serving up the music without busting your wallet: Olive O3HD Music Server

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Olive O3HD Music Server | US$999 | www.olivehifi.com

when Olive O4HD was introduced last year, it was a range topping music server that was beyond the reach of many. now Olive introduces the O3HD, basically its an entry level music server for audiophiles who don’t have such a deep pocket to dig in. folks who are less technically incline will be glad to know that O3HD is a ‘plug and play’ music server. no complicated configurations. if you know how to hook up a standard CD player, you will know how to hook up this machine.

operations of the O3HD is via a 4.3-inch wide-aspect ratio touchscreen which we should be all-so familiar, thanks to Apple. the O3HD features a 500GB hard drive which should be good for 1,500 CDs or 5,000 HD Tracks. the hard drive incorporates a 4-layer noise-canceling padding and the whole system is fan-less, thus giving a virtually noiseless operation.

input department comes in a form of TEAC CDRW which imports and plays music CDs and also burn music, MP3 and data CDs. the O3HD features 24-bit/192Khz High Resolution Cirrus Logic Digital-to-Analog-Converter (DAC) that handles up-sampling so audiophiles can experience higher quality music than the original CDs.

with the O3HD, there is only one audio out – which is the RCA connector. there is no video out or any digital audio outputs. however, it has a USB 1.1/2.0 port and gigabit Ethernet connectivity. connecting to the Internet via the gigabit Ethernet port, allows you to access a myriad of Internet Radio stations carefully compiled by Olive. the O3HD also support simultaneous streaming to multiple rooms. supported audio formats include WAV, FLAC, MP3 and AAC.

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design and concept wise, the Olive O3HD is definitely up on the chart of cool-factor but browsing through the thousands of music via a tiny touchscreen can be rather tedious. just think about searching for an artist without keyboards.

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Olive O3HD - 4.3-inch touchscreen and the slot-in TEAC CDRW drive
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Olive O3HD - power switch, power connector, RCA connector, USB port and Gigabit Ethernet port
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Olive O3HD - view from the top. those wordings are a nice touch but might not appeal to all.

Published by Mike chua

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