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.
Bowers and Wilkins has made a major update to its Zeppelin iPod speaker dock by incorporating Apple's AirPlay® software and upgrading the onboard digital signal processor. The result is huge and highly musical sound from a relatively small box. Hello, "boom box" of the 21st century.
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.
The Rotel RSP-1570/RMB-1575 Surround Sound Processor/Five Channel Amplifier are a match made in heaven that offer flexible setup, superb performance with movie soundtracks, and enriching music playback that rivals more expensive preamps. The RSP-1570 lacks automatic setup/room correction, Dolby Volume and network connectivity which are features found in similar products at its price point. However the good outweighs the bad and enthusiasts who are searching for high quality sound, user friendly setup, and sturdy construction wrapped in an understated but elegant package that exudes class should head to the nearest Rotel dealer for an audition.