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Olive 4HD


$2,000.00 Released November, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Large 2TB of storage. Can be controlled remotely via free iPod Touch or iPhone app. Gigabit and 802.11N support for speedy network connectivity.

The Cons:Cheap / cliche top panel stylization (various sized words depicting genres of music all mashed together). Extremely high price. Poor value - really offers no revolutionary functionality compared to much cheaper options such as the Squeezebox Touch.

The Olive 4HD is an HD Hi-Fi media server/streamer released as an upgrade from the original Olive 4. It features an enhanced Burr-Brown PCM1792A digital-to-analog (DAC) converter that provides 24-bit audio with a 192kHz sample rate.

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The result is outputted audio quality that is 250x better than a conventional 16-bit CD. Its 2TB hard drive and ultra-fast Gigabit/WiFi connectivity allows it to serve as a centralized digital library capable of storing approximately 6000 CDs or 20,000 high-resolution 24-bit tracks. Users can transfer new content either via the integrated CD mechanism or directly from their PC/Mac via Ethernet or USB. Included also are outputs for connecting to a stereo receiver, as well as a built-in HDMI interface for navigating the device via a TV.

Additional Information

Additional features include a free iPhone/iPod Touch application that allows a user to control the server from anywhere within their home network; a large 4.5” touchscreen display; and a dozen free HD tracks courtesy of Chesky Records.

Features

  • HD Media Server/Streamer
  • Burr-Brown PCM1792A DAC
  • Gigabit Ethernet Interface
  • Draft N Wireless Connectivity
  • CD-R/RW Mechanism
  • RCA/HDMI/USB Outputs
  • Color Touchscreen Display
  • Infrared Remote Control
  • Olive iMaestro (iPhone/iPod)
  • 12 Free HD Tracks (Chesky)

Specifications

  • Display: 4.3” W(480x272)
  • HDD: 2TB
  • Mechanism: CD-R/RW
  • Networking: Gigabit
  • Wireless: 802.11n (54 Mbit/s)
  • Encryption: WEP/WPA
  • Audio Formats: WAV, FLAC, MP3, AAC
  • Color: Silver/Black

Inputs/Outputs

  • RCA
  • HDMI
  • S/PDIF Optical
  • S/PDIF Digital
  • S/PDIF Coaxial
  • USB

Included Accessories

  • User Manual
  • Remote Control w/Battery
  • WiFi Antennas
  • CD w/Recovery Software
  • Power Cord

Model Variations

  • Olive 4-60HD (Black) | 2TB
  • Olive 4-60HD (Silver) | 2TB

User Reviews (7)

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Pros
  • 6

    large 2TB of storage

  • 6

    can be controlled remotely via free iPod Touch or iPhone app

  • 6

    Gigabit and 802.11N support for speedy network connectivity

  • 5

    improved 24bit DAC

  • 5

    HDMI output for displaying the GUI on an HDTV or PC monitor

  • 5

    built in CD player can be used to transfer music directly onto the device

  • 5

    dual digital outputs for use with a more expensive DAC

  • 5

    built in 4.5" touchscreen LCD display for controlling the device, displaying cover art, etc...

  • 3

    includes remote control

  • 1

    Olive will put 100 of your CDs on your player free.

Cons
  • 5

    cheap / cliche top panel stylization (various sized words depicting genres of music all mashed together)

  • 3

    extremely high price

  • 3

    poor value - really offers no revolutionary functionality compared to much cheaper options such as the Squeezebox Touch

  • 2

    no balanced outputs

  • 1

    large size

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madcap
madcap: #olive_4hd what a ridiculous review. Why? Well for a start this is the ONLY review that states the finish as cheap! Every other review I have read states the finish as quality. This is also the ONLY review that states the Olive is poor value, every other review that I have read states the Olive is exceptional value. What about the sound? The sound that the Olive produces is staggeringly good and in a completely different league to the Squeezebox Touch. Its like saying a Porsche 911 is poor value compared to a VW Polo Jan 9, 13
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