Let’s face it, many people user their smartphones to listen to music these days, but for those who still prefer a dedicated player and have $699 to spare, Astell & Kern’s new A&norma SR15 is just for you. Apart from its crooked display, it boasts a Cirrus Logic CS43198 DAC, quad-core processor, native DSD / PCM playback up to 24-bit/192kHz, Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity with AptX HD, and a 3.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) TFT LCD, all wrapped in a sleek solid aluminum alloy body. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
“A portable device like this SR15 player is meant to be held in the hand, and so, unlike, say, a desktop monitor, its display really doesn’t have to adhere to any sort of flat line or horizon. We tilt our mobile devices in all sorts of ways, and so the apparent tilt here isn’t going to be as jarring in use as it is to just look at it in a still photo. I like that the tilt helps the SR15 accommodate a big and chunky volume knob, but more than anything, I love that it has an immediate character and difference to it. The sheer absurdity of it is charming,” according to The Verge.