British company Pinnacle Audio presented its an ultra-high-fidelity, hard-drive-based music server – Athenaeum. It may store about 9,000 CDs with lossless compression. So, you’ll enjoy a rich, rounded sound.
The main unit uses embedded Linux and features four hot-swappable hard drive bays, with modules available from 160GB to 750GB. The Athenaeum has web based user interface which developed with AJAX. So, it’s possible to control the server from any PC with modern web browser. The system comes with Nokia770 as control panel (resently I already blogged about two projects which also use Nokia770 as remote control: moodSeer and Linux Media Center). However, the Athenaeum can be integrated with proprietary whole-house audio control systems from Crestron or AMX (the additional software modules are needed for that). Moreover, direct serial port commands allow an easy integration into any control system.
Additional touted features include:
Ability to import existing digital music collections, gleaning meta-data from ID3 tags and filenames
- Compatible with iPods and other portable music players
- Automatic CD ripping when CDs are inserted
- 24-bit, 96kHz DAC
- 22Hz-22kHz,-0.4,-0.4dB claimed frequency response
- 104dB (A-weighted) (D/A)100.4dB (A-weighted) (A/D) claimed dynamic range
- 0.002 percent claimed THD (total harmonic distortion)
- Control system (Crestron, AMX) library modules provided
- Serial port and API allow control system integration
- 430 x 450 x 135mm
It seems that the Pinnacle Audio Athenaeum music server is available not there are not any words about its price.