Astell & Kern SR15: A&norma Impressions & Reviews
Jul 29, 2018 at 4:11 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 2,627

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Hi,

Time to start a A&norma SR15 Impression and Review thread.

I have my device since yesterday, shortly after it came available at my preferred DAP/HP dealer (www.k55.ch) here in Switzerland.

Have a nice Sunday, cheers
 
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Thanks guys (and girls if present)!

I heard the A&futura (SE100) a few weeks ago and thought it was quite good, but not as good as my old AK240 - which I still painfully regret selling till this day :triportsad:

In between, I had a SonyMW1A, which was also quite good - different but good. Actually, I wanted to wait until the WM1Z is reasonably affordable or Sony brings something out special for the 40th Walkman anniversary. But then the A&norma was unexpectedly early in stock and this one felt right - right away - with a good price-quality ratio.

The AK240 I used with mainly with the SE846 and the Signature Pro, the WM1A with the SE846 and Z1R. The A&norma now I hear with the Campfire Audio Polaris - a good team so far :darthsmile:
 
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I have no unboxing..... only this here....
https://i.imgur.com/dVNYF9u.jpg

one complain I have already.... other than on the AK240 the protective cover for the front and back is not pre-applied. At least it has two sets - BUT - the sticker on the front you can't remove without leaving ugly sticky adhesive. I tried to remove it but in the process the protective film did get bend and it looks very ugly.... so at that moment I have no cover and no protective film on it. I looks they use poor quality adhesive or it did get hot while transport.
https://i.imgur.com/Mdyv4WO.jpg
 
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UI is very fast, I would say even faster than on the SE100 :ksc75smile:
 
Jul 29, 2018 at 4:56 PM Post #11 of 2,627

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Most of my music is from Qobuz, unfortunately not available anymore on AK - maybe as soon Tidal is broke.

Yes I tried already Tidal HiFi - it worked fine so far. I was in the train between Zürich and Bern and listen through a hotspot on my iPhone. The SR15 did get a bit hot though. Hopefully we will see Tidal offline in a few months :beyersmile:
 
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Maybe there is a heat issue.:triportsad:

I already mentioned it get pretty hot while streaming, well it get's also hot when its in the pants in normal music listening conditions. This is normal more or less I guess. But the device is also really hot in switched on no playing anything, that's not normal I think. The AK240 was also hot when streaming music or playing in a bag, but not just switched on and the WM1A wasn't hot at all.

Some other owners out there experiences something similar?
 
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I have no unboxing..... only this here....
https://i.imgur.com/dVNYF9u.jpg

one complain I have already.... other than on the AK240 the protective cover for the front and back is not pre-applied. At least it has two sets - BUT - the sticker on the front you can't remove without leaving ugly sticky adhesive. I tried to remove it but in the process the protective film did get bend and it looks very ugly.... so at that moment I have no cover and no protective film on it. I looks they use poor quality adhesive or it did get hot while transport.
https://i.imgur.com/Mdyv4WO.jpg


Congrats on your Norma. Just a tip for the screen protector. I went through the same issue with SE100. However, the foil wheres the sticker is another protective film on the actual screen protector. Try to peel it by the corner you will see the actual screen protector remaining on the display.
 

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