Yee-haw: The All-In-One Roundup!

"Comparison is the death of joy"—Mark Twain

"The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning."—Anonymous Cowboy

I recently reviewed a half dozen all-in-one devices that come in in roughly the same ballpark price-wise. While they're all all-in-one, they don't all offer the same thing, feature-wise. So let's begin with a picture that should help explain things (and save me a lot of jawin').

As with any proper Roundup, git along, little dogies, I'm going to break things down by categories and list the winners. Unlike some, I'm not going to beat up the non-winners.

Caveat: of course these choices are limited to the 6 devices I reviewed and there are more where these came from but alas there's only so much barn-time in a day

Latest & Greatest Tech

To my mind, the winner of the Latest & Greatest Tech goes to the Cary AiOS because it includes Roon, MQA, Bluetooth, and it can handle up to 24/384 and DSD256 via Ethernet. If you look at that graphic, you'll see that so far, the Cary is the only (all-in-) one to check all of those boxes.

But we all know there's more to a healthy & happy hi-fi life than the latest and greatest tech, so let's get onto more important considerations.

Sound Quality | Overall Winner

The SimAudio Nēo Ace comes out on top when it comes to reproducing music. Coupled with my preference for its feature set, which includes an MM phono input, it is also my overall winner. Simaudio is also working with Roon so a certified Roon-Ready Ace would be even more aces with me.

Next in line in terms of pure sound quality consideration is the Technics SU-G30, followed by the Hegel Röst.

Budget Choice

My budget choice is a tie between the Cary AiOS and Peachtree nova300. I prefer the sound of the nova300 but there's that functions thing to consider. The nova300 does not include an Ethernet/network input so you either have go USB from a computer or add a network device like any of the Raspberry Pi-based players, a Sonore microRendu (review), a SOtM sMS-200 (review) or. . .any one of the other offerings on the market that tickle your fancy.

"It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep"

If you're left wanting more details about how these players sound and how they work, I recommend reading the full reviews.

In reverse chronological review date order:

Technics SU-G30
Cary Audio AiOS
Moon by Simaudio Nēo Ace
Hegel Music Systems Röst
Lumin M1
Peachtree Audio nova300 Amplifier

nrcyclist's picture

I am deciding how to replace my NAD C 316BEE integrated. I am an Aurlic fan. I am really hoping to see you add a column to your compare file to include the Aurlic Polaris. I'm looking forward to your guidance of my Christmas present ;-)

torturegarden's picture

Bought the nova300 partially based on your original review and couldn't be happier. I've had it for three months and am impressed. I use it mostly for vinyl and files, but do have a CD player and cassette deck hooked up as well. It does everything I need and more. Good headphone output as well. Saves a bit of space as it replaced 4 components - preamp, amp, dac, phono stage.

John G's picture

That table is jam-packed with useful info. Thanks for presenting it that way.