THE Show Newport 2013 • Hot Product

Baetis Audio rejects digital signal processing of any kind, its XR media server ($5995) decoding all files -- including HDCD -- as they are, at resolutions up to 64 bits and 192kHz. The XR is, in fact, a Windows-based computer optimized for audio -- and video -- featuring integrated circuitry and streaming via on-chip S/PDIF with no conversion to USB -- although it also includes multiple USB inputs and outputs. It addresses noise by using only solid-state memory and a proprietary fanless cooling system, and with the XR you can play directly from a thumb drive. It is, in short, a purist's media server.

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