Olive Releases 4HD Hi-Fi Music Server 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Thursday, 19 November 2009

The Olive 4HD Hi-Fi Music Server is a product that’s as impressive as it is niche.  It was created for one purpose – to play high definition digital music – and it pulls out all the stops.  The 4HD features two terabytes of space for storage of digital music in a variety of formats.  It’s capable, as one would expect from a high end music server, of playing back media files in AAC, MP3 (at 128 and 320 kbit/s), WAV and FLAC.

Music can be played from a networked device when the Olive 4HD is hooked into a home network, either through the Ethernet port or wirelessly via the built in wireless N adapter.  Media can also be played directly from an external drive that can be attached by USB. The 4HD also features a CD-R/RW drive which can not only burn discs, but import discs in lossless formats to ensure the best possible music playback.  This is the only place where the 4HD seems lacking, as it’d be nice to import DVD-Audio discs.  

The 4HD uses high resolution DAC, which may be used as an outboard DAC for any digital music source, features Texas Instruments’ 192khz/24-bit Burr-Brown PCM1792A.  Sound can be sent to your receiver through 24k gold plated RCA jacks or digitally though optical or coaxial outputs.  The Olive 4HD can be controlled by the built-in 4.3” touch screen, or through a remote which relies on a connected TV as the video display.  iPhone and iPod Touch users can also pick up a free app to control the player.

The Olive 4HD Hi-Fi Music Server is available directly from Olive for $1,999.  Initially, they are also offering to digitize 100 CDs free of cost for buyers, though CDs over the first 100 will cost extra.

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