It may be old-fashioned, but I find that dedicated MP3 players are wonderful little devices. I've used tons over the years (the Zune HD is still the best) and I'm glad to see that they live in a certain way even though it's Is an art object stuffed with audiophile trinkets – gives a price tag of $ 700: A & norma SR15 Astell & Kern .
Look at this thing! The ground of the world of technology is littered with anonymous pellets made to attract as many people as possible. So you have this thing.
What design choice, tilt the screen like that and train the rest of the device from complementary prism-like rectangles! The site even has a page "concept design" on which it emphasizes that this is not a purely aesthetic choice:
The slight angle and accurate and attentive alignment show the empty space and the tones that fill the space.
From any angle or from every hand you hold your device, it does not interfere with the screen and offers the best grip.
Is not it wonderful? And it's even a little real! The areas we carefully avoid with fingers or thumbs are now prehensile.
Meanwhile, the slanted screen also makes room for the knurled volume knob, while protecting it from unwanted contacts. And the angle of the screen gives a visual indication for the power button.
I love how this design is risky, just how catchy, both practical and impractical. We need a lot more of that in technology. This device has more personality than any iPhone since the 6 handset.
Inside is the usual explosion of audio jargon: Cirrus Logic Dual DAC, direct native digital stream, 192KHz 24-bit playback, 2.5mm balanced headphone output, and a quad-core processor to support all that. Do you need that? Probably not, but some people could do it and at least you'll be sure that this thing will play pretty much anything you do there and sound good.
I've used some of the previous A & K products and I can testify that they're extremely well built and enjoyable to use, even if the screens are a bit low-resolution and that the user interface may be missing. The 3.3-inch screen is not going to blow anyone up with its resolution of 800 × 480, but it should be pretty neat, and the UI has had a redo between the devices that I'm using. I used and the SR15. I'm looking forward to seeing if it's more fun to use now.
The A & norma SR15 is now available for anyone with a pocket full of money to engrave.