The Cantata CDP and Media Player – Probably the best looking media server we’ve seen yet. Â The electronics on the inside are mounted to that amazingly etched roof toÂ dissipate heat. Â The white LEDs are clear enough to see across the room with out being blinding. Â You can have on in your own home for $6k. Â Resolution Audio also does a neat trick with ethernet to USB converter, there forÂ separatingÂ the galvanic grounding of your media server and computer.Â Â To find out more visit: www.resolutionaudio.com
PS – if you don’t want one yourself but are kindly enough, you can always have one sent my way.
The Sonneteer Morpheus Music Centre (British you know – and hey – didn’t the Matrix ruin this word for you already? I can’t say Morpheus with picturingÂ LowranceÂ Fishburne myself) – We loved the look of this as well. Â Very simple and clean design. Â Didn’t much care for the stand it was presented on but thankfully you can just place it atop a desk or dresser. Â It is a 100W digital amplifier along with network streaming, WIFI, ethernet, will playback USB memory sticks and works with iPod/iPhone. Â It pretty much has all the modernÂ gizmo’sÂ you’d want. Â Â ApparentlyÂ there is an iPhone controlling app that might not be that easy to use. Â The partnering rep from Pen Audio had trouble with getting it to do what he wants. Â But, heck, there is so much going on at a show – he really probably just picked it up and started to use it the day we walked in. Find out more @ www.sonneteer.co.uk
Backside of the Morpheus
Next to the Morpheus is it’s partnering media storage unit. Â And off the side are the Pen Audio speakers from Finland. Very nice sounding speakers. Â The whole system actually sounded very nice. Â Find out more about Pen @ www.penaudio.fi
Color options for the remotes. Â I believe you can get the media storage in a matching color. Â Nice colors actually. Â Good job guys.
Dynaudio was showing with a German company called T+A. Â In the middle here is the Caruso, a compact multi-source complete ‘hi-fi’ system. Â The Caruso has built in speakers and sub, each running at 50W. Â But it also has pre-outs and sub-out if you’d like to integrate it with a larger system. Â It has all the componentÂ gizmo’sÂ you would expect from a modern media server. Â Hooks up to iPod/iPhone/Ethernet/USB. Â It also has video out and SClink. Â It is actually a pretty much all in one unit one would need for a bedroom or small apartment. Â Pretty smart. Â But I don’t know how it sounds. Â The room was focused on other systems when I was in there. Find out more @ www.TAelektroakustik.com
Close up shot of the Caruso – sorry it is a bit blurry.
In the middle there is E-Series which has, if you want more power and better sound than the Caruso, and integrated amplifier on the bottom and you can either choose a CDP or Media Server to go on top. Â At 140W at 8Ohms the integrated amplifier canÂ definitelyÂ rock your room. Â The media server connects too all your gear. Â iPod/iPhone, computer, streams music, and FM radio. Â Nice looking components that areÂ definitelyÂ worth a listen if you are looking for a media server. Â This one can also be controlled via your browser on your computer.
The Onkyo ABX-N300 – product not released yet – but basically a media server with iPod doc.