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The New... Audiolab 7000N is a network player and streamer that uses the DTS Play Fi wireless audio platform and is designed to deliver great sound quality from a variety of streamed music sources. Released at the same time as the 7000A amplifier and 7000CDT CD transport.
The Audiolab 7000N features the latest Play Fi module as well as an upgraded DAC. The 7000N is easy to set up and use and can stream from any device. For example, smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs, as well as NAS drives and music servers. Moreover, there is a dual band, dual antenna link, for a strong Wi-Fi signal anywhere in the house. Play Fi support gives you access to a plethora of services and devices.
Excellent Built-in DAC
And the Audiolab 7000N has a built-in DAC which enables it to be used with any amplifier or active speakers. For this It has a regular RCA output. However, you can also connect an external DAC via optical or coaxial cable. Therefore the 7000N is a good match for the 7000A which also has a built-in DAC.
There are three ways to stream once you are connected to your home network, via a broadband router or Ethernet cable. The first is via the Play Fi app.This gives access to a range of services such as, Tidal, Spotify, Amazon Music, Qobuz and Deezer, plus thousands of internet radio stations. Next is Spotify connect which will connect the Spotify app rather than Play Fi. Finally, you can connect Apple devices via Airplay 2.
What is Play Fi?
DTS Play Fi is an audio platform that can be installed on a streamer or device. It is then controlled by an app. It has a wide range of support amongst audio manufacturers. As a result it can be installed on most devices, including iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices, Windows PCs and Apple and Android smartwatches). Another feature is hi-res music compatibility at up to 24 bit/192kHz .Play Fi also integrates well with online services such as Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz. Finally, the platform allows you to curate and play your music collection, via a NAS drive or media server on the same network
File Support and Two Listening Modes
Play-Fi can handle most file types such as MP3, MP4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF. It also has two listening modes depending on whether you are using multiroom streaming or not. The highest quality mode is known as “Critical Listening” and maintains the highest possible quality. However, to save bandwidth when using multiroom, you can switch to a mode that is CD quality. You can stream to up to 32 devices with the Play Fi app.
New Power Supply
As with the other components in the 7000 series the 7000N has a new toroidal transformer. This is a low noise high efficiency unit that helps to deliver high signal purity.There are also upgraded smoothing capacitors. The analogue section has separate power feeds.
The Audiolab 7000N has a new colour display, which is unusual on a network player of this price. Notably, this is a large 2.8” unit that shows a large amount of information. Such as the current streaming service as well as track details and format/sampling rate. You can also change the balance and output settings.
Additionally, there are a range of digital filters that can be used to tailor the music to the source material. A fun feature is the VU meter, this can be set to either analogue or digital. It shows real time left and right channel levels. You can also turn the animations on or off.
General Description: Wireless Audio Streaming Player
Isolated Power Supply
2.8" (480 x 640mm) Full View IPS LCD
DTS Play-Fi Technology
Streaming Service Support includes Amazon Music, Spotify, TIDAL, KKBox, SiriusXM, Napster, Internet Radio, Deezer, iHeartRadio, PANDORA, Qobuz, QQ Music and more
Apple Airplay 2 compatible
Multi-room / Multi Speaker Group Support
Android / iOS / Kindle Fire/ Windows PC Control Support
Automatic Equipment Activation Via 12V Trigger And Link
Wired Internet Connection For High Bandwidth Applications
USB Firmware Upgrade Input
ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M Reference DAC
Digital Output Intensity: 500 +/ 50mVpp
Output Impedance: 75 ohms
Frequency Response: -0.01dB (20Hz-20kHz, ref.1kHz)
Max. Sampling Frequency: 192kHz / 24-bit
Digital Outputs: 1 x Coaxial, 1 x Optical, 1 x RCA Line Output
D to A Converter
Variable Output Voltage: 0 – 2.1V
Frequency Response: +/-0.5dB (20Hz-20kHz, ref.1kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) : <0.0005% (1kHz @2.1Vrms)
Max. Sampling Frequency: 192kHz / 24-bit
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (S/N) : >115dB (A-weighted)
Output Impedance: 100 ohms
Standby Power Consumption: <0.5W
Dimensions (mm) (W x D x H) : 444 x 340 x 78
Carton Size (mm) (W x D x H) : 500 x 455 x 140
Net Weight: 5.0kg
Gross Weight: 6.1kg
Finish: Black / Silver
Power Requirements: 220-240V ~ 50/60Hz, 100-120V ~50/60Hz
Safety Regulation Conformity: 20-600 ohms