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CocktailAudio - N25 - USB DAC & Network Player

$2,299.00

Thank you for visiting The Audio Tailor.

We’re Stuart, Gabby, Nathan and Vaughan. It’s a pleasure to have you here!

The first question we get from customers usually starts with, “What’s the difference between...”

When you’re shopping for new speakers, a turntable, or even thinking of putting together that home theatre of your teenage dreams - you’ll likely be faced with stacks of comparisons.

Why would I buy the Bluesound Pulse 2i when the Flex 2i is half the price?

Is cocktailAudio the best?

Should I wait for a sale? Or get this now? What will I be missing out on when the new model comes out next year?

Endless questions. Lots of FOMO. Loads of hmm-ing and ha-ing.

And there SHOULD be.

Because you don’t go to a Hi-Fi store and drop $2000, $3000, or $15000 on something you're not 100%, positively, secure-in-your heart sure of.

It’s a lot of hard-earned money on the line.

Imagine doing hours of your own research. Reading up the suppliers’ websites, taking notes from Hi Fi blogs, categorizing the differing opinions as you trawl r/audiophile. You know what you’re getting. You’ve narrowed the online stores down to the final five. You’ve checked and re-checked that you’re getting the best deal. You’re sure you’re not getting ripped off by shipping.

You hit the “Checkout” button. Momentary relief!

That is...

Until your speakers haven’t arrived by the estimated delivery date and you have yet to hear a peep about its progress.

Until your new turntable arrives with a crack in the dust cover.

Until your long-awaited amp set-up fails to deliver the kind of sound you had in mind. Now you’re not even sure if you got the right one anymore, or how to troubleshoot it.

What could possibly be worse?

What about: No after-sales service. No phone number to call. And no one responding to your tickets.

Not to mention the hundreds of man hours you’ve already lost on reading layman opinions from the likes of Graham H. from Melbourne and Sarah D. from Perth; dutifully scrolling through pages and pages of reviews. Torturing yourself by looking for all the ones with less than 3 stars... when you could have been sitting back and diving into a whole new world of immersive sound and deliciously satisfying body vibrations.

Would it make sense to go to audio specialists that know brands, specs, and installation like the back of their hands?

Should you spend less time on weighing up pros and cons and more time enjoying good music?

Want to get the absolute best home theatre for your budget and surroundings without the weight of 100++ brand offerings bogging you down?

We like to think so!

And that’s why we’re here. Two things to know about us:

Thing 1: We were voted Australia’s 2021 Hi Fi Retailer of the Year (Yay! And THANK YOU!)

Thing 2: This is purely because we are sound specialists and audioheads - NOT salesmen.

We got into this business because we genuinely love audio and because we realized there was a lot of faceless dropshipping in the HiFi industry - and not enough expertise out there. People who keep coming back to us do so because they’re getting attention to detail and individualized solutions that they can’t find elsewhere.

Our clients don’t need to worry about budget, brand name, or size.

All they need to worry about, is talking to us.

Because, when you come to us, you’re in for a conversation.

We want to know the picture in your head.

That final portrait of you back from the flea market with Pearl Jam’s Ten, eager to place it gently upon a turntable you haven’t quite decided on yet.

A summer barbeque in your garden with the boys. Having a yarn around a beer-filled cooler while appreciating the crisp, clear, quality of sound streaming through the open doors of your listening space.

The kids having mates over - quiet for once - immersed in a good movie, lights out, in the comfort of the home theatre that is your pride and joy. “I wish we had one of these at our place!”

Once we know precisely what your ultimate scenario looks like, we’ll want to know what you’re working with.

What kind of budget have you set aside?

What’s the existing set-up look like?

How big is the listening room you have in mind?

How much ambient light is coming in?

Are you running drywall or wood panelling? Carpet or hardwood?

What about room resonance and reflection?

No idea what we’re going on about? No worries. We intend to talk you through all that. Our aim is that you get the absolute best sound system for your home, at a price point you’re happy with, and an aesthetic you can’t help but want to show off.

To get to this end goal, an unhealthy interest in all things audio simply isn’t enough. That’s why we spend countless hours behind the scenes sourcing products from only the most reliable brands and trustworthy suppliers - regardless of their branding and marketing.

We don’t rely on them to tell us what’s good about their equipment. We’ve developed our own proactive testing process to judge what’s what. So you get hands-on knowledge every single time. Coupled with our tight networks and stable supply chain meticulously refined over the years, we strive to ensure that the experience you get at The Audio Tailor is personal, seamless, and painless.

Personal, because it’s uniquely you in musicality, design, and taste. Your options are hand picked by us from amongst some of the world’s biggest, best, and most dependable brands.

Seamless, because we’re only small. You get one of us. Not one of dozens of salesmen milling about the place, working for commission and pushing the most expensive products.

Painless, because we don’t recommend anything until we’re clear about your needs. We follow up with you to make sure everything’s arrived in one piece. For us, the transaction isn’t over until your equipment is safely installed and fully satisfying.

TL;DR

Some of the big things we feel are missing in the HiFi world are:

  • The need for expertise before, during, and after the sale
  • A vast wealth of comparative knowledge, and
  • A commitment to end-to-end service.

At The Audio Tailor, we hope we’ve made it clear that service doesn’t shut off when a problem pops up. It’s an opportunity to tighten the ship we run, bolster our 5-star reputation, and most importantly - make someone’s day.

Hi! We see you’ve actually made it to the end of this page. Love it!

We’d like to end this by giving a shout out to all the enthusiasts and audiophiles we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. It has been a privilege to share our desire, passion, and journey for the purest sound and finest entertainment solutions for your homes and businesses.

Thank you to all our customers - past, present, and future - for helping us chase after something above the ordinary.

To make your audio dreams come true - call, email, or hop on down to our Brisbane store.

We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Product Description

The N25 is the World’s most advanced Network Audio Player, featuring a Sabre32 Reference DAC chip and high-performance Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 processor, running at 1.0Ghz. It has been designed to meet all the requirements of digital music playback, keeping pace with today’s digital world. The N25 is based on long proven cocktailAudio technologies, such as the hardware circuit design and versatile custom-designed software, developed by an in-house R&D team, to achieve the best audio performance and ease of use across all its functions.

It offers high-quality playback from local USB storage, home network sources like NAS, major online streaming services, internet radio, DAB+/FM radio, aptX HD Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, Airplay for iOS devices and much more. Optionally, the N25 provides Bluetooth transmission, allowing playback of music from the N25 via Bluetooth headphones or speakers. It also supports playback covering a huge variety of audio formats including, DSD, MQA, DXD, HD FLAC, HD WAV, CAF, ALAC, AIFF and more.

Additionally, for use as a complete and convenient music system throughout the home, the N25 provides not only a Multiroom Function(Group Play), carefully developed by the cocktailAudio team over several years, but also a HDMI ARC input to connect with TVs.

Finally, when paired with optional extras, you can expand its functionality as a music server, aptX Bluetooth transmitter, and more.

  • HDD optional not fitted - inquire for more information

Hardware Specifications

  • Equipped with a high-performance dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1.0Ghz
  • ESS ES9018K2M Sabre32 Reference DAC chip for D-A conversion
  • USB Audio Class 2.0 output for connection to external USB DACs
  • Isolated power supply circuit design, separate for digital and analogue sections, to remove electrical noise
  • 4.6” TFT LCD screen (800 x 320 pixels) for intuitive GUI
  • DAB+/FM tuner built-in
  • HDMI ARC input built-in
  • HDMI output for connecting external screens, such as a TV as the GUI screen, or for audio signal output
  • Bluetooth receiver built-in, with support for SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX LL, aptX HD
  • USB Audio Class 2.0 input
  • High quality analogue output terminals
  • Digital output (1 x Coaxial, 1 x Toslink)
  • Digital input (1 x Coaxial, 1 x Toslink)
  • USB 3.0 high speed host port x2, on the rear panel
  • USB 2.0 host port x1, on the front panel
  • Giga Fast Ethernet(10/100/1000Mbps) built-in
  • Five (5) custom keys on the front panel for DAB+ or FM radio presets
  • Precisely CNC-machined aluminum front panel and robust rigid steel chassis

 

Versatile functionalities and usage

  • Support for major music streaming services - Amazon Music, HighResAudio, TIDAL, TIDAL MQA, Deezer, Qobuz, Spotify Connect, Napster and Internet Radio(Airable)
  • MultiRoom function (Group Play)
  • Spotify Connect and Apple Airplay
  • Support for various file formats including MQA, DSD(64/128/256), DXD(24Bit/352.8Khz), PCM signal up to 32Bit/384Khz including 24Bit/192Khz WAV/FLAC and a full range hi-res audio file formats.
  • High connectivity
  • Versatile network functions such as UPnP Server/Client/Renderer, Samba Server/Client(Network File Server/Client) are supported
  • Support as a certified 'Roon Ready' end point
  • Multiple control methods with customised remote control App (NOVATRON MusicX NEO for iOS and Android), remote control and well-organized functional keys on the front

 

Optional Functions

  • Bluetooth transmission function, with optional Bluetooth transmitter module
  • Music server with music database, with storage is connected

 

High performance system, with custom-designed software

Based on a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor, running at 1.0Ghz, selected components and proven cocktailAudio software, the N25 meets all the requirements for modern digital music playback, with exceptional audio performance and versatile features.

Superior sound quality through expert circuit design and carefully selected components

The N25 is built with premium components, such as the audiophile ES9018K2M DAC chips, as well as featuring enhanced hardware circuit design technologies, such as a clean power supply path through the use of separate digital and analogue parts, as a simplification of the signal circuit path. This results in the delivery of clear and transparent sound.

Audiophile D-A converter Sabre32 Reference DAC

As the N25 is built based on the Sabre³² reference DAC, ES9018K2M, it can be used as an audiophile D/A Converter, with a wide dynamic range and low distortion when connected to compact disc players or any other digital audio source.

High connectivity for various external devices

The N25 has high connectivity by offering digital inputs (Coaxial/Toslink), HDMI ARC in, 3x USB host ports, digital outputs (Coaxial/Toslink), analogue output, USB audio input/output, HDMI output, GigaFast Ethernet LAN, etc.

DAB+ and FM radio tuners

The N25 offers high quality digital radio via a DAB+ Tuner and also FM radio. Any song or broadcast can be recorded with high quality sound to external USB storage or NAS drives connected to the N25.

USB Audio Class 2.0 input

Equipped with a USB Audio Class 2.0 input, the N25 can work as a USB digital to analogue converter (DAC).

USB Audio Class 2.0 output

An external USB DAC can also be connected, whilst using the N25 for its versatile streaming and music serving functions.

2x high speed USB 3.0 host ports and 1x USB 2.0 Host port

For quick data transfer via connected devices, such as external USB storage, the N25 offers 2x high speed USB 3.0 host ports at the rear and 1x USB 2.0 host port on the front panel.

High quality analogue out terminals

A high quality, well-shielded, analogue out terminal guarantees lossless signal transmission.

4.6 inch wide TFT LCD for intuitive GUI

Through a high-resolution 4.6“ wide TFT LCD on the front panel, the N25 can be conveniently operated using cocktailAudio's intuitive GUI.

HDMI ARC Input

The N25 offers HDMI ARC(Audio Return Channel) input so that your TV can be hooked up to enjoy wonderful sound via the speakers connected to the N25.

HDMI out for external screens or audio out

Connect external TV screens for a bigger GUI or a slideshow of photos while listening to your music collection. Alternatively, connection can be made to an AV receiver for audio out.

Five front panel preset soft keys

The front panel features five preset soft keys for DAB+/FM radio or internet radio stations

Multi-room (Group Play) function

CocktailAudio's in-house software team have developed a multi-room(Group Play) function so even hi-res music, including DSD, MQA, 192Khz/24Bit HD FLAC, WAV can play seamlessly in any room of the home wirelessly. Play the same song in every room or play the same song with two devices as Left/Right channel in perfect sync.

Built-in aptX HD Bluetooth receiver

Stream songs to and from other compatible devices in the same network

Roon Ready

As the N25 is 'Roon Ready' and is certified as an end point, you can control the N25 with Roon, one of the best ways to access digital music playback.

Apple Airplay and Spotify Connect

Play songs from iOS devices and music from Spotify via the N25.

Support for MQA

The N25 supports MQA file format as it complies with MQA requirements.

Remote control with customized remote App - MusicX NEO

Control the N25 wirelessly with the customised remote-control app, MusicX NEO, which is developed carefully by an in-house R&D team for complete yet simple and intuitive control.

Major music streaming services integrated

Stream music from tens of thousands of internet radio stations, Spotify Connect, Amazon Music, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster, Qobuz, HighResAudio, etc.

Support for a wide range of file formats

The N25 supports most existing music file formats, such as MQA, DSD(64/128/256), DXD(24Bit/352.8Khz), PCM, 24Bit/192Khz WAV/FLAC, AAC, CAF, ALAC, AIFF, AIF, MP3, APE/CUE, Ogg, M3U, PLS, etc.

Versatile networking & app control with MusicX NEO

Connect the N25 to your network for streaming music to and from other devices such as NAS drives, shared folders on PCs and control it all remotely via MusicX NEO. The N25 also supports various network protocols including UPnP Server/Client/Renderer, Samba Server/Client , etc.

Rugged and durable full-size casing

The N25 front panel is formed of 10mm thick aluminium, manufactured by precise CNC cutting, then attached to a rugged metal chassis. This solid and stable construction aids high quality playback by reducing unwanted resonance.

aptX HD Bluetooth transmitter

Send music streamed or served via the N25 to Bluetooth headphones or Bluetooth speakers. The optional N25 Bluetooth transmitter module supports various Audio Codec like SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX LL, aptX HD. * Bluetooth transmitter module required

Create the Music database from the scanned metadata of the music files in the connected USB storage

Connect the external USB storage to the N25 to store large amounts of music files. The N25 will scan all music files stored in the USB storage, and will build the Music database from the scanned metadata only without transferring the music files themselves.

Clever and convenient fuctions with Music Database

The N25 has an intuitive and powerful Music Database built-in, which offers simple and convenient functions to manage music collections, such as SEARCH, list views by text or cover art, SORT, and various view types (album, artist, etc..).

Edit music tag info

Change or enter information about each album, track or recording for easy browsing. Use a USB keyboard to edit song tag information easily.

Optional WiFi USB dongle for wireless networking

For wireless networking an optional USB WiFi dongle can be purchased.

Create the Music database from the scanned metadata of the music files stored in the NAS drives

Add the shared folders to the N25 by the NET share on the Browser. The N25 will scan all music files stored in the shared folders of the NAS drives, and will build the Music database from the scanned metadata only without transferring the music files themselves.

Specifications

  • Host CPU & Memory: CPU - Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 running at 1.0GHz; Main Memory: DDR-1066 1GByte; NAND Flash 8GByte
  • Display: 4.6" TFT LCD(800 x 320pixels)(* able to connect to ext. screen via HDMI out)
  • Interface: Key & Jog(Volume/Scroll), IR Remote Control, Customized Remote App for iOS and Android devices
  • Analog Out (Sabre32 ES9018K2M DAC): Unbalanced (PRE-OUT) - RCA, Dynamic Range: 127dB (Max 2Vrms, Stereo) THD +N: -110dB(0.0003%) Frequency Response : 20~80KHz(±0.2dB)
  • Digital Output (Variable/Fixed): COAXIAL x 1 - S/PDIF 75ohm RCA, Sample rate: up to 24bit/192KHz; TOSLINK x 1 - S/PDIF, Sample rate: up to 24bit/192KHz; USB Audio x 1 - USB Audio Class2.0 Output; HDMI Out x 1 - HDMI Audio Out(*Shared with HDMI Out for external screen)
  • Digital Input: COAXIAL x 1 - Sample Rate: up to 24bit/192Khz; TOSLINK x 1 - Sample Rate: up to 24bit/192Khz; HDMI ARC IN - Up to PCM 192KHz/24Bit
  • USB Audio Input (USB DAC): USB B type connector, USB Audio Class 2.0 input (support up to PCM 384Khz/32Bit, DSD Native 256, and DoP 128)
  • Bluetooth SINK(Receiver): BT 5.0 supports - Profile : A2DP/AVRCP; Audio Codec: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX LL, aptX HD
  • TUNER: DAB+ / FM Radio - Selectable for DAB/DAB+ or FM Radio
  • Connectivity: USB Host - USB3.0(5V/1A) x 2 at rear & USB2.0(5V/1A) x 1 at front; Network - Wired = Giga Fast Ethernet(10/100/1000Mbps), Wireless(Option) = ** 802.11b/g/n WiFi USB dongle(Option)
  • Codec & Format supported: MQA, PCM 384Khz/32Bit, DSD(DSD64, DSD128, DSD256), DXD(24Bit/352.8KHz), HD WAV(24Bit/192KHz), HD FLAC(24Bit/192KHz), APE/CUE, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, AIF, AAC, M4A, MP3, WMA, CAF, Ogg Vorbis, PCM, M3U, PLS, etc
  • Network Protocols Supported: UPnP(DLNA) Server/Client/Media Renderer, Samba Server/Client, FTP Server, Web Server, etc
  • Network Protocols Supported: Internet Radio - Airable; Online Music Services - Amazon Music, TIDAL, TIDAL MQA, Deezer, Qobuz, Napster, HighResAudio, Spotify Connect
  • Supported OSD languages - English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified, Chinese, Japanese, Korean,(To be added by request)
  • Isolated Power management: Linear Transformer For audio signal management & 36W internal SMPS For digital CPU management
  • Power Source: AC 220V - 240V / AC 110V - AC 120V Auto Switching, 50/60Hz
  • Material: Front - 10mm thickness aluminium by CNC cutting; Knob - Aluminium by CNC cutting; Body - Metal
  • Dimension: 440mm(W) x 260mm(D) x 73mm(H) with foot
  • Certificate: CE, FCC, EMI, etc
  • Optional Items: WiFi USB Dongle (* Only the WiFi USB Dongle(802.11b/g/n) that the N25 manufacturer provides will work properly with the N25); USB External Storage (* Various brands of external USB storages available in the markets will work with the N25), Bluetooth Transmitter (* Only 'Bluetooth Transmitter Module' that the N25 manufacturer provides will work properly with the N25 / * BT5.0 supports / * Profile: A2DP/AVRCP / * Audio Codec: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX LL, aptX HD

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