On July 28th, Olive Media Products introduced the Symphony Wireless digital music center. A piece of audiophile bliss, this sleek (and still BLACK!) HiFi goes for the low price of $899! Olive is a developer of cool audio systems.
Olive Symphony is based on the growing popularity of centrally stored, managed and wirelessly distributed digital music throughout a home. But this is no ordinary networking company trying to build an audio streaming device. These guys are serious HiFi experts growing to match the times.
Olive claims their high fidelity sound is achieved through their Digital Pure Audio (DPA) process. The proprietary technology combines a 32-bit IBM PowerPC for flawless processing of audio in lossless quality. Digital outputs for your amp, ensure the best quality sound from this device. It's fanless design also keeps it running silently.
Users can record CDs, vinyl and tape onto the noiseless 2.5" 80GB hard-drive, which holds up to 20,000 songs. The integrated CD database identifies, tags and archives the CD automatically.
Listening to your library away from your receiver/amp isn't impossible, either. Users can enjoy music away from Symphony by streaming the wireless (802.11g) audio simultaneously to as many as 5 rooms. You can update your iPod via USB or use the built-in CD-RW drive to burn and duplicate CDs. The Symphony's networking capability also allows music to be streamed to a Mac or PC.
Two additional features set Symphony apart: The bundled Playlist Mac OSX software allows users to accurately manage classical music, and the Preload service offers a free upload of the user's music onto the Symphony.
"The quality limitations of lossy audio formats and problematic integration of convergence technology have made most digital solutions unacceptable for music aficionados.
", said Oliver Bergmann, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and President of Olive Media Products, Inc. "Olive enters the market from the perspective of a true audiophile, eliminating the PC experience entirely.
That's all well and good, Oliver, but unless you're going to let me try one of these out in my house for free, I'm thinking even my highly trained musical ear isn't going to pick up the sonic differences between your product and my Roku Soundbridge, or my DLink DSM-320. Of course, I can't do all of the other fancy stuff like ripping CDs directly, but I also would prefer not to have to re-do my entire iTunes library onto this device.
Hey, here's a thought: How about we come up with ONE library format for ALL music and stop competing with each other? XML anyone?
via: [Automated Home