Integrated into the A&norma range of Astell&Kern, created by the prestigious South Korean firm To put the renowned musicality of its reference models within the reach of a greater number of fans, the new A&norma SR35 is based on the notable advances incorporated in the celebrated A&norma SR25 MKII for improve its already spectacular features and take the quality/price ratio in mobile “Hi-Res” to new levels of excellence. Thus, for the first time in the series to which it belongs, the A&norma SR35 includes the D/A converter CS43198 from Cirrus Logic, highly regarded among audio purists for the extraordinary precision and spatiality it brings to music, in quad configuration (Quad DAC).
Additionally, it has implemented a new audio circuit design with the support of exclusive Astell&Kern technologies that, in conjunction with the aforementioned D/A conversion scheme and the sophisticated (and patented) concept TERATON ALPHA of the South Korean brand, has made possible outstanding progress in parameters such as dynamics, the feeling of spaciousness, the resolution and crosstalk. To all that has been said we must add the latest version of Astell&Kern’s innovative amplification circuitry, until now only used in the company’s most elite models and which allows obtaining impressive records (130 dB!) in the signal/noise ratio using balanced connection, while at the same time its high delivery capacity current and its two gain modes ensure compatibility even with high-impedance headphones.
The A&norma SR35 also offers the user the possibility of switching between modes Dual DAC and Quad DAC in order to adjust and improve the efficiency of energy consumption management, also increasing battery life, the latter being a fundamental characteristic of the A&norma series. With regards to the “Hi-Res” compatibilitythis refined portable digital player supports native playback of DSD files up to DSD256, PCM up to 32-bit/384 kHz and MQA, plus the Roon Ready approval. Finally, let us point out the excellent construction quality and the avant-garde design of the new Astell&Kern, which is completed with ultra-compact dimensions, extreme lightness (it only weighs 184 grams), an improved user interface, compatibility with high-resolution audio wirelessly thanks to the BT Sink and an autonomy of 20 hours of uninterrupted listening (16-bit/44.1 kHz FLAC files).