Cocktail Audio's New and latest X50pro Audiophile Music Streamer/server...Any Love?
So, I have been searching for the holy grail of music
streamers from some time now. I have had several oppo blu-rays being used as
streamers, their Senica, the Mytek Manhattan II, Metrum Acoustics Ambre, and the Lyngdorf TDAI-3400. All
sounded pretty good for their respected price range, the Ambre sounded best.
But, I was never totally happy with the features, etc of all these. Then I came
across the newly released Cocktail Audio X50Pro, their new flagship audiophile
streamer. It’s so new that there aren’t any reviews out there. It was the 1st
streamer to check all my boxes of what I wanted in a streamer (except for one).
This has every digital output including
three, yes three I2S outputs, 2 bays for hard drives, 7” screen and an HDMI
output to also see on your big screen, CD ripper built in, works with Tidel,
Roon, and just about every music streaming service, can be controlled with
phone apps, even has digital inputs to rip your vinyl to the internal drives if
installed. It uses dual 82 femto seconds Crystek CCHD-575 Ultra-low Phase
Oscillators, completely encased in aluminum power supply, It has WIFI and Ethernet,
build quality is great, and has great looks to boot. So, I guess my question is
there anyone out there have any experience with this music streamer? I received
mine about a week ago and so far, so good. The sound quality is excellent, but
wonder how it would compare to the Auralic Aries G2, or the Aurender N10 that I
have not yet tried? I would love to hear feedback from any other users out
there. Oh, and as I mentioned, there is only one thing this did not check off
my want list, I would have liked to see a HDMI input for SACD use and support.