I’m in love with Astell&Kern’s crooked, beautiful, ridiculously expensive MP3 player
It could be old style, however I discover devoted MP3 gamers great little gadgets. I’ve used tons through the years (the Zune HD continues to be the most effective) and I’m glad to see they dwell on in some style, even when it’s as an objet d’artwork jammed with audiophile knick-knacks and a $700 price ticket: Astell&Kern’s A&norma SR15.

Take a look at that factor! The bottom of the tech world is affected by anonymous-looking lozenges made to enchantment to as many individuals as potential. Then you’ve gotten this factor.

What a design alternative, to tilt the display like that and kind the remainder of the machine from prism-like complementary rectangles! The positioning even has a “design concept” web page, on which it factors out that this isn’t a purely aesthetic alternative:

The slight angle and exact, aware alignment present the empty house and tones that fills the house.
From any angle, or both hand you maintain your machine, it doesn’t hinder the show display and affords the most effective grip.

Isn’t that great? And it’s even type of true! These areas we so rigorously keep away from with our fingers or thumbs are actually grippable.

In the meantime, the tilted display additionally makes room for the knurled quantity knob, whereas concurrently defending it from undesirable touches. And the angle of the display makes for a visible trace for the facility button.

I simply love how dangerous this design is, how eye-catching, how concurrently sensible and impractical. We want rather more of that in tech. This machine has extra character than each iPhone because the 6 — mixed.

Inside is the standard blast of audio jargon: Cirrus Logic Twin DAC, native direct stream digital, 24-bit 192KHz playback, balanced 2.5mm headphone out and a quad-core CPU to assist all of it. Do you want any of that? In all probability not, however just a few individuals may, and not less than you’ll make certain this factor will play just about something you throw at it and sound nice doing so.

I’ve used just a few of A&Okay’s earlier merchandise, and may testify that they’re extraordinarily well-built and really feel nice to make use of, although the screens are a bit low-resolution and the UI might be missing. The three.3-inch display isn’t going to blow anybody away with its 800×480 decision, however it needs to be sharp sufficient, and the UI received a redo between the gadgets I’ve used and the SR15. I’m wanting to see if it’s extra enjoyable to make use of now.

The A&norma SR15 is out there now for anybody with a pocket full of cash to burn.


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