Impressive Astell & Kern deal slashes almost £900 off a five-star portable player and DAC module bundle

Music player: Astell & Kern A&futura SE180
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If you’re looking for something that sounds better than your phone but is still nice and pocketable, you could do a lot worse than Astell & Kern’s A&futura SE180 – and this brilliant portable music player is currently available for just £999. A great deal as we build up to the Amazon Prime Day sales.

The offer comes as part of a bundle over at Amazon, which includes the Astell & Kern A&futura SE180 player itself, a black leather case, and an extra DAC module. When we tested the SE180 the player alone was priced at £1399, making this a hefty saving when you consider the contents of the package. 

Astell & Kern A&futura SE180 bundle was £1867 now £999 at Amazon (save £868)

Astell & Kern A&futura SE180 bundle was £1867 now £999 at Amazon (save £868)
This bundle includes an Astell & Kern A&futura SE180, which won the 2022 What Hi-Fi? Award for best portable music player over £1000, a SEM4 DAC module, and a leather case to protect everything when you're out and about.

The Astell & Kern A&futura SE180 followed up our five-star review by taking home the 2022 What Hi-Fi? Award for the best portable music player over £1000, with its novel modular design and excellent performance-per-pound making it a clear winner.

This particular offer comes with the SEM4 DAC module, which A&K says “enhances signal separation and amplification” to provide a rich and immersive soundstage. Of course, you also get the default one, which includes an ESS ES9038PRO that supports 32-bit/384kHz PCM, native DSD256 and MQA audio. They can be switched in a matter of seconds, and both offer 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm outputs, so you can plug in all kinds of headphones. 

Elsewhere there’s a five-inch, Full HD touchscreen that allows you to enjoy album artwork while you listen, with an Android-style interface for easily navigating the menus and browsing your music library. There’s also a light-up volume dial on the side that changes colour depending on the bitrate of the song that’s currently playing.  

Both wi-fi and Bluetooth are onboard, so you can stream directly using apps such as Tidal and Deezer, which come pre-loaded, or play via a connected device using the player's BT Sync mode. There’s also 256GB of built-in storage if you prefer to store digital files locally, with a microSD card slot for expanding it by up to 1TB.

While there’s no denying the Astell & Kern A&futura SE180 is a fairly niche proposition, it’s a great piece of kit – and this offer makes it better value for money than ever.


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Tom Wiggins

Tom Wiggins is a freelance writer and editor. A lifelong fan of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., his words have graced a variety of respected sporting outlets including FourFourTwo, Inside Sport, Yahoo Sport UK and In Bed With Maradona. He also specialises in the latest technology and has contributed articles to the likes of TechRadar, TrustedReviews, ShortList, Wareable, Stuff, Metro, and The Ambient.

  • morty5
    How does this unit compare to the sr35, is it worth paying the extra and does it improve on sound performance? TIA