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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. Gagaryn
    I was using my 535's when I initially got a my SR15 and also felt there was a lack of bass. I got a Fiio LC-2.5C balanced cable and it didn't make much difference to the bass - makes everything louder though! I ended up biting the bullet and getting a [air of SE 846's. An expensive solution but it worked - they are superb.
  2. Toddk
    Interesting. I no longer have the packaging, might be impossible to refund. I am thinking of selling them and raising budget to around $1K.

    I’m bummed that these are not living up to my expectations!
  3. abitdeef
    SE 846 are excellent the bass/everything is much better than the 535’s and the AK t8ie’s are superb on bass also. Of course they are both more expensive, but would be under your new budget :wink: and both go on sale once in a blue moon.

    I think good headphones/iems are the most important part of the audio chain. Although with the better iems you can really tell when a dap has a good quiet quality amp section like the SR15.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2018
  4. Trueaudio
    I agree, the 535 are the best at their price range, but 846 are superb! You really get the most out of the SR15 with these IEM’s.
    abitdeef likes this.
  5. singleended5863
    I don’t know why most of you didn’t get bass with SR15 and 535 (?) I got plenty defined bass after SR15 breaking in.
  6. Toddk
    I’m over 120hrs burn-in with both. Still no bass!?
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2018
  7. abitdeef
    I do too, I Shirley can’t complain about bass response. :) But there are warmer/bassier daps out there and of course some have pretty good dsp efffects that really enhance the bass- Sony, Cowon to name 2 and Magic 8 ball from Hiby.

    But there are also leaner daps out there on bass response, and I think the SR15 keeps great detail and dynamics but still sounds musical, not analytical. A very sweet spot to my ears and I can see why AK doesn’t add dsp or filters to play with.

    Of course headphones used matter and with iems tips and seal matter for best bass response.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2018
  8. singleended5863
    Couldn’t agree more. :smile_phones:
    pilgrimbilly likes this.
  9. stephanemtl
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2019
  10. stephanemtl
    I am having a hard time sliding down the top menu when my SR15 is in its leather case. The thin piece of leather at the top of the screen prevents my finger from touching the very top part of the screen. As a result, the top menu does not appear when I slide down my finger. Am I the only one? solution?
  11. abitdeef
    Nope me too, and I’m just bearing with it. I tried pushing it down in the case as much as possible.
  12. stephanemtl
    Yeah... I try to push the screen down as much as possible as well... with little to no effect. That, I hope, can be fixed through software update.... ?
  13. abitdeef
    Yep I bet it could, if they just move the zone down a tiny bit. And you almost need a case because of that slippery glass back.
  14. stanleylieber
    same problem here. i’ve had the best luck simply tapping the top of the screen, rather than swiping down.
    powersfineart likes this.
  15. TwoTrack
    Looking forward to hearing the newer AK players. I am enjoying my new AK240 but I imagine the new ones are a step up.
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