432 EVO Aeon music server

432 evo aeon music server

The 432 EVO Aeon music server is a slimline one box device providing bit-perfect ripping and storage of your entire CD collection, as well as digital files, including DSD. ALL U.K. 432 EVO servers use fast, silent, mechanically isolated SSD digital storage (an option in other countries). Like most servers, the Aeon sits on your network providing digital music to all of your household streaming devices.

Being fully Roon compatible, it can be utilised in a Roon based system. For those preferring a cheaper option, it can be controlled by a number of Android and IOS apps for Squeezebox servers, such as iPeng, SqueezePad, Orange Squeeze, and Squeezer. One very useful feature though is the ability for the Aeon to be seen and used by general household streaming products via UPnP, while at the same time acting as a Roon Core in a main system connected directly via the superclocked USB output.

All major sound formats are catered for and can be streamed bit-perfect, upsampled, or filtered by any one of ten digital filters, including Archimago's 432Hz tuning filter (see below). An HDMI output is also present in order to plug the 432 EVO into an HDMI equipped DAC, an AV receiver, or an processor, which if suitably equipped can taking advantage of directly accepting DSD encoded files, without the need to convert them to PCM as with many music servers.

The U.K. 432 EVO Aeon comes with not one, but two two dedicated, high quality, low-noise linear power supplies from Sbooster, providing genuinely independent dual power input feeds. These include AC filtering and dual-stage DC regulation and buffering. One supply feeds the server itself, and the other is a dedicated feed for the superclocked USB output board. This approach ensures the Aeon is fed a clean, even power supply where it matters, in order to guarantee the highest quality music reproduction.

As well as hosting all of your digital music for your household streaming products to access at any time, 432 EVO's range of servers not only provide access to thousands of internet radio stations, but also the expansive music libraries of online streaming services from Spotify, QOBUZ, and TIDAL, adding all the flexibility you'd expect from a stand alone music streamer. All this is controllable by numerous available apps for IOS and Android for phones, tablets, or desktop. Why pay for a server AND a streamer when you can have both in one box?

 

All you need is a USB equipped DAC.

Forthcoming reviews will be posted here

HiFi Choice review of the EVO Aeon,

While the 432 EVO Aeon provides all the usual aspects of a music server you'd come to expect, it provides one seemingly unique one in the digital world - the ability to upgrade to either the High End or the Master model, due to being a fully modular design. Now, your cherished digital music collection and the server it resides in can grow with your system.

All major sound formats are catered for with 16, 24, and 32 bit bit depths, as well as well as sampling rates up to 768kHz. DSD is also covered from DSD64 to DSD512. Any of these formats can all streamed bit-perfect, upsampled, or filtered by any one of ten digital filters, including Archimago's 432Hz tuning filter.

 

Many years ago, instruments were tuned to 432Hz (A), but over time, more modern music has generally been tuned to high frequencies, currently around 440Hz, in order to give a louder, sharper, more aggressive sound - not always desired characteristics. Nothing is altered in the storage of your digital music - that's bit-perfect - only on playback is the 432Hz re-tune performed on-the-fly, and can easily be switched in and out via settings accessed by a laptop or PC.

 

This is something you're going to hear more about as the UK reviews for 432 EVO products start coming through, but here's an older review which majors on the 432Hz tuning.

  • 2TB SSD digital storage [4TB and 8TB options]

  • 2x USB 2.0 expansion ports

  • 2x USB 3.0 expansion ports

  • 1x realtime clocked gigabit ethernet

  • 1x HDMI output for DACS and AV products

  • WAV, FLAC, AAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis compatible

  • DSD compatible [up to DSD512 in DSF and DFF]

  • MQA pass-through in Bit Perfect Mode

  • 432Hz Mode

  • user tunable linear phase filter

  • user tunable minimum phase filter

  • Quad-Core processor

  • 8Gb RAM

  • Roon compatible

  • controllable with most 'Squeeze' apps

  • TIDAL, QOBUZ, and Spotify streaming apps

  • internet radio access

  • dual Sbooster linear external power supplies

  • upgradeable to higher models in the range

  • available in black or silver

  • H 69mm x W 435mm x D 325mm

  • 2 year warranty

  • £5800

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