Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Olive Opus sports lossless audio playback, 400GB hard disk ( stores about 500 CDs in lossless format), wireless and wired connectivity for streaming, and can transfer tunes to an iPod of yours. Besides, it features Burr-Brown 24-bit/192Khz dual for each channel DACs and is claimed to upsample all of the music to 352.8 kHz to produce true losseless audio with no noise. Everything, except the last statement is impressive. The last statement is not really clear: if I have a some low quality samples - will your upsampling make me hear more. The answer is no. I'll leave it to your judgemenet to decide what it means to upsample to 352.8. Opus features a CD burner and can play back following formats: MP3 AIFF, PCM, WAV, OGG/Vorbis, FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), AAC (MPEG4). All this goodness is priced at $3000 and Olive will put a lots of public domain classical music on it and even will rip your CD's for you.