For many of us, Olive’s ultra high-end audio products fall into “if you to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it” territory. Their latest, the $5,000 Olive O6HD Music Server, is no exception. While it would be easy to dismiss such a high-ticket item as egregious overkill, many of Olive’s earlier products have knocked our socks off. Based on the specs, this new product just might do the same.
The 06HD server features two of Texas Instruments' top-shelf Burr Brown PCM1792 digital-to-analog converters, one for the left channel and one for the right. A third PCM1792, coupled with TI’s TPA6120A2 amplifier, is used to drive headphones. The PCM1792 delivers 24-bit resolution, a 192kHz sampling rate, and a signal-to-noise ratio of 124dB. There’s also a 2TB AV-class hard drive inside, wrapped in eight layers of noise absorbing padding, and a slot-feed CDRW drive.
On the outside of the O6HD’s all-aluminum enclosure, you’ll find a 10.1-inch glass, color touch-screen display that delivers resolution of 800x480 pixels. The back panels boasts balanced analog audio outputs using XLR connectors, along with conventional stereo RCA outputs. If you have an even better outboard DAC, the device provides AES/EBU, coaxial, and optical TOSlink digital outputs, too. Lastly, there’s an HDMI output for displaying the user interface and album art on your TV.
Being a server, the 06HD is networkable via either hard-wired Ethernet or 802.11n (with connections for two Wi-Fi antennas to boost its range). Click here for our hands-on review of Olive's model 4HD server, and here for additional details about the new O6HD server.