There's rarely much budging on the Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 but the hi-res music player has been victim of a £120 price slash at selected retailers in the Black Friday deals.
The SR15 is a portable music player with dual-DACs, 3.5mm and balanced 2.5mm headphone jacks, 64GB built-in storage (expandable via microSD card), and built-in Bluetooth, wi-fi and Tidal.
Astell & Kern A&Norma SR15 hi-res music player
£599 £479 at Amazon
Stacks of storage, plenty of hi-res file support, serious levels of detail and dynamic sound from a portable brand that's second to none. It promises a severe step up from your smartphone sound.
As well as implementing two more advanced DACs (the Cirrus Logic MasterHIFI class DAC CS43198) in a dual-DAC design for optimum performance from both left and right channels, the A&norma sports an improved interface and support for native DSD playback (to DSD64) in addition to PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz.
Owners of even higher-resolution files are also catered for. A 32-bit file with a 384kHz or 352kHz sampling rate is simply downsampled to 24-bit/192 kHz or 24-bit/176 kHz respectively for playback, while DSD128 is also playable through conversion to PCM 24-bit/176kHz.
The A&norma SR15’s rather odd name has been adopted from its sibling, the A&ultima SP1000 player (£3000) launched last year, rather than the eponymous 19th century Italian opera or Marilyn Monroe’s real name. Important to know these things.
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