Olive Media strikes again with its top-of-the-line, no compromise music server, the Olive 06HD. Featuring dual mono DACs and a headphone output with its own DAC, this versatile piece can provide digital storage of 6000 standard CDs and 20000 high resolution files, play back CDs, burn CDs, and stream internet radio. Build and performance values are exceptional.
Denon has introduced an unusual piece, the S-5BD, which combines a top-notch Blu-ray player with a high performing A/V Receiver. This “ray-ceiver” acquitted itself well in both viewing and listening tests. A smart solution to home theater systems limited in space and for those desiring simple set up and operation.
Bryston’s BDP-1 is the first digital music player that dedicated solely to reading of digital music files stored on USB drives and routing them to an outboard digital analog converter. The BDP-1 will handle the highest resolution files with sample rates up to 192 kHz/24-bit. With increasing numbers of digital music downloads on the way, the BDP-1 becomes the digital disc player of the future minus the discs.
The BD590 Blu-ray player from LG bristles with thoughtfully designed, user friendly features, and offers high quality Blu-ray playback and a 250 gigabyte HDD for use as a media library. It lacks 3D support and multi-channel analog outputs but gives up precious little ground otherwise and is worth a look.