Load your vinyl collections directly via the built-in phono amp in CD quality.
5 inch full color screen for intuitive graphical user interface.
Built-in FM tuner and internet radio.
Customized Web Interface and free UPnP apps for remote controlling.
Playback of DSD64 (2.8224MHz), DSD128 (5.6448MHz), DXD (24bit/352.8KHz), PCM signal up to 32bit/384KHz including 24bit/192KHz WAV/FLAC and full range of hi-res audio file formats.
The Cocktail Audio X40 is a top-of-the-line high resolution music server with tons of built-in functionality. ES9018K2M Sabre Reference DAC built-in. XMOS 32Bit-500MIPS digital signal processing unit. Phono input (Moving Magnet) for storing your record collection. Load your vinyl and cassette tape collections to the X40 in 192kHz sample rate. Music Streaming Services like Qobuz, Simfy and Internet Radio. UPnP Media Server and Renderer for streaming playback and control remotely via network. HDMI Out connector for using an external screen like TV as its GUI screen. Supports up to 3.5 inch SATA hard disk 4TB, 2.5 hard disk and SSD. Toroidal transformer minimizing idle noise. Provides the customized Web Interface (WebUI) for remote control and Music DB management. Works with various free apps available at app stores. Front-loading CD player supports CD, CD-DA, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R-RW. Balanced XLR and RCA pre-amp outputs and headphone jack. Digital Tos-Link, Coaxial, and XLR outputs. RCA and mini-plug analog inputs. Tos-Link and Coaxial digital audio inputs. Wired and Wi-Fi netowork connectivity. Optional Wi-fi USB Dongle not included. Power: 110V AC 60 Hz for US only. Dimensions: 435mm(W) x 325mm(D) x 98.5mm(H).
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This unit does everything and sounds fantastic. I made sure to select the purchase from AVHIFI as they included the wifi dongle and internal hard drive for free. They also updated the firmware for me (thanks Mike!) and are an authorized dealer. Right out of the box I was ripping my CD collection to Flac and downloading the artwork from various choices. This was the only unit I could find that has analog inputs that facilitate the digitization of my vinyl and reel to reel collections as well. I listen to and record internet radio and it streams stored music through my home system (Control4 with Sonos) which is nice as is the integrated FM tuner. Portable hard drive backup could not be easier, as is hooking up a LCD monitor and wireless keyboard (Highly recommended if you are editing analog recorded tracks). All features are either plug and play or very simple to set up. The only negatives are the remote, which is poorly laid out and awkward to use, and the instructions and menu layout,...
I didn't purchase this unit on Amazon (or at this seller), but I so want lossless audio formats to become standard that I want to review it here. As far as I could find, this is the only unit that will play virtually any audio file you throw at it with abloom (great Sabre DAC on board), has a built-in CD player to rip your CDs (and, due to its DAC, play your CDs with better sound than your old CD player probably did), offer a huge range of inputs and outputs (including a digital out in case one day you want to update your DAC), plus a user swap-able hard drive (eSATA) up to 4tb in size. It works with a wifi dongle, accepts USB... import your iTunes library ... and on and on. Also, easy (and a must) to backup.
I ended up purchasing mine online from the UK (if you get the 220v version, you'll need step-up transformer... see https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BQ0FQ4S) at significant savings, especially with the exchange rates these days. The closest competition I found is a Sony...
Disclosure: I did not buy this through Amazon, but from another merchant.
Cocktail Audio's manual recommends that the internal drive be formatted for Linux for best performance. Nowhere in the manual do they tell you that the Linux version that they use has a hard drive addressing limitation of 2 TB. I tried to use a 4TB drive to back up my music, but the system would not recognize it. I requested help with this problem twice through the "support" tab on their web site, and got no response either time. I finally figured out the HDD limit of Linux by myself. The backup works fine with a 2TB or less drive.
The other significant issue is that the album art acquisition function over the internet only acquired artwork for about 30% of my albums. Many of the albums that it could not retrieve artwork for were very widely distributed albums by well known artists. Interestingly, it often found art for many of my more esoteric albums. Wierd inconsistent...
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