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cocktailAudio - X45 - Music Server & DAC

$4,549.00

Thank you for visiting The Audio Tailor.

We’re Stuart, Gabby, Liam 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 X45 is a World-Class High-resolution Audio Player and DAC, which is featured by Dual Sabre³² Reference DAC chips built-in, CD Ripper, Music Server, Network Streamer, Music Recorder, and much more

Features of Hardware and Engineering

  • Equipped with high-performance Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1.0Ghz
  • Dual ESS ES9018K2M Sabre³² Reference DAC chips built-in separately for right and left channels
  • 16 Core Microcontroller with Advanced RISC Architecture for high performance USB DAC function
  • USB Audio Class 2.0 Output built-in to connect an external USB DAC
  • Isolated power source circuit design for digital and analogue parts
  • Toroidal transformer to minimize idle noise
  • High speed optical disk drive for quick CD ripping
  • Phono Input(Moving Magnet) for turntable
  • 7 inch TFT LCD(1024 x 600 pixels) screen for intuitive GUI
  • DAB+/FM Tuner built-in
  • Giga Fast Ethernet(10/100/1000Mbps) built-in
  • Support up to 8TB(Tera Bytes) storage like 3.5"/2.5" hard disk or SSD
  • Rugged chassis contruction with 13mm thickness aluminum front and knobs with CNC cutting
  • HDMI Out connector for an external screen like TV as its GUI screen or audio signal out

Versatile Software functionalities and usage

  • Support various file formats like MQA, DSD(64/128/256),DXD(24Bit/352.8Khz), PCM singal up to 32Bit/384Khz including 24Bit/192Khz WAV/FLAC and full range hi-res audio file formats
  • Breathtaking sound quality delivered by Dual ES9018K2M Sabre³² Reference DAC
  • CD Ripping with professional CD metadata and album cover art provided by Gracenote
  • Connect turntable and play LP directly to record it via Phono Input(Moving Magnet)
  • Load your vinyl and cassette tape collections, DAB+/FM radio, Internet radio to X45 MusicDB via recording function with hi-res sampling rate 192Khz
  • Play hi-res files(like MQA, DSD, etc) in your PC directly through X45 via its far advanced USB DAC function
  • High Connectivity
  • Versatile network functions
  • Major Music Streaming Services(TIDAL, TIDAL MQA, Deezer, Qobuz, Napster) and Internet Radio(Airable) available
  • Customised Remote Control App, NOVATRON MusicX for iOS and Android
  • Provides customised WebInterface(WebUI) for remote control and MusicDB management by PC
  • Support 'Roon Ready', which is the famous Music Player for Music Lovers

Many Useful functions

Created by custom-designed smart software developed by in-house R&D centre

  • Listing by Text or Cover Art: To display album or song list by Text or Cover Art by pressing TEXT/ART key of RC
  • Alarm: X45 offers Alarm function
  • Sleep function: Pressing SLEEP key of RC will make X45 powered off automatically after set time
  • Clock & Display OFF: Pressing CLOCK key of RC will make X45 screen show current clock or off
  • Jump to Song Mode: On Now Playing screen, pressing CAP/NUM key of RC will lead you to 'Jump to Song Mode' or 'Seek to Percent Mode' On 'Jump to Song Mode', pressing numeric key is to jump to the song equal to the pressed number
  • Seek to Percent Mode: On 'Seek to Percent Mode' pressing numeric key is to seek the location of the playing file equal to the pressed number
  • Auto CD Ripping function: When you want to rip many CDs, Auto CD ripping function will be helpful. If you insert CD to the X45, remaining tasks will be done by X45 until the CD is ejected after CD ripping is completed
  • Display Mode: You can display Music DB list by unit of Album, Genre, Track, Artist, Composer, Year, Mood, etc
  • To merge multi-album or rip it into one folder(Album): You can rip Multi-album into one folder (album)
  • Reservation Recording: Schedule when you want the X45 to record iRadio with reservation recording
  • Auto Cutting function: Using this function, you can edit a file recorded by X45 easily
  • Edit recorded files: Edit recorded files cutting by unit of track or adding album tag info
  • ROON Ready: If you like 'ROON' remote app from Roonlabs, you can use it with the X45
  • Audio file format conversion: Convert existing audio files into other formats, (e.g. mp3, FLAC, WAV, MP4) for use on other devices -MP3 player, car stereo, etc
  • Audio CD Burning: You can burn Audio CD with the X45
  • Gapless Playback
  • Scroll Speed: Control text scroll speed on the screen
  • HDD Format: Easy solution to format hard disk with Linux file system or NTFS
  • Import & Export your music: Import/Export music to/from the X45 Music DB via USB or over a network
  • Edit music tag info
  • Make Playlist
  • Music DB backup & Restore
  • Make 'My Playlist’: This is virtual playlist. If you stop playing it, My Playlist will disappear
  • Auto Shutdown: Schedule when you want the X45 powered off
  • HDD Sleep: Go into sleep mode as set
  • USB Keyboard: Use an USB keyboard to edit song tag info easily
  • Section Repeat: Set specific section to play repeatedly
  • Resume Play: After booting up, resume playing automatically where it was last stopped

High Performance System Resources and custom-designed software

Based on Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1.0GHz, 64Bit/1000MIPS Microcontroller and custom-designed software, the X45 will surely satisfy all music lovers with great performance and versatile features

Breathtaking Sound Quality created by accumulated circuit design technology and qualified components

Equipped with dual ESS Sabre ³² Reference DAC ES9018K2M built-in separately for right and left channels, 64Bit XMOS chip, TCXO oscillator and high quality Toroidal Transformer including isolated power source circuit design technology and in-house R&D know-how for circuit designing, the X45 will deliver wonderful sound to you

Dual Sabre³² Reference DAC separated for right and left channels

You can experience breathtaking sound quality delivered by dual Sabre³² ES9018K2M DAC built-in separately for right and left channels

XMOS 64Bit/1000MIPS 16 Core Powerful Microcontroller

X45 USB DAC function can support up to PCM 384Khz/32Bit, DSD Native 256 and MQA

USB Digital - to - Analogue Converter (DAC)

Toroidal Transformer

Isolated power source circuit design for digital and analogue parts minimises idle noise

High quality Analog Out terminal

High quality with well-shielded analogue out terminal guarantees lossless signal transmission

Balanced & Unbalanced Analogue Out

Balanced XLR: Dynamic Range: 130dB(Max 4.5Vrms, stereo) THD +N: 0.0004%. Unbalanced RCA: Dynamic Range: 130dB(Max 2Vrms, stereo) THD +N: 0.0004%

USB Audio Class 2.0 Output

An external USB DAC can be connected

Phono In(Moving Magnet) for a turntable

Default senstivity is 7.5mVrms and controllable 3.75~15mVrms

DAB+ Tuner and FM Radio Tuner

For high quality digital radio, X45 offers DAB+ tuner also

Two(2) High speed USB3.0 host port

For quick data transfer purpose, X45 offers two(2) high speed USB3.0 Host Ports at rear side

6.35mm Headphone Out at the front

X45 offers Headphone Out with senstivity of 100mW+100mW@1Khz, 600ohm, 0.1% THD

CD Ripping with Gracenote CD metadata and Album cover art

Load all your CD collection onto the X45 Music Database in FLAC, ALAC, WAV or MP3 file format with professional CD metadata and album cover art from Gracenote

Music Database function

The X45 has a well-organized Music Database built-in, which offers very nice and convenient functions like SEARCH,display by text or cover art, SORT, various View, etc

Phono Input(MM) for your turntable

Just connect turntable to the X45 phono in directly to play your precious LP music and record it to the X45 in hi-res digital file. The X45 offers very smart and convenient auto cutting function to edit the recorded file with easy

Recording with 192Khz hi-res sampling rate

The X45 offers a recording function for internet radio, DAB+/FM radio, Analogue In, Phono In, AUX In including all digital inputs. You can make your own digital music collection with wonderful sound

Auto/Manual Cutting for the recorded files

Smart auto/manual cutting function to edit the recorded files is available at the X45. You can easily edit files and import them into X45 Music Database

Versatile Networking and Remote Control with a Customized App

Connect the X45 to your network for streaming music to and from other devices, listen to cloud based music services and control remotely using mobile devices with our customized remote control app, NOVATRON MusicX or WebInterface

Control remotely by mobile devices with customised Remote Control App, NOVATRON MusicX app

Major Music Streaming Services integrated

You can access tens of thousands of internet radio stations and online music services like TIDAL, Deezer, Napster and Qobuz including Spotify Connect function

Control remotely by PC with WebInterface

Control the X45 remotely by your PC with its nice WebInterface function

Support various network protocols like UPnP Server/Client/Renderer, Samba Server/Client

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

AirPlay and Spotify Connect

You can play songs from iOS devices and musics from Spotify via X45 wirelessly

Control X45 by Roon

As X45 supports 'Roon Ready', you can control X45 with Roon, which is great music player for music loves

7 inch TFT LCD Screen for Intuitive GUI and HDMI Out for external screen

7 inch big screen will let you control the X45 easily with intuitive GUI, and connect it to your TV for an external screen to view bigger GUI or a slideshow of photos while listening to your music collection

DAB+/FM Radio Tuner built-in

Enjoy high quality digital radio via DAB+ Tuner, and record any song or broadcast with high quality sound

High Connectivity for various external devices

  • 2 x USB3.0 host at rear and 1 x USB2.0 host at front
  • USB Audio Class 2.0 Output
  • GigaFast Ethernet LAN
  • HDMI Out for external screen or Audio out
  • USB Audio Input for USB DAC function
  • Digital Out(Coaxial, Toslink, AES/EBU XLR, HDMI)
  • Digital In
  • Analog Out/Input
  • Phono Input
  • And more.....

Storage for Music Server

3.5"/2.5" SATA hard disk and Solid State Drive(SSD) is accepted to the X45, which supports up to 8TB capacity. You can install a storage easily thanks to a customized storage drive bay(drawer)

Rugged and durable casing

The X45 front panel is based on 13mm thickness aluminum with CNC cutting and total metal chassis. The die-cast aluminium feet provide rigidity along with additional resistance from external vibration

Specifications

  • Host CPU & Memory: CPU - Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 running at 1.0GHz; Main Memory - DDR-1066 1GByte; NAND Flash 8GByte
  • CD Player: Front Loading; Supported media - CD, CD-DA, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R/RW
  • Display: 7.0" TFT LCD(1,024 x 600pixels)(* 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, Web Interface
  • Analog Out (Sabre³² ES9018K2M Dual DAC): Balanced(PRE-OUT) - XLR, Dynamic Range 130dB (Max 4.5Vrms, Stereo) THD +N 0.0004%; Unbalanced(PRE-OUT) - RCA, Dynamic Range 130dB (Max 2Vrms, Stereo) THD +N 0.0004%; Headphone Out - 6.35mm Jack, 100mW+100mW@1Khz, 600ohm, 0.1% THD
  • Digital out (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; AES/EBU/XRL x 1 - 110ohm, Sample rate up to 24bit/192KHz; USB Audio x 1 - USB Audio Class 2.0 Output; HDMI Out x 1 - HDMI Audio Out(*Shared with HDMI Out for external screen)
  • Analog Input: LINE In x 1 - L&R RCA at the rear, default 2Vrms(controllable 1~4Vrms); Aux In x 1 - 3.5mm Phone Jack on the front, default 1Vrms(controllable 0.5~2Vrms); Phono In x 1 - MM Input, default 7.5mVrms(controllable 3.75~15mVrms)
  • Digital Input: COAXIAL x 1 - Sample Rate up to 24bit/192Khz; TOSLINK x 1 - Sample Rate up to 24bit/192Khz; AES/EBU XLR x 1 - Sample Rate: up to 24bit/192Khz
  • 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 MQA file)
  • Supported Storage: Hard Disk - 2.5" SATA, up to 2TB & 3.5" SATA, up to 8TB; SSD - 2.5" SATA, up to 2TB (* Bigger capacity of storage will be supported by firmware update when available in the market)
  • 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(10/100/1000Mbs) & Wireless(Option) = ※ 802.11b/g/n WiFi USB dongle(Option); HDMI Out - Connect to external screen (* Shared with HDMI Audio Out)
  • 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
  • Internet Services: Internet Radio - Airable; Online Music Services - TIDAL, Deezer, Qobuz, Spotify Connect
  • Supported OSD languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Korean,Japanese (To be added by request)
  • Isolated Power management: Toroidal Transformer - For audio signal management; 70W internal SMPS - For digital CPU management
  • 12V Trigger Out: Max 200mA, 12V
  • Power Source: 220V area - AC 220V - 240V, 50/60Hz; 110V area - AC 110V - 120V, 50/60Hz
  • Mechanical: Material - 13mm thickness aluminium by CNC cutting front, Aluminium by CNC cutting knob, Metal body; Dimension - 441mm(W) x 330mm(D) x 111mm(H) with foot
  • Certificate: CE, FCC, EMI, etc

※ Specification to be changed without notification

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