Incoming Astell & Kern New: A&futura and A&norma

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  1. alphanumerix1
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    A&futura, a new Premium Line and A&norma, a new Standard Line
    A&futura SE100 features premium Hi-Fi performance and includes an ES9038pro 8-channel DAC and Octa-core CPU
    A&norma SR15 features Dual DAC, Quad-core CPU, and Native DSD playback with the best capability at its price point


    The A&futura SE100 is to be retailed at $1,699 and A&norma SR15 is to be retailed at $699.

    A&futura

    Full specs - https://www.astellnkern.com/eng/con...scg=CG231960&spos=1&tcg=&tpos=0&gcode=SC32050

    A&futura SE100 - with first dap in the market with ESS9038PRO DAC
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  2. alphanumerix1
    A&Norma

    Full specs -

    https://www.astellnkern.com/eng/con...scg=CG232020&spos=2&tcg=&tpos=0&gcode=SC32080

    As a compact counterpart to the reference models "SP1000" and "SE100", Astell & Kern presents the new "A & norma Sp15". The "little one" will be equipped with a new CS dual-DAC, new 4-core chip and also a new user interface.

    The A&norma SR15 is the first model from Astell&Kern’s new standard line of players. The A&norma line is designed to provide those new to high resolution audio a feature-packed introduction to the Astell&Kern brand. ‘Pragmatic’ Hi-Fi is now available with A&norma. The A&norma SR15 is packed with several features found in previous Astell&Kern flagship devices so that even beginners can enjoy the fullest musical details when listening with an A&norma player. The SR15 uses the proven Master HIFI level DAC chip, the Cirrus Logic CS43198, and features a Quad-core CPU which provides abundant power to process high-res music and creates an intuitive and snappy user experience. The A&norma SR15 can playback up to 24bit/192kHz PCM audio, and single-rated DSD natively. All of these features are packaged in a solid aluminum alloy body that resembles the popular AK70 series. The user interface is also very intuitive and is based on other upper-tier models in the Astell&Kern line.

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  3. artpiggo
    ES9038 PRO is really interesting.
     
  4. alphanumerix1
    Yeah i thought so also, Wondering what chip will be in the A&norma

    Would this the first time A&K had a sabrechip?
     
  5. artpiggo
    Yes first time. Hope it not be only one time.
     
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  6. unknownguardian
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  7. musicday
    Interesting, but no 4.4 mm balance? Since this has already taking over.
     
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  8. hfflt
    No, A&K will stick with 2.5mm. Is it just me or SP15 screen is weirdly tilted?
     
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  9. LCeh
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  11. thatonenoob
    Is norma supposed to be a reference to normie. A&normie?

    Yea we know it's not the top of the line but this naming is unfortunate.
     
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  12. alphanumerix1
    I think it's means "small/baby" "little one" in reference to it's physical size.
     
  13. thatonenoob
    Ah, too bad the association power of the word norma is significantly less than that of normie.
     
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  14. Bosk
    Suddenly I regret recently buying an AK70 MKII because the SR15 appears to be a direct upgrade in the same form factor. Not sure I like the ergonomics of the tilted screen, but visually its a bold choice that makes a real statement. AK aren't resting on their laurels that's for sure.
     
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  15. thatonenoob
    If it's such a great feature...why doesn't the flagship model and mid of the run model also have an oddly tilted 15 degree screen.
     
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