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Astell & Kern SR15: A&norma Impressions & Reviews

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by pitch_black, Jul 29, 2018.
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  1. gazzington
    Can you stream from your phone and Bluetooth it to this dap?
  2. nekromantik
    i wish I waited....could got HiBy R5 instead.
    better battery life and two way bluetooth and full android
  3. Doctordoom16
    I think I figured out a short term cure for offline tidal shuddering
    Go to services, the on loaded tidal app has a small i next to it, hit it and then clear the cache. Mine was at 1.9 gigs. After that no more shuddering this week. Will empty cache every few days. Hopefully this works. I noticed the shuddering was more often but now haven’t noticed on albums which had shuddered in recent past
  4. Doctordoom16
    Bought and sold r5. Kept the sr15. The r5 is nice and if u need full android, but to me the sr15 sounds and is my choice. Plus r5 is boring looking! Lol
  5. nekromantik
    but it has 18 hour battery life lol
  6. Doctordoom16
    Spoke too soon. Shuddering still.
    Anyone come up w a solution? Also if the tidal app is side loaded, will it automatically update as if it were a regular tidal app? If not do we need to download any updates manually?
  7. Doctordoom16
    18 hr? No way. Using balanced out it was barely better than the h6 pro. Is say it’s good for 8-10 hours max depending on headphones and volume
  8. CANiSLAYu
    Yes you need to update the sideloaded app manually. Need to download the updated APK and install it and delete the old one. Make sure you're using the latest version.
  9. dawsonsweek
    What was the latest on Last.fm scrobbling? The addition of the Last.fm app to the Open APP list didn't seem to do anything or scrobble tracks I have on my SR15. I remember @JasonNYC mentioning scrobbling was something that was being tested though, is that a separate update which will be coming to future firmware?
  10. gavamb
    So, just picked up the player, after having a mk1 ak70, and really pleased with it. Marked uptick in SQ from the Ak70 in my opinion. Mainly listened to ak70 in office with klipsch x20is previously..

    Drives my oppo pm2 through balanced mode lovely, and when using in office sounds terrific, much better and was happy beforehand

    Tidal offline was the trigger for me and v happy
  11. wylfsyn
    My observations as a new user of SR15:
    - internal memory is slow, in comparision to Cowon Plenue R and Pixel 2XL smartphone, memory speed looks like a turtle near to hare
    - by using physical buttons (next) first second of song is cut; changing songs on-screen is ok
    - there is no charging battery indicator or animation, a picture of battery appears once, than nothing
    - system is overloaded with these semi-transparent skins, having simple black theme should make device faster and snappier
    - device is not recognized by my PC (Windows 10, 1903), had to change MTP to internal DAC, and again to MTP to see my files
    - using oudated microUSB input instead of USB C is a very bad move
    Other than that, music is fabulos, especially on balanced output. @JasonNYC - please look at my thougs by next firmware version,
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2019
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  12. rlw6534
    I'm looking to get one of these. Does anyone know if this device supports Amazon Music HD at full bitrate (24/192) with SRC (Sample Rate Converter) bypass? I understand that it does with Tidal Masters (please let me know if I'm wrong on this). I know Android devices can be a problem on this issue and my research makes me unsure on this specific device... My primary use case is wi-fi streaming, not local storage.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2019
  13. CANiSLAYu
    Below was posted by @JasonNYC on the KANN CUBE thread:

  14. xxAMAROKxx
    When EQ is on NORMAL, I'm finally happy with the SR15 sound. :gs1000smile: It lighten the Midrange and Treble. But the most valuable change is much more wider and further Soundstage. (And only guys from A&K knows what else.)

    Why didn't I know that before? ... I normally don't use EQ.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2019
  15. rlw6534
    Thank you for a complete answer!
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