Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 Music Player

Given that the vast majority of people have smartphones today, the need to carry around a music player like the iPod has diminished somewhat but, truth be told, we miss the process of having a device specifically for our music and that’s why we’ve had our heads turned by this excellent looking Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 Music Player here at Coolector HQ and if you’re after a top performing and aesthetically superior audio device, this is the one for you too.

The Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 Music Player is described as redefining hi-fi standards and the quality audio experience that it offers is sure to appeal to those who are serious about their music. This cracking bit of kit from audio experts, Astell & Kern, has a pleasing weightiness to it and a tangible sense of quality to the touch. It is designed to let you enjoy the philosophy and technologies of Astell&Kern, which is accolated by audiophiles around the world, for an affordable price of just $699.

Impressive Technology

Everywhere you look with the Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 Music Player you’ll find impressive technology that points to its impressive audio performance. This includes dual DAC of CS43198, MasterHIFI™ tier chipsets from Cirrus Logic, enhanced audio processing power and snappy UI with Quad-core CPU and native DSD playback and playback-focused user interface
with a powerful audio performance which is curated by Astell&Kern’s know-how.

The Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 Music Player as adopted the MasterHIFI™ class DAC, CS43198 for the first time in a portable music player. The audio experts believe that true Hi-Fi should sound as close as possible to the original performance and that’s something that you will witness with this excellent bit of kit from Astell & Kern. The CS43198 is one of few DAC chipsets that is capable of bringing us even closer to the original when it’s matched with the analog amp design of Astell&Kern so if you want to hear your favourite songs as the musicians intended then this is the device for you.

Boasting USB audio technology, the Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 Music Player can be used as a digital music storage device and or pre-amp to output digital audio through USB. It transfers DSD in native format through DoP (DSD over PCM) and converts DSD to PCM for output for external USB Audio that do not support DoP. Long story short, this delivers the sort of unparalleled audio performance that Astell & Kern are synonymous with.

Excellent Interface

The intuitive interface of the Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 Music Player is extremely easy to use and makes sure you can listen to all your favourite tunes on the go. The design is inspired by a composition of interconnected rectangles meaning the slight angles and precise, mindful alignment shows the empty space and tones that fills the space to deliver an aesthetically superior device that looks great wherever you’re using it.

If you’re seeking an audio solution that has more design flair than listening to your favourite tunes on your smartphone, the Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 Music Player will tick all the right boxes. Stylishly designed and with exceptional audio performance, this cracking device has left us impressed here at Coolector HQ and the $700 price tag makes it all the more appealing.

Leo is the owner of The Coolector and writes about the stuff he loves. And some stuff that he merely likes.