Media Servers

Olive 03HD Music Server

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Introduction

Of all the gear that I reviewed last year, my favorite component by far was the Squeezebox Touch. Having instant access to all of my music, and high resolution downloads, was just a fantastic thing that led me to listen to far more, and varied, music that before. However, the one thing I always said about the Touch is that while I loved it, I wasn't going to buy one for my Dad since I'd have to install a PC server component, or hook up an external hard drive that I'd have to keep ripping his music to for him. For him, a simple, all-in-one solution would be what I would want.

Thankfully, Olive has just the component to do that. While they have been making music servers for many years now, their 03HD is their first full-featured server to come in under $1,000 with support for 24/192 high-resolution media. Would this be a solution that is much easier to use?

Specifications

  • Design: Music Server (Music Servers have Storage Devices Built-in, while Music Streamers do not)
  • DAC: Cirrus Logic CS4351
  • Networking: 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • File Format Support: MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC
  • Sample Rates Up to 24 bit, 192 kHz
  • Inputs: CD drive for Importing Music on Discs, Ethernet for Copying to Internal Drive or Playing from Another Music Server
  • Outputs: Analog Stereo RCA, USB for External HD Backup
  • Storage: 500 GB Hard Drive
  • Dimensions: 2.6" H x 17.4" W x 12.3" D
  • Weight: 10.7 Pounds
  • MSRP $999 USA
  • Olive