Astell & Kern SR15 (Dark Grey) Portable High Resolution Audio Player

Astell & Kern SR15 (Dark Grey)

Portable High Resolution Audio Player

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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.

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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.
Brand Astell & Kern
Colour Dark Grey
DAC Dual Cirrus Logic CS43198
Flash Memory Capacity 64GB
Memory Card Supported Up to 1TB via micro SD
Wireless LAN Yes
Output Balanced and Unbalanced
USB 1
Weight (KG) 154g
Bluetooth Yes
High Resolution Audio Yes
Freq Response (Hz) 10 - 70,000 (max)
Wi-Fi Built In yes
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 57.5 x 16.1 x 99.7
Battery Life Up to 10 hours
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive sound. Easy to use. Having had a succession of budget DAPs over the years I finally put my hand in my pocket and bouught a quality product. No regrets. The SR15 delivers tone and pitch in a way that both assures and satisfies. My tastes include classical so I needed something that would impress at both quiet passages and crashingly dynamic ones. Plus it's easy to use, unlike my previous piece of kit.
Date published: 2020-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing where it counts - the sound The sound quality is great and importantly it is powerful enough to drive headphones that need a lot of power like my AKG Q701s. I like the design but I find navigating the menus quite fiddly but that’s mostly because it’s small. Proper hifi in a very small package would recommend .
Date published: 2020-05-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great sound, shocking wifi and bluetooth connectiv I've only had this a weak and I'm regretting it. The sound is amazing especially after a decent burn in. Unfortunately this positive is far outweighed by the poor connectivity and terrible battery life.
Date published: 2020-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for On-the-Go music For on the go listening, size and weight just perfect. Sound quality excellent
Date published: 2020-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product at this Price. The Astell & Kern SR15 is now superceded by the SR25, hence the price reductions. If the majority of what you listen to is FLAC files from CDs (16bit / 44.1Khz) then I doubt you will notice any difference as both use the same Cirrus Logic dual DACs. You will need a reasonably decent pair of headphones to appreciate this player, I predominatately use Sennheiser HD599, not too expensive. Compared to MP3 and AAC files, FLAC is much better and this player extracts the best from most file formats. The SR25 will play 32bit files without down sampling to 24bit, but really this a portable. The SR25 does have longer battery life and is a little bigger.
Date published: 2020-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sounding kit Bought this recently to replace an older player from another manufacturer. I thought that one was good until I heard this. Paired it with a pair of Sennheiser hd600's with a modified balance cable using the 2.5mm balanced output. I can thoroughly recommend this modification. You can get the leads online. More power to the phones so less volume needed and they do sound better. The Sennheiser's often described "veil" on the treble is opened up. I personally don't think it was there anyway but the treble does sound more enhanced. I love everything about the player, the quirky look, the feel in the hand, the sound and interface. Make sure you update firmware from their site. There's an option in the menus if you are online. Minus point. Battery life. I expected longer per charge but after doing some research it seems most newer players are pretty much the same. Well worth the cost.
Date published: 2020-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great service as normal Just bought an Astell & Kern SR15 and it was delivered the following morning. Fantastic quality when un-boxing and the sound is so much better than my previous iPod touch. Just have to get all my music transferred and enjoy the sound. Playing through my Bowers and Wilkins PX headphones, which were very easy to connect via Bluetooth, while I look to upgrade to some even better quality headphones in the near future. The instructions downloaded from the Astell & Kern website are a must as the player only comes with quick start instructions. The full instructions are very clear, and the player connects to the wifi straight away and performs the latest firmware update. The player has Tidal and Spotify preloaded but I have not connected to either as yet. So far the experience has been great and I look forward to many years of happy listening.
Date published: 2020-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sound. Great piece of equipment. Sounds good through wired headphones and Hi-Fi system as well. When it was played through Chord Qutest and Cyrus system via USB the sound was excellent. The blue tooth was not quite as good in quality of sound and the volume had to be set much higher, practically full (on the unit itself), to hear it on the wireless headphones. Instructions were vague.
Date published: 2020-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstandingly awesome Ordered the SR15 after much soul searching and lots of research; delivery was relatively fast given the constraints everyone are under. On opening the small box there was an even smaller machine & accessories, so...... When it had all been set up I listened to the pre recorded tracks and the little machine had suddenly become enormous, via the 2.5 balanced output plus FiiO iems. All the slightest nuances of the recordings were presented like I was sat in the studio. The bass was astonishing, the midrange smooth but also attack and the treble really demonstrated how many cymbals Taylor Hawkins has attached to his kit, each separately identifiable. I’m now listening to Tidal and all my schooldays are all now in HiRes so even Black Sabbath are more awesome. I fully recommend that this player should be high up on anyone’s to buy list. Go and audition one and you’ll see why.
Date published: 2020-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful personal player The Astell & Kern SR15 is a quality piece of kit. The software is easy to use once you have learned where the functions are. There is a comprehensive User Guide on the A&K website but no mention on the Quick Start guide. However, this unit is for playing music which it does extremely well. I am using Bose QC35 headphones and I am discovering detail that I had not heard before. Music is just clearer. Listening to Dusty Springfield's "Dusty in Memphis" and Meatloaf's "Bat Out of " made these qualities very apparent. Overall, a great piece of kit.
Date published: 2020-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't believe how good this is!! I have had the SR15 for a week weeks now and have them paired to B&W PX7 headphones, also bought from Richer Sounds. I thought there might be a slight difference between listening via bluetooth from a MacBook to the SR15 but I was wrong, it is so much better. I listen to my favourite songs and I hear new vocals. You can also have so much clarity that you can hear the different singers doing the chorus together, it is amazing! Build quality is also fantastic. You also get 2 sets of screen protectors which is a nice touch but may get that done again by a professional. So overall one of my best purchases ever and not sure how the more expensive A&K players can be any better.
Date published: 2020-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A-STELL-A QUALITY --REALLY SUPERB SOUND THIS HAS REJUVENATED MY CD COLLECTION --I AM DOWNLOADING CDs I HAD FORGOTTEN I HAD AND CAN READILY ACCESS THEM AND SHUFFLE THEM AND THE SOUND IS SUPERB. PORTABLE TOO --IF ONLY I COULD GO OUT !
Date published: 2020-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The sound is excellent I was looking for a hi res player and this had all the features wanted. The look is different with the tilted screen. However, I have found the SR15 really easy to use, the screen is bright and a good size. The bluetooth is also, so far, reliable. The sound is excellent, both through headphones and bluetooth to my hi fi.
Date published: 2020-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant player! Wow, how much do I love this piece of kit! I am in the middle of ripping my collection as FLAC, and it pays off with the SR15. I am also using Deezer (which came preinstalled), and I side loaded Qobuz for my hi res needs. In terms of cans, I have mostly used the Beyerdynamic Amiron Home with it, and it's heavenly! I've also used my headset over Bluetooth (Jabra Evolve 75), and it made a distinct improvement. This device is not cheap, but for me it was a worthy investment.
Date published: 2020-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High quality in every respect. So very happy with the product. I like quality and this product certainly delivers. The price I paid with the voucher was a bargain.
Date published: 2020-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible sound I’m a convert I bought this three weeks and I have to say I am stunned by the quality. It looks a little too small to contain that sound but it does.
Date published: 2020-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Bought the sr15 a few weeks back and have obtained a new cover to protect it. The sound quality is superb and the up load easy. What's taking time us converting my iTunes library into a down load format. Desk stop running 24hrs for last 3 days! Teach me to have so much music. Love the way you can also download the apple music app with the sr15 open policy. So overall opinion. If you want a dedicated mp3 player this is for you unless of course you can afford it's big brother!
Date published: 2020-02-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Indaequate support and faulty transfers for M4A - I have a large lossless M4A format library on iTunes which played on my Fiio. I was assured the library could be transferred easily via Android File Transfer. In practice, at worst, 18 / 20 tracks on an album could be missed. You can only discover what was missed tell by looking at each individual album on the SR15 and checking against the source. Astell & Kern offers no phone support. The screen savers supplied don't fit. + The SR15 sound is great. Richer Sounds staff had unadequate knowledge of this £500+ player
Date published: 2020-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great online music service features I replaced the kann for this version purely because I can install Amazon music to this hi res player. The sound quality is absolutely amazing. The battery life depends on usage but would need recharging daily. Can be used a PC or laptop dac. Purchased in sale for under £500 pounds
Date published: 2019-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First class portable Having upgraded from the AK jr I’m very impressed with sound quality and a superior interface. Depth and clarity of sound is amazing both with IEMs and full size headphones
Date published: 2019-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great combination of price, features, superb sound I bought this largely based upon positive reviews and some confidence in the brand that all A&K products seem to be highly rated. Physically seems smaller than I was expecting, but that is no bad thing for popping in the shirt pocket. Very pleased with this.
Date published: 2019-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great sound and feel. Capable of hi res music i have a Ipod Classic which plays 320 MP3 - good sound but the Astell & Kerns is an improvement on the same format. Can plug into my speakers for room filling clear sound. I will buy some Hi res music to further improve the sound
Date published: 2019-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Richersounds asked what I thought? As all the posters can confirm, the service from Richersounds is top class & I will always buy my ‘gear’ from them. I say this with confidence as looking at my receipts, I’ve spent £5k in 18 months. I love my SR15 with a passion. The item is perfect. The sound is punchy, clean & precise. Beautifully designed. Thanks Richersounds :)
Date published: 2019-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound and functionality I bought the SR15 over 2 weeks ago and have listened to it every day since. Fantastic sound (as you’d expect) with simple set up and user interface. Well worth the dosh!
Date published: 2019-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent audio quality for your pocket. I got the SR15 as a much needed upgrade to an old iPod. Pros: - Excellent audio quality - Quick interface and easy to use - Tidal integration (when you side load the correct APK) - Good storage (I've got a 400GB card in) Cons: - Design won't please everyone & makes it hard to find a suitable protective case - Runs hot. Probably best not to use it in enclosed spaces (pockets, etc) for too long - Battery life could be better, but it is running a lot of software/hardware in a small package
Date published: 2019-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Undecided What I have heard so far is superb quality. Unfortunately at this stage (1 week) I would have to say that the instructions and the Astell & Kern web site are poor. Firstly it does not help that I am not very up on technical matters. However I bought the device so I could have my music collection in one place to play to the car (Bluetooth), through my music system, and through headphones. I can not get the device to pair on Bluetooth with my car and the instructions simply tell me to refer to the instructions for the device I am pairing with. Similarly the instructions assume you know the Astell & Kern device already rather than explaining the processes simply. As I say the quality of sound so far is superb and so I will persevere for a while
Date published: 2019-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from much more than i expected went to Richer Sounds to see if my out of warrantee AK70 could be repaired. alas it could not but they recommended a solution..... The Chord Mojo.....not only am I listening to music on the go again but now it is of amazing quality.....went in depressed came out delighted.
Date published: 2019-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hi Fi in your pocket I travel for work occasionally and really miss having access to high quality music. An iPhone certainly provides a distraction but the A&K SR15 is real hi-fi in your pocket. Paired with a good pair of headphones, the SR15 provides confident sound across the range for classical and all other music. I use Shure SE425s on planes and B&W P5s when I'm not moving around or in a quieter environment. People happily spend 1000 pounds on a phone with gadgets and apps they never need, with avearge sound. Compared to that the SR15 is a bargain.
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Got me listening to music on the move again! Having reached the memory capacity on my iphone and my ipod being a bit long in tooth I decided to bite the bullet and invest in this. Certainly not cheap but excellent sound quality (now linked up to Qobuz Hi-Res) and, overall, a very good piece of kit. Excellent build quality and looks great. No case is supplied which is disappointing given the quality and price but I have invested in the Miter leather case which is very smart (but again not cheap). The SR15 has now got me back to listening to music while on the move. Also using at home as a DAC connected by USB to my laptop which is an added bonus. As another reviewer notes, the touch screen is a little fiddly and I find it can be a bit slow and awkward to move around the menus but I have tried it with both Tidal and Qobuz and it synchronises fine using the inbuilt wi-fi and offline downloads. Decent size memory that is easily expanded by slot in micro SD card. Very pleased.
Date published: 2019-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic thing I have owned the SR 15 for a few months now and am a delighted purchaser. Previously I used a sony cD Walkman as I can not accept MP3 quality but I decided I should move on .I planned to only use the Astell + Kern for flights and long train trips but it is so good and I enjoy it so much I now use it every time I leave the house. I normally twin it with a set of AKG noise cancelling headphones that I use wired. The sR15 can rise to the challenge of my Sennheiser 600s and display much more ambient information but this is lost anyway on a train or a plane. The excellent Richer Sounds Newcastle team demonstrated the ease that this unit will link up via Bluetooth to a free standing system. As I am using it so often I decided to buy the Miter case which although expensive fits perfectly and stops me worrying about any accidents.Easy to use ,a delight to look at I fully recommend it.
Date published: 2019-03-14
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