Astell & Kern launched the SE180 last year and it has enjoyed great success due to its value for money and modular design with swappable DAC/AMP modules. The company is now expanding upon that with the new SEM4 module.
The fourth module in the series provides a dual DAC design using Asahi Kasei’s famous AK4493SEQ chipset and is the first module to sport AK’s Digital Audio Remaster (DAR) upsampling technology. The company reasons that this allows the module to enhance the sample rate of the audio source so music fans can get closer to the analogue-like original sound.
As before, the module sports TERATON ALPHA sound technology and it has been designed with power efficiency in mind, boasting a 14hr playback time when paired with the SE180.
The SEM4 just launched today for $579 AUD or $669 NZD and will be available for purchase in late May from BusiSoft AV and its dealers.