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CocktailAudio - X50 Pro - Reference Digital Player


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.


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 Reference Pure Digital Music Server, CD Ripper and Network Streamer for Audiophiles. Enjoy highest performance, versatile functions and easy use with audiophile level sound quality

The X50Pro is the very digital source device that the audiophiles have been looking for to manage huge amount of hi-res digital music collections conveniently, and to connect to their existing external DAC and Amplifier to play with superb sound quality. The X50Pro is the reference multipurpose Music Server with the functions of Media Player, CD Ripper, Network Streamer, Music Recorder and much more for music lover.

As X50Pro is equipped with ultra-low phase noise oscillator, CCHD-575 from Crystek Corporation, extensively shielded SMPS with aluminium cover and highly qualified printed circuit board designed by in-house R&D team, the X50Pro surely guarantees great sound quality with jitter and electrical noises minimised to negligible level.

Equipped with Quad Core ARM Cortex A9 Processor, additional powerful XMOS microcontroller, beautiful whole glass-sanding aluminium enclosure crafted by precision CNC machine and versatile features of software developed by in-house R&D team, the X50Pro surely will be the best pure digital music player and server for the audiophiles in the world.

Features of Hardware and Engineering

  • Equipped with high-performance Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1.0Ghz
  • XMOS 32bit/500MIPS 8 Core Powerful Microcontroller
  • Reference-level sound quality delivered by a combination of Ultra-low phase noise oscillator, CCHD-575 from Crystek Corporation, and completely shielded SMPS with aluminium cover to minimise electrical noises and in-house circuit design ability accumulated for decades
  • DDR-1066 1GByte Main Memory and 8GByte Nand Flash Memory
  • High speed optical disk drive for quick CD ripping
  • 7 inch TFT LCD(1024 x 600 pixels) screen for intuitive GUI
  • DAB+/FM Tuner built-in
  • USB Audio Class 2.0 Output for connecting to an USB Digital-to-Analogue Converter(DAC)
  • I²S Digital Out(two HDMI Out and one RJ45 Out) to support up to Native DSD including 24Bit/192Khz, and two I²S HDMI Out will surely increase compatibility with other brands DAC devices
  • Giga Fast Ethernet(10/100/1000Mbps) built-in
  • Support up to 8TB(Tera Bytes) storage like 3.5"/2.5" hard disk or SSD
  • Using RAID System function, total 16TB storage configuration is possible
  • Rugged and beautiful glass-sanding whole aluminium enclosure fabricated by precision CNC machine
  • HDMI Out connector to use an external screen like TV as its bigger GUI screen or audio signal out

Versatile Software functionalities and usage

  • Support various file formats like MQA, DSD(64/128/256), PCM 32Bit/384Khz, DXD(24Bit/352.8Khz), including 24Bit/192Khz WAV/FLAC and full range hi-res audio file formats
  • CD Ripping with professional CD metadata and album cover art provided by Gracenote
  • Convenient Music Database function
  • Load your vinyl and cassette tape collections, DAB+/FM Radio, Internet Radio to X50Pro MusicDB via its recording function with hi-res sampling rate 192Khz
  • Various network protocol supported(UPnP(DLNA) Server/Client/Media Renderer, Samba Server/Client, FTP Server, Web Server, etc
  • Major Music Streaming Services(TIDAL, TIDAL MQA, Deezer, Qobuz, Napster, Spotify Connect, HighresAudio and Internet Radio(Airable) available
  • Customised Remote Control App, NOVATRON MusicX for iOS and Android
  • Customised WebInterface(WebUI) for remote control and MusicDB management by PC
  • Support 'Roon Ready', which is the famous Music Player for Music Lovers
  • High Connectivity

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: X50Pro offers Alarm function
  • Sleep function: Pressing SLEEP key of RC will make X50Pro powered off automatically after set time
  • Clock & Display OFF: Pressing CLOCK key of RC will make X50Pro 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 X50Pro, remaining tasks will be done by X50Pro 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 X50Pro to record iRadio with reservation recording
  • Auto Cutting function: Using this function, you can edit a file recorded by X50Pro 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 X50Pro
  • 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 X50Pro
  • 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 X50Pro 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 X50Pro 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

Equipped with Quad Core ARM Cortex A9 main processor running at 1.0GHz, additional 32Bit/500MIPS Microcontroller and custom-designed smart software, the X50Pro is a reference-level pure digital music server to deliver great sound and verstile functions

Wonderful Sound Quality created by in-house circuit design know-how and qualified components

Our all experiences, know-how and technoligies for digital circuit design accumlated for long period and qualified components like ultra-low phase noise oscillator, CCHD-575 from Crystek Corporation are applied perfectly to the X50Pro to create great sound quality

Minimising electrical noises from SMPS

To minimised electrical noises, SMPS is perfectly shielded with high quality aluminium.

DAB+ Tuner and FM Radio Tuner

For high quality digital radio and traditional FM Radio, X50Pro offers DAB+ tuner and FM tuner

XMOS 32Bit/500MIPS 8 Core Powerful Microcontroller

X50Pro can support up to Native DSD256 via its I²S Digital Output(RJ45 & HDMI x 2) for highend audiophiles who have already a nice DAC which has I²S Digital Input. To increase compatibility with other devices, X50Pro offers two(2) I²S HDMI Out

Beautiful Aluminum Eclosure fabricated by precision CNC machine

The X50Pro whole enclose is precisely crafted with beautiful glass-sanding aluminum, which is fabricated by precision CNC machine

USB Audio Class 2.0 Output

For music lovers and audiophiles who have already nice USB DAC, the USB Audio Out solution will be very useful

12V Trigger Out and In

You could use 12V Trigger Out/In to trigger (on/off) connected devices like DAC and Amplifier

Word Clock

Via this Word Clock Out, the X50Pro will send out the sample rate signal of currently playing file

Two High Speed USB3.0 Host Ports

For quick data transfer purpose, the X50Pro offers two(2) high speed USB3.0 Host ports at rear side

High Quality Digital Out Terminal

Coaxial Out, Toslink and AES/EBU XLR are available to let users make perfect audio component system by connecting to various external devices

RAID System with Two Storage Deck for Music Server

X50Pro offers two storage decks which accept 3.5"/2.5" SATA hard disk and Solid State Drive(SSD). According to users' purpose, they can setup RAID system easily. X50Pro offers three(3) kinds of RAID mode such as Mirror, Stripe and Big

HDMI for bigger external screen or Audio out

Via this HDMI out, users can connect to bigger external screen for GUI, or connect to an audio devices which have HDMI input

Inside View of X50Pro

CD Ripping with Gracenote CD metadata and Album cover art

Load all your CD collection onto the X50ProD Music Database in FLAC, ALAC, WAV or MP3 file format with professional CD metadata and album cover art from Gracenote

Music Database function

The X50Pro 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

Digital Inputs

X50Pro has digital inputs(Toslink & Coaxial) for connecting to external source devices. You can make your own digital music collection by X50Pro's recording function

Recording with 192Khz hi-res sampling rate

The X50Pro offers a recording function for internet radio, DAB+/FM radio and Digital Inputs. You can make your own digital music collection with wonderful sound

Auto/Manual Cutting for the recorded files

Auto/Manual cutting function to edit the recorded files is available at the X50Pro. You can easily edit files and import them into X50Pro Music Database

Versatile Networking and Remote Control with a Customized App

Connect the X50Pro 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 customised 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, HighresAudio and Qobuz including Spotify Connect function

Control remotely by PC with WebInterface

Control the X50Pro 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 X50Pro wirelessly

Control X50Pro by Roon

As X50Pro supports 'Roon Ready', you can control X50Pro 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 X50Pro 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 connection

  • 2 x USB3.0 host at rear and 1 x USB2.0 host
  • GigaFast Ethernet LAN
  • HDMI Out for external screen or Audio out
  • USB Audio Class2.0 Output
  • Digital Outputs (3 x I²S, 1 x Word Clock, 1 x Coaxial, 1 x Toslink, 1 x AES/EBU XLR, 1 x HDMI)
  • Digital Inputs(1 x Coaxial, 1 x Toslink)
  • And more

Two(2) Storage Decks for Music Server

3.5"/2.5" SATA hard disk and Solid State Drive(SSD) is accepted to the X50Pro, which supports up to 8TB capacity of individual storage. X50Pro offers RAID System configuration. According to users' purpose, they can setup RAID system easily by themselves. It offers three(3) kinds of RAID mode such as Mirror, Stripe and Big

Rugged and Beautiful Aluminium Enclosure fabricated by precision CNC machine

The X50Pro whole enclosure is precisely crafted with beautiful glass-sanding aluminum, which is fabricated by precision CNC machine. This will help surely to create more beautiful sound for music lovers


  • Host CPU & Memory: CPU - Quad 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 Android devices, Web Interface
  • 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; AES/EBU/XRL x 1 - 110ohm, Sample rate: up to 24bit/192Khz; I²S Out x 3 - RJ45 (Native DSD, DoP, PCM up to 24bit/192Khz), HDMI#1 (Native DSD, DoP, PCM up to 24bit/192Khz); HDMI#2 (Native DSD, DoP, PCM up to 24bit/192Khz); USB Audio x 1 - USB Audio Class 2.0 Out(supports up to Native DSD256); HDMI Out x 1 - HDMI Audio Out(*Shared with HDMI Out for external screen); Word Clock Out - up to 192Khz
  • Digital Input: COAXIAL x 1 - Sample Rate up to 24bit/192Khz; TOSLINK x 1 - Sample Rate up to 24bit/192Khz
  • Supported Storage: Hard Disk - 2.5" SATA, up to 8TB & 3.5" SATA, up to 8TB; SSD - 2.5" SATA, up to 8TB (* Two(2) Storage Decks * RAID System for two storages (3 modes: Mirror, Stripe or Big))
  • TUNER: DAB+/FM - DAB+/FM Tuner built-in(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); 12V Trigger - Out = Max 200mA 12V, In = Max 12V; HDMI Out - Connect to external screen(* Shared with HDMI Audio Out)
  • Codec & Format supported: MQA, DSD(DSD64, DSD128, DSD256), DXD(24Bit/352.8Khz), PCM 32Bit/384Khz, HD WAV(24Bit/192KHz), HD FLAC(24Bit/192KHz), APE/CUE, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, AIF, AAC, M4A, MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, PCM, M3U, PLS, CAF, 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, Napster, Spotify Connect, HighresAudio
  • Supported OSD languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean,(To be added by request)
  • Power Source: AC110 - 240V / 50 - 60Hz Free Voltage
  • Enclosure: Material - Whole enclosure is fabricated by precision CNC machine with beautiful glasssanding high-quality aluminium
  • Dimensions: 440mm(W) x 329mm(D) x 130mm(H) with foot
  • Weight: 11.5Kg (Device only without accessory and carton box)
  • Certificate: CE, FCC, EMI, etc

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