SimpliFi, Weiss Engineering, and Klangwerk

One of the more intriguing products at the NY Show 2013 was the Weiss MAN301 music archive network player ($9,083 or $12,262 w/Internal DAC which is the Weiss DAC202). The utility of any music server/network player lives and dies by the interface. Daniel Weiss was kind enough to give me fairly extensive tour of the iPad Weiss MAN app and to say they've tried to not only think of everything but programmed it into their iPad remote, which is included in the MAN301's price, is an understatement. I could try to describe in detail what the remote app can do but I'd be writing a novella (and my memory isn't that long).

The MAN301 lets you rip your CDs into a number of formats including FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and ALAC, edit metadata (the MAN301 gets its metadata from a number of sources including the Gracenote database), search, browse, sort, create playlists, control the volume level, edit album cover art, stream music from multiple NAS devices, stream from Internet radio sources, setup multiple user accounts, and much more. Inputs include Ethernet, AES/EBU on XLR, Coax S/PDIF, Toslink, and Wordclock input/output on BNC. Outputs include Firewire, USB, AES/EBU on XLR, Coax S/PDIF, and the DAC-version adds RCA and XLR outputs.

The MAN301 was directly connected to a pair of Klangwerk Ella fully active speakers ($7,495.00/each) for a really lovely, simple system. SimpliFi Audio has certainly lived up to its name.

Another interesting piece of kit in the SimpliFi room was the German-made Integrita audiophile music server ($5,500 for 10TB total storage/6TB for music storage) from Certon Systems which is really a DLNA Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. The Integrita offers Ethernet, USB 3.0, and eSata connections, web-based control, SATA-II AV super silent hard drives, and supports up to 24/352.8kHz data in AAC, ALAC, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, WAV, and WMA formats. There are also 1.5TB and 3TB versions.

Integrita is a new audiophile music server from data storage specialists Certon Systems, utilising the highest quality components, Integrita is designed from the ground up to be used in a listening room, its fan-less power supply is filtered against harmonic ripple and its sound deadened 24/7 certified AV hard drives in a RAID Level 5 configuration provide optimised data integrity and security.

Also from SimpliFi is their USB to Ethernet Transceiver ($149 includes up to 150' of Ethernet cable) which takes your USB output from your computer, converts it to Ethernet so you can send your USB-based data over Ethernet's up to 100 meter distance, and then convert it back to USB so you can plug it into your USB DAC. Another nice, simple solution to a common problem.