Astell Kern A&norma SR15 is part of the new a&Norma line, a dual dac, high res music player, replacing the AK70 / AK70mkii. The design uses an innovative titled screen and the SR15 features a new, upgraded operating system from the flagship SP1000, running from a quad core processor. Everything runs much quicker and smoother, with fewer steps and a nicer interface.
Sound quality is consistently fantastic - clear, effortless, dynamic and easy to listen to for hours on end. A great upgrade from a phone, whether used with headphones or into powered speakers.
The SNR of 122 dB and Crosstalk of 137 dB specs help to illustrate how clean the analog section of this music player is - those are excellent specs for any portable or home music player.
SR15 has 64 GB of built in memory and you can supply a micro sd card up to 400GB. SR15 uses new MasterHiFi Dual Dac chips - 2x CS43198 - for top of the line specs and to provide sterling sound quality. You can also stream music from Tidal when using wifi.
* A&K updated the firmware so you can now add a variety of music streaming sites and there are currently 3 apps that let you store music for offline playback, away from wifi: Tidal, Spotify & Amazon Music. We updated our demo, quick and easy. Update info :https://us.astellnkern.com/blogs/news.
Headfonia.com: User interface is snappy and intuitive... design of the A&norma is simply gorgeous... Sonically the SR15 impresses. It is a damn fine mix of musicality and technical performance. The soundstage is wide and clear. Resolution is top and imaging very good.
Digitaltrends.com: The A&K A&norma SR15’s quirky design hides strong audio tech for a sparking listening experience
Whathifi.com: What Hifi? Awards 2018 winner. sr15 is much clearer, crisper and more transparent (compared with ak70mkii)