The Olive 4 HD isn’t too different from the Olive Opus N4 we saw back in July, but has a few nice additions and a steeper price: The 2TB version now comes in at $US2000. Youch.
Olive’s music players are the kind of crazy high-end AV hardware that peasants like you and I shouldn’t even be reading about, let alone contemplating. The 4 HD rips CDs to its huge 2TB hard drive, in addition to streaming from a PC to be played through crazy high-end speakers. It’s got a nice 4.3-inch touchscreen, and it’s pretty nice-looking. So what’s new? Well, the ports are all gold-plated, and the 4 HD adds a DAC the Opus N4 didn’t have:
* Proprietary, high resolution DAC featuring Texas Instrument’s 192khz/24-bit Burr-Brown PCM1792A.
* DAC may be used as an outboard DAC for any digital music source. With 24-bit/192kHz oversampling, noise and distortion are ultra low resulting in incredible purity in both high frequencies and low-level detail.
Basically it’s a super simplified music player (just music, mind you, no other media) for incredibly rich old people for whom the CD is something they’ve just gotten comfortable with in the last six months or so. It’s pretty, we’ll give it that. It’s available now for $US2000. [Olive]