StreamUnlimited's Audio Streaming Client
During the course of my recent spate of streamer reviews, I came across Vienna, Austria-based StreamUnlimited. If you check out their website, you'll see some familiar faces on both their product page as well as their "Network" page which includes "customers and partners". Among those listed we find Pioneer, T+A, Musical Fidelity, Naim, Simaudio, Wadia, Bang & Olufsen, Sony, Denon, Pro-Ject, Creek, and more. I know what some of you are thinking—Ah Ha!
Well, I kind of agree in that its always interesting to understand in a very general way where some pieces of technology are sourced from. Like output transformers and Asynchronous USB technology to name just two. But I also think its important to avoid overstating the importance of parts-sourcing. In other words, I believe you can hand a bunch of designers the same DAC chips and parts, lock them in a room and they'll come out with an equal number of different sounding DACs. It's all in the mix and the skill and intentions of the mixologist(s). Or if you prefer, engineering and voicing.
Here's a video from StreamUnlimited showing off their Stream700 High End Audio Streaming Client:
You can download the Stream700 High End Audio Streaming Client feature list here.
Finally, for now, there are a number of things I don't know as well as a number of things not many people know. One example is how many other companies are out there offering OEM products similar to StreamUnlimited? Another unanswered question is for those companies listed on the StreamUnlimited website, we don't know who uses what, what modifications they make if any, and what other technology they incorporate in their streaming solution in addition to what's provided by StreamUnlimited.
That said, from a certain perspective it's amusing to imagine the scenario where one company can implement a firmware upgrade and a hefty chunk of audiophiles with streaming products from various manufacturers simultaneously enjoy the exact same upgraded benefits. Like being part of club without realizing you're a member or owning a Windows-based PC.