Astell & Kern put a charmingly crooked screen on its latest music player

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For far too long, we’ve been shackled to the normalcy of having gadgets with rectangular displays fitting linearly inside rectangular boxes. Now, in the age of the notch, screens are being reconsidered in all sorts of ways, and my favorite reinterpretation of this year has to be the one on Astell & Kern’s new A&norma SR15. This $699 portable media player forms the beginning of A&K’s new A&norma “standard” line of devices, which trickle down stuff from the company’s even more expensive offerings. You get a dual Cirrus Logic CS43198 DAC, a quad-core processor, native DSD and PCM playback up to 24-bit/192kHz, Bluetooth 4.1 with AptX HD, a solid aluminum alloy body, and a 3.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) TFT LCD.

Oh yes, the screen is very likely…

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