Bryston offers superior sound that audiophiles will love in a tiny package with the awkwardly branded BDP-π.
The high resolution-capable AK120 will be a game-changer for listeners who like their music on the go, but still want the best sound
The Audyssey Audio Dock Air generates big sound from a tiny box that is both generous in bass and mid-range detail. A dream device for placement in small rooms and an easy to use, fun source for recreational listening.
Marantz delivers a great performing digital network player with a top-notch DAC. In keeping with the company tradition, it features great sound, easy set-up, and outstanding versatility
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.
The Olive 03HD media server offers versatile performance features, ease of set up and use, and reliability. It would be an excellent choice for first-time buyers entering the world of digital music storage and streaming.