Astell & Kern SR15 (Dark Grey) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 42.
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Astell & Kern SR15 (Dark Grey)

Portable High Resolution Audio Player
£59 .95 Was £69 .95 from 22/06/21 to 16/09/21
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”An extremely appealing all-rounder.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2019 Product of the Year.

Master HiFi Dual DACs

Used for the first time in a portable player, Cirrus Logic Master HiFi DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertors) provide the SR15 with exceptional sound quality. Meeting their highest standards for sonic precision, the DACs guarantee a reference level of sound. By using twin DACs, the SR15 further improves the sound. By using one DAC for the left channel and another for the right, the SR15 offers channel precision and stereo imaging that's well beyond most rivals.

Flexible format player
There are many HD Audio recordings already available to download online and you may already have started a collection on your computer or NAS drive. Where the SR15 really scores is being able to take those recordings with you - in the highest quality possible. The SR15 supports a wide range of file formats, including WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE (Normal, High, Fast), AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF and DSF.

Native DSD support
Giving this player even broader support for Hi-Res formats, the SR15 supports native DSD64. As an alternative to PCM sampling, many of the large music labels, including Sony, support DSD files. DSD is renowned for its huge dynamic range, ‘inky’ quiet backdrop and subtle detail that gives music ‘life’ and realism. DSD128 playback (converted to PCM) is also possible.

Quad-core processor
With a quad-core processor at its heart, the SR15 not only delivers powerful audio processing but also a fast, intuitive display and user interface. The 3.3-inch colour screen is a fast, informative and slick as the best smartphones.

USB Audio (digital output)
The SR15 also supports USB audio digital out. You can connect the SR15 through your compatible USB DAC or digital amp for even purer sound quality. The player can transfer DSD in native through DoP (DSD over PCM). It can also convert DSD into PCM for output for portable amps that do not support DoP.

Store it all - 64GB internal memory and now with support for a massive 1TB
With 64GB of internal memory, the SR15 can store about 625 tracks (24 bit/96kHz, 4 minute-long, 90MB) songs on its flash memory. With the addition of a micro SD card, this can now be increased by up to a massive 1TB – enough for a lifetime’s collection of music.

Support for balanced headphones
With its 4-pol, 2.5mm headphone socket, the SR15 is ideal for use with balanced headphones. Using a balanced signal between the source and headphones reduces noise and interference and is especially handy on the move. A standard 3.5mm unbalanced socket is also standard.

Bluetooth, wi-fi and Tidal built-in
With standard Bluetooth you can quickly link the SR15 to Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Built-in Tidal means this Hi-Res player makes the most of one of the highest quality music streaming services available. The SR15 also has built-in wi-fi. As a cable-free alternative, choose wi-fi for streaming from NAS drives or other network connected devices such as your laptop.

For smartphone-busting sound on the move, trade up to the Astell & Kern SR15.
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Yes
USB
1
Wi-Fi Built In
Yes
Audio
Frequency Response (Hz)
10 - 70,000 (max)
High Resolution Audio
Yes
Features
Audio Formats
WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, AAC, APE, ALEC, AIFF, DFF, DSF
DAC
Dual Cirrus Logic CS43198
Flash Memory Capacity
64GB
Memory Card Supported
Up to 1TB via micro SD
Energy Consumption
Battery Life
Up to 10 hours
Weight
Weight (KG)
154g
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like the last one but better Bought this even though I had the AK70 MK2. It's quicker and the UI is miles more intuitive and far less clunky in comparison. Sound is better ever so slightly though not much. The top advantage is to sideload BBC iplayer and Spotify and they work excellently. Well made product though the case by A&K is exorbitantly priced so I have got a cheap version off Amazon
Date published: 2020-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Amazing sound - features and operation average A bit of a mixed bag, the sound, which is the most important feature of the player, is simply fantastic. With decent wired headphones, even non hi-res files sound better than any other portable device I have used. The construction quality and design are also really good and the quirky slanted screen actually works much better than a standard one when holding the player in your hand. However the rest of the player's operating features are not so impressive. The battery life is poor. The specs claim 'up to 10 hours' which is unfortunately wildly optimistic. Under optimum conditions with minimal interaction with the player, I can get 6 or 7 hours at best, but when used in the manner most people will, selecting tracks and checking the screen etc. I am lucky if I get 4 or 5 hours. This has been addressed in the new SR25, at the expense of a slight increase in size. If I hadn't needed a new DAP straight away, I would have probably waited and saved the extra for one of these. The operating system is clunky and not especially intuitive and seems to have a glitch where every now and then it will only play 1 track before giving the message "too many unplayable files so player will stop" - Since every track seems to be playable and turning the player on and off or doing a media scan fixes it temporarily I assume this is a firmware issue, which can hopefully be fixed with future updates, but disappointing nevertheless. The player also gets quite warm in use. Since the player is currently discounted due to being superseded by the new SR25, I can just about accept its limitations, due to the fantastic sound quality, however I would have been disappointed had I purchased it at the original price.
Date published: 2020-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound! Great sound! But very poor software hangs! I hope A&K will improve it soon !!!
Date published: 2020-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good music player. This is good music player for the price (now £399). It tends to heat up but that doesn’t appear to affect the performance. The cases for these are ridiculously expensive so I haven’t bothered. The Tidal APK app has to be loaded in order to download any music and be able to play it offline. This works well. However I did want to subscribe to Qobuz ( an Astell & Kern partner supposedly) but the Qobuz APK simply doesn’t work after a few hours of use. I tried a number of versions of this app and while it works perfectly to begin with eventually it takes ages to open and downloading freezes so it can’t be used in the long term.
Date published: 2020-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great DAP Bought the SR15 as it was such a good price and it ticked all the boxes. Just copied my AIFF files across from my iTunes library and away you go. Also, downloaded the AK Connect app which allows me to plug the SR15 into my hifi amp and then control it remotely from my phone/tablet. Main point is the sound quality which is excellent. The device feels quality in the hand and the volume control wheel is way better than buttons. The only negative is the standard-ish battery life but if you switch off wifi/bluetooth (easily achieved via pull down menu) then you can easily get a full days non-stop usage (if you need that much).
Date published: 2020-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Music never sounded so good but poor o/s Part of lockdown project migrated all my CDs again but Lossless then decided to move up from iPhone+DAC to SR15. Music has never sounded so goood. However migrating music from iTunes is horrendous & operating system on SR 15 is poor (vs itunes/iPhone). Worth the sacrifice if you love music but go into it with your eyes open
Date published: 2020-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy I have been looking (quite some time) for a replacement for a Cowon J3 that broke down While this item was a slightly higher price than I originally wanted to pay, I knew about the brand and was happy with the discount on offer Ordered with the free 7 day delivery option but the item arrived next day anyway The SR15 works perfectly and I am very happy with it
Date published: 2020-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent sound The hi res sound quality (Used with Amazon unlimited) is amazing paired with my amp or headphones, the only disappointment is that it won't connect to my car (Mercedes) with bluetooth, apparently the bluetooth types are incompatible. The battery life isn't brilliant.
Date published: 2020-06-15
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Buy now, pay later available in-store or by phone, on items over £500

We offer 6 and 10-month options.

Call your local store or our telesales team for details

For purchases over £500, you can settle the balance in 6 months, and in 10 months on purchases over £1000 and pay no interest whatsoever. If you settle part of your loan in the deferral period you won’t pay interest on that part. You can still pay off the loan sooner if you make additional payments. If you’d rather spread the cost over 36 months, you can set up a loan repayment plan when the payment-free period comes to an end at 19.9% APR representative. 19.9% interest. A one-off settlement fee of £29 will be applied. Subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history. Ts&Cs apply. Richer Sounds Limited acts as a credit broker and not the lender. Barclays Partner Finance acts as the lender. Click for eligibility criteria or to Find out more.