can decide on out the variation amongst DACs and even though it may well sound a bit like snake oil to some, it’s undoubtedly a one of a kind gimmick if nothing at all else.
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