Arcam today announced a new music system in its high-end audio visual range: the Solo neo. In addition to an internal CD player and radio tuner, the Arcam Solo neo boasts network audio capabilities which allow it to play stored music in a variety of formats.
The on-board network music player can deliver music stored on local network devices such as personal computers or NAS drives. This allows access to the thousands of Internet Radio stations available when its local network is connected to the Internet. (A DAB+/ FM tuner is also included on the device.)
Arcam Solo neo -- front view
In addition, an included USB port and duplex RS232 connector allows music playback via USB flash drives or Apple iPods (there is also a slot for an optional irDock).
The Solo neo is equipped with internal 50wpc amplifiers which but are capable of driving plus-sized speakers in larger rooms. The solo neo replaces the current solo music system and will be available from second quarter 2010. Stay tuned for a full review.
Arcam Solo neo -- rear view view
The Arcam Solo neo will be available from mid May, with an RRP of $2498.
Here are the Arcam Solo neo specifications in full:
• CD text, CD-R and CDRW transport
• Low jitter Colpitts crystal clock
• 24-bit Wolfson DAC
Network audio player • Wired 10/100 Ethernet socket • Wireless reciever with included antenna (802.11b/g, WEP/WPA enabled) • USB socket for local hard drives / memory sticks • Plays WAV, MP3, AAC, WMA and FLAC
Power amplifiers • 50W RMS into 8ohms continuous power output • Passive fanless cooling system • Full size speaker binding posts • Twin toroidal transformers with oversized power amp supply • Independent torroid for microprocessor and standby • Nine independently regulated power supplies
Preamplifier • Five line level inputs plus record output • Preamplifier output for external power amps • Optical digital output from CD / DAB for digital recording • Front panel mini jack input for iPod style MP3 players or games consoles • Front panel headphones mini jack • iPod interface with control via irDock • Second room output with independent volume control • Separate infrared jack input for control of second room • Full bass and treble controls • Adjustable speaker bass equalisation for easy placement of ARCAM Muso speakers
Custom Installation • Rear panel RS232 input for control of all functions and software update • Infrared input jacks for main and second area control • Infrared output jack to control other sources • 12v trigger out to turn on external amplifiers • Discrete IR codes for toggled commands (standby, mute, etc.)
General • Audiophile grade sound quality • Matching Muso speakers available • All metal casework with aluminium lid • Full dot matrix display with easy-to-read text • Simple set up and operation • Full remote control from supplied remote • High sensitivity integrated DAB/FM or FM/AM tuner • Size: 430x80x350mm
Arcam Solo neo -- ariel