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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. NovaFlyer
    Just an update to this. The above solution is for the sideloaded APK Tidal version 2.11.0. I just updated to the side loaded APK version 2.11.4 and the My Mix playlists show up in the "My Collection" section. From here, it's easy to stream. To make a downloadable playlist:

    1. Go to the My Mix section
    2. Click on the desired My Mix playlist
    3. Click on "+ Create playlist"
    4. The "Add to Playlist" dialogue will appear, click on "Create New Playlist" at the bottom
    5. The "Create New Playlist" name dialogue will appear, and default to "My Mix (number)" All the My Mix Playlist tracks will appear as well
    6. Either accept the recommended name or create you own and the click "Create" and the playlist is created with all the My Mix Playlist tracks from that My Mix
    7. To download for offline listening, to "My Collection" and "Playlists". Click on the playlist, and in the playlist, toggle on the download switch.

    This works for both the SR15 and the SP1000M. I'll assume it will also work on the SP1000.
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  2. requiemmetal
    Hi All,

    Does anyone have any views on a good set of on-ear headphones to pair with SR15.

    I've had the SR15 for a few weeks now and absolutely love it. I'm using it with a pair of AKG N40 in-ear phones that I got for c.£200 and am using a balanced cable. It sounds fantastic on these, and moving to the balanced cable I thought improved them further.

    The problem is, while I love the sound of the N40s, I feel like they sit too far into my ear and it irritates me. I'm usually on the move when I listen to music, and think over-ear headphones will be a little too bulky for me, so was considering on-ear headphones instead, around the same kind of price as my AKGs, or maybe a little more.

    I liked the sound of the balanced output, though all the on-ear headphones I've looked at only ever seem to have the standard 3.5mm connection.

    Any suggestions for a good pair?

  3. royalemint
    You can try BGVP DM6 or Fearless S6 Rui (mine is still on order) within that £200 price range. I have the DM6 and it pairs pretty well with the SR15 although my Campfire Andromeda is my weapon of choice for the SR15. Of course this is only my personal opinion.
  4. requiemmetal
    Thanks for those suggestions...ive already got the AKG N40s which are great In-ears I think, so I was hoping for any thoughts on good On-ear headphones, rather than In-ears or Over-ears.
  5. LyrradMoor
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2019
  6. ThomasHK

    The charcoal gray sleeve is great.
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  7. ce3eoa
    I use Beyerdynamic Xelento, and AKG K3003, both sound very good with the SR15.
  8. stephanemtl
    I am having major issues with the side-loaded Tidal app. Offline, it works fine for some time... then, suddenly, major stuttering, lag and noise: useable.

    I have done a factory reset and installed, twice, the latest version of Tidal (apk)... with the same result. The issue is also in ONLINE mode with some albums.


    p.s. I will try with older version of Tidal.
  9. atmasphere
  10. JeroenTop
    Hi, I use a 512Gb without any problems. Good luck!
  11. atmasphere
    Terrific - thanks!
  12. JasonNYC
    Yes, AK players will support up to 2TB cards. The 512GB PNY cards will be compatible. We recommend formatting as FAT32 for best results.
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  13. atmasphere
    Terrific - thanks!! I had some prior issues (another brand) with exfat so I'm all in on FAT32 now. :wink:
  14. buonassi

    I use the apk Tidal version that comes preloaded with the AK skin from their android build. Currently version 2.11.0. So I'm using what I believe to be the 'approved' or 'whitelisted' version by AK. Every once in a while I get a soft buzzing distortion noise that plays in the background with the music. It's very noticeable, but not so loud it hurts my ears or anything. It happens when the music changes on its own to a new track (offline mode). A skip forward then back corrects the issue only sometimes. Other times I have to pick a different album - play it - the switch back to the first album - to get it to play normal again. Happens rarely so it's not a dealbreaker, but I wonder if it's an SD card read error? Perhaps a reformat of the card, or a better quality card would alleviate this?

    @JasonNYC - is this a known bug or can you at least offer any conjecture that would explain it? I'm using this card:

    Sandisk Ultra 128GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter - 100MB/s U1 A1 - SDSQUAR-128G-GN6MA

    I also have a Samsung card I can try, but that card is not on the recommended list per the AK manual. Jason, may I try this card to see if there is an improvement?
  15. stephanemtl
    I am not sure I understand which apk version of Tidal you are using. Is it the standard Android 2.11.0 version that was released, by Tidal, at the beginning of January?

    By the way, my version of the preloaded AK Tidal is 1.7.
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