Digital Music Systems
Denon has come out of the digital music network server gate with a bang. The DNP-720AE is a well conceived multifunctional unit that plays just about all digital sources wired or wirelessly, discs excluded. Besides sporting Napster, Rhapsody and Pandora services, the AIrPlay function opens up iTunes libraries, a USB port accesses music storage devices or iPods. There’s even a built-in AM/FM tuner for analog fans. i-device owners can also take advantage of the Denon Remote App.
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.
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.
Logitech introduces the Squeezebox Touch, a compact digital music server, that improves on its popular predecessors. Besides flawless performance and ease of use, it delivers reference-level sound from high-resolution audio files, access to computer-stored music files, internet radio and popular music services like Pandora, Rhapsody and Sirius