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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. bgtip
    I've had the impression that the recommended burn in time for SR15 is 200 hrs. I did it for more than 200hrs before I started to listen critically. My belief is that on the balanced output the improvement was significant in the clarity, openness and imaging, and because I also burnt in my IEMs at the same time I believe that the perceived soundstage deepened too. Unfortunately it also revealed the mids quite a bit and to me now they sound a little too much.
     
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  2. Tsukuyomi
    i also like the fact that the SR15 is newer compared to the other daps mentioned. it came out only few months ago (4-5months?) so im happier that its newer. the sony wm1a is old and uses a terrible proprietary connecter cable :frowning2: but it does sound better and has more power from what ive heard and seen. but its also 2.5x the price also hahaha
     
  3. Tsukuyomi
    yeah i did notice the mids on the SR15 are a strong point. im hoping they improve more which im sure they will, but at the same time i dont want it to be super mid focused.
     
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  4. bgtip
    I don't think the SR15 is super mid focused. It sounds rather neutral to me but I think that I perceive the mids rather forward after the initial burn in and in combination with my W-shaped IEMs the mids sound a little overpowering to me. I'd rather have V-shaped headphones at this stage of my SR15 sound development.
     
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  5. abitdeef
    I love the mids, the highs and bass are all there as they’re supposed to be. And like I said it’s better on balanced. And of course it depends on cans and iems also. I actually like the fuller presentation on SE out myself.

    With the two cans I use it’s not mid centric sounding at all. The highs are really good for this price range. Cymbals and piano are pretty complex because of the detailed highs. I hope the sound doesn’t change much because I really like it. I’ve got about 100 hours I guess.
     
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  6. JasonNYC
    No news yet. Still waiting on testing to be completed by Roon team.
     
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  7. abitdeef
    One thing for sure true to the other 2 AKs I’ve used, the EQ really neuters the sound and is useless imo.
     
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  8. JasonNYC
    Quick update on playlists:

    We've been testing here in the US and put together some detailed reports for the dev and engineering teams. Had a call last night with the various groups to discuss. Everyone fully understands the issue users are having now and as we all know, the engineering team agrees that since the Open App update, external playlists are broken. They need to research and check all the code to find out what the issue is and how to restore it. I have no ETA on this, it could be a quick process or could take a while. They will also need to test that any fix they implement will not break Open App or affect something else. Unfortunately again, I have no idea on timing, but there is now some urgency on figuring this out and working to resolve it.
     
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  9. Tsukuyomi
    i havent listened to any piano yet, but i will today. i just put on the hobit and lord of the ring soundtracks for all the movies and we'll see :)
     
  10. Tsukuyomi
    i havent listened to any piano yet, but i will today. i just put on the hobbit and lord of the ring soundtracks for all the movies and we'll see :)
     
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  11. Sparx81
    @JasonNYC i bought a couple of 24bit 44khz flac albums from HDtracks and when i play them on my AK70 they are fine but when i play them on my SR15 it says that they are MQA. The file size of the album is similar to other 24bit 44khz, so im not sure if this is a bug or not. I can play them on my PC and i have no special software so i am quite lost by this. I hope you can shed some light on it
     
  12. JasonNYC
    @Sparx81 can you pm me a list of the albums please? We will check it out.
     
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  13. JTori
    I received my SR15 a few days ago and am really beginning to get a sense of the performance it's capable of. While I've got several headphones and earphones, I'm interested in learning what members of the forum think are ideal pairings for this player. FWIW, I'm most interested in over-the-ear phones that will match up nicely with the SR15.

    Thanks all!
     
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  14. bgtip
    SR15 magic happened when I realised that I'm able to hear the piano hammer action including the return of the tail to its lower position.
     
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  15. abitdeef
    Meize 99 sound good and the new Sony wireless 1000mx3 are nice, as are senn hd660.

    Focal Elear sound great, and I’m a fan of beyer and AT- but I don’t wear over the ear cans much. I cant think of to many cans that wouldn’t pair nicely with SR15 unless it’s hard to drive.

    And it depends on what kind of sound you’re looking for- smooth, or more sharper and analytical. Also I can’t imagine the SR15 sounding sharp or analytical. The ones I mentioned I think are kind of in between.
     
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