The most versatile audiophile-grade computer server/streamers . . .
A bewildering number of proprietary digital transports has emerged onto the market in the last five years. Some, like the Squeezebox, were cheap and cheerful. Others are staggeringly expensive, but what do they all actually do? This simple comparison chart explains . . .
As you'l notice, some do many useful things, but the only one that does everything is the humble mult-purpose 'desktop' computer.
Although proprietary Linn, Naim and Aurender 'servers' lock you into a closed system and are typically costly, they have one major advantage over the common PC: they are built from the ground-up to be electrically clean and use audio-grade components throughout. By c ontrast, the average computer is a major source of high-frequency noise that makes it very poorly suited to attachment to an audio system.
Our pre-built T-Series transports and P-Series Players combine the limitless versatility of a regular computer with much of the know-how that goes into high-end proprietary transports. Unlike almost any other transport, they are optimised specifically for use with USB DACs and feature linear power supplies and galvanic isolation options, even on the entry-level T1 at £425.
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Making PCs Make Music
The CD player is history: for ambience, iPods rock;
for audiophiles, computers rule.
We're evangelical about the potential of the ubiquitous Windows, Mac or even Linux box as a worthy source for high-end systems. We're also on a mission to make being chained to a Mac as musically rewarding as possible.
We audition hundreds of products a year, sifting synergistic components from snake-oil, and only sell products we believe to be the best at the price.
We believe that digital done right is a world apart from the harsh, jittery, unnatural sound that a generation of MP3-fatigued music lovers have grown up with.
We're convinced that on a budget there's nothing to touch Tripath amplification: super efficient, eco-friendly, and hi-fi in the best sense.
We know that even USB and power cables matter, but we promise never to flog you something more expensive than you need and encourage all manner of informed DIY experimentation.
Whether you're looking for music while you work, music for pleasure; wired or wireless – whatever your poison, or length of your purse-strings, we'll have something to make your PC sing.
Joel Partch | Item Audio
Item Audio is a trading
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(registered in England & Wales with company number 05163122).
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