Group Test: Network audio players
The Veridct: 5 stars and awarded Editor's Choice Award
Cocktail Audio X30
Sync all your audio needs with a home network using these cutting-edge machines built to amp up your media
Price: from £879/$N/A
Get it from: www.cocktail-audio.co.uk
Cocktail’s ‘Big Brother’ to its older X10 strikes the balance between price and features of this HIW lineup. This hi-tech piece of kit is both an HD music server and network streamer, with integrated CD-ripping and a power amplifier with 50W per channel – more or less all your music-playing needs contained in a single box. To compete at this price level, the X30 supports high-resolution, 24-bit music files and gapless playback. Its capacity as music server is its standout feature though. It supports hard-disk drives up to 4TB or 500GB of solid-state drive, allowing you to record audio from older media – vinyl or cassette, for example, which means you can archive your music. It costs more than your average streamer but for the quality, ease of use and features, the X30 offers the most value for money in our opinion.