Audiolab is extending its line of entry-level 6000 Series hi-fi components with the 6000N Play, a network audio player that adds extensive wireless streaming facilities to any high-quality audio system.
The 6000N Play features DTS Play-Fi wireless audio, providing Wi-Fi streaming that is simple to set up and use. Users can stream from any source on their wireless network, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs, as well as NAS drives and music servers using the dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi. It also connects wirelessly with other Play-Fi-equipped devices, enabling a fully synchronized multi-room set-up.
The 6000N Play provides access to Internet music services like Spotify, Tidal, HDtracks, Deezer, Qobuz, Amazon Music, Napster, Tuneln, iHeartRadio, and SiriusXM, to name a few. You can choose to browse a radio guide listing thousands of stations and podcasts, or stream from a home media server with DLNA compatibility. The 6000N Play is hi-res audio-enabled, capable of receiving data up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution over Wi-Fi without transcoding or down-sampling.
The 6000N Play incorporates a high-quality DAC that uses the same ES9018 Sabre32 Reference chip found in the Audiolab 6000A integrated ampliﬁer. ESS Technology's 32-bit HyperStream architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, coupled to Audiolab's own circuitry, delivers ultra-low noise and high dynamic range. The circuit design also draws inspiration from Audiolab's 6000CDT CD transport, incorporating the same isolated power supply with a high-eﬃciency toroidal transformer for optimum signal purity.
The inclusion of a DAC stage ensures the 6000N Play can be used with any audio system - simply connect the RCA analogue outputs to a regular ampliﬁer, or a pair of active speakers. Alternatively, take a digital feed (optical or coaxial) direct to an external DAC, or an amp with digital inputs such as Audiolab's 6000A. The 6000A is an ideal partner for the 6000N Play; when these two components are paired digitally, an optical or coaxial cable is used to convey the audio signal while a supplied USB control cable enables control of the 6000N Play via the 6000A's remote handset.
The 6000N Play is conﬁgured and operated via the Play-Fi app, available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire phones and tablets, as well as Apple and Android smartwatches and Windows PCs. It can also stream directly from Spotify via Spotify Connect, and is DLNA and UPnP compliant. There are minimal controls on the component itself - just the standby button and a set of six preset'buttons. These presets operate exactly like those on a FM tuner; select an Internet radio station or a playlist from a compatible streaming service and store it as a preset for speedy access - no app required.
This operational simplicity, coupled to Play-Fi's versatility, is key to the 6000N Play's appeal, says Audiolab.
The Audiolab 6000N Play is available now in black or silver finish through Erikson Consumer, and carries a retail price of $750.