Cheap is a relative term. To Bill Gates, a few million bucks might be pretty cheap.To me, that is probably a life time of work. You need to consider the nature of cheap when I tell you that Olive has a new and “cheap” media server. When you consider that most of the Olive gear is several thousand dollars, when the new 03HD media server launched at $999 (USD), it looks cheap by comparison.
For that much loot, you get a media server that looks a lot like the other Olive offerings with silver or black finish and a 4.3-inch touchscreen for navigation your tunes. The device has a CDR drive inside that lets you rip CDs right to the server and you can burn music to disc as well.
The 03HD has a Cirrus Logic DAC with 192khz/24-bit clarity. The device has a 500GB HDD with noise isolation for quite operation. It also features a wired Gigabit Ethernet port and support for WAV, FLAC, and MP3 formats as well as AAC. That 500GB is enough space for 1500 CDs or 5000 HD tracks to be stored.
If you’re looking for high-end audio quality for your digital media server, you definitely should give the Olive a look.