Astell&Kern A&futura SE200 Digital Audio Player Review
April 7, 2021 § Leave a comment
Why the choice of DACs? The engineers might, in an unguarded moment, admit the reason is ‘because we could’, but the official explanation is the choice ‘exhibits the philosophy of the A&futura line to pursue fundamentally different sound than found in typical DAPs’. Development and ‘sound tuning’ time was necessarily doubled too.
All of which might suggest that the SE200 is an exceptionally complex player to use, which is true if you choose to make it so. You can go deep into the multilayered menu system, make life as difficult as you want, and spend more of your time fiddling with settings than listening. But it’s perhaps best to have an initial play, settle on the configuration you like, and then just get on with enjoying your music.”