There are a few — a precious few — audio companies investing in their aesthetic as part of their appeal. Given how much high-end audio components cost, as a rule, I have zero issues with those bits of jewelry actually looking the part. Which is (one reason, at least) why Resolution Audio is fun — their kit is sooooo nice looking ….
It’s been a mission of mine to find some of this gear in the wild and finally — finally — show why I think it’s just so delightfully bling. CES was, happily, a box-checker. I love it when I can get my OCD to let something go. Yes, I’m exaggerating. I never let anything go.
Honestly, I can’t find a lot more online and the handouts at the show were a little thin on detail. What I did learn is that the Cantata Music Center is now a 2.0 product. Priced at $6,495, the Music Center is actually a DAC, not a server (in case you were wondering), but it does support some upgraded features with the new revision:
- UPnP gapless FLAC playback up to 24/192kHz
- USB up to 192kHz/24-bit using asynchronous mode
The unit also still supports:
- Ethernet for network playback
- Digital S/PDIF inputs (AES/EBU, RCA, Toslink)
- XLR and RCA outputs, fixed or variable
- Cantata app allows for remote control via iPad/iPhone/iPod
- Slot-loading compact disc drive
The Cantata C50 Amplifier also gets a 2.0 revision. This $4,495 integrated amp is good for 50wpc, and v2.0 includes an improved PSU and “upgraded four-terminal T-network capacitors achieving even more impressive performance, more resolution and detail while maintaining musicality and flow.”
Owners of v1 gear can upgrade their older units for a modest fee.