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Yea, I run the Ambre with Onyx via I2S and I think it's very good. I only had the internal DAC of ROTEL 1572 and Bluesound Node 2i to compare though. I was originally going to try Aries G2, but I spoke with Anjo on Facebook and he sold me on his product.
I currently run that setup with a newly picked up Mcintosh MA6600...Amazing sound
Glad to hear you like your new rig. I almost ordered one of these. What put me off was the lack of reviews and overall information available about the Cocktail Audio brand. I called two dealers who sell their stuff online, and was surprised how little the sales people could tell me about their products. One of the dealers was Audio Advisor. I have had very good experiences with them in the past, so I was surprised how little he knew about a product line that is prominently promoted in their catalog and website. The online community seems to know very little about their products as well.
In the end I bought a Innuous Zenith Mk III. Despite the fact that the Innuous brand is not reviewed in the audio magazines, they have a fabulous reputation in the online community. Many people on this forum spoke very highly of this server. This meant a lot to me, so I pulled the trigger. The Zenith is a great server and I'm very happy. Yet, I am still intrigued by the Cocktail Audio product line. Please continue to post your impressions of your new server. Thanks
After reading a lot of reviews and comparing numerous options, finally I selected Cocktail Audio X50Pro, despite the fact I couldn’t find too many reviews. That’s why I decided to reply to this thread so those who are looking for a high end audio streamer and server could find some feedback. It was hard to find a dealer too! I am in the US, there are many audio stores in my area but none of them carries this machine. Nevertheless, I just received the unit and installed it in my movie room. I had a chance to listen to Qobuz and Tidal streaming as well as some CDs ripped to the unit’s internal HD (I separately bought 2 SSD and installed them as RAID Mirror - the installation and configuration were very easy). The sound is absolutely fantastic, even with movie room equipment - Anthem AVR and B&W speakers - which is not bad for a movie room but not exactly the best option for HiFi audio. So the main test is going to be with McIntosh integrated DAC/amp which is supposed to arrive next week, but I have no doubt the sound will be perfect.