Astell & Kern Updates A&Norma SR25
Astell&Kern unveils its second-gen A&norma SR25, ultra-portable hi-res audio player.
Astell&Kern's A&norma SR25 MKII is the second iteration of the award-winning entry-level digital audio player (DAP). We are told that the company has consciously kept the admired aspects of the original while improving audio performance.
Firstly, the A&norma SR25 MKII benefits from a 4.4mm headphone jack which promises to deliver enhanced dynamic range, bass response, wider soundstage, clearer imaging and more detail in the audio source. This, of course, joins the 2.5mm (balanced) and 3.5mm (unbalanced) outputs, resulting in a greater choice for headphones and IEMs.
Astell&Kern players apply shield cans to eliminate electromagnetic interference caused when internal components are in operation. The SR25MKII boasts highly conductive, hyper-pure silver plating on the existing shield cans for extra defence against these sound performance-effecting disturbances, as first used in the upper-tier A&ultima SP2000T.
The SR25 MKII supports native playback of DSD256 and 32-bit/384KHz PCM high-resolution audio and offers LDAC and aptX HD high-definition Bluetooth wireless codecs.
The SR25 MKII also adds Replay Gain functionality to the mix. This automatically and uniformly adjusts volume playback from sound sources up to 24-bit/192 kHz, so playlists can be enjoyed throughout without reaching for the volume.
Also appearing on the A&norma SR25 MKII is AK File Drop that enables easier file transfers, making it possible for you to wirelessly transfer files from a PC, smartphone, or FTP program located on the same network.
Finally, there has been a refresh of the SR25's design that sees a new, more defined pattern on the side volume wheel, and the original's Moon Silver finish has given way to Mercury Dark Silver.
Also available is a case made from LASKINA polyurethane leather-like fabric from Italy. We're told that this memory material offers protection against external shocks and scratches while providing excellent grip.
The Astell&Kern A&norma SR25 MKII is priced US$699 and will be available starting November 2021, as will the Astell&Kern A&norma SR25 MKII case in Denim Blue, Orange or Black, priced at US$60.
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