Olive Creates New Audio Category, the HD Hi-Fi Music Server

by admin on November 25, 2009 · 9 comments

in Digital, Studio/Tech/Recording News

Olive 4HD Sets a New Digital Audio Standard, Fueled with 96khz/24-bit Content from Chesky Records

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - November 19, 2009
Leading music server manufacturer Olive Media Inc. today announced the introduction of its first HD Hi-Fi Music Server for home stereo systems. Creating the HD category for digitally recorded music, the Olive 4HD matches recording engineers’ golden standard of 24-bit sound and 192 kHz sample rate, offering listeners music at more than 250 times the resolution of CDs.

“Most digital music solutions severely compromise the quality of the music experience,” said Dr. Oliver Bergmann, founder and CEO of Olive. “Our new HD music server delivers a new listening experience that allows music lovers to enjoy the best of both worlds-the convenience of digital music management and the quality of HD sound. This is the way music sounds as it is recorded.”

Easy to set up, configure and navigate, the new Olive 4HD serves as a control center that can access any digitized music library. A two terabyte hard drive stores up to 6,000 CDs, or 20,000 high resolution 24-bit tracks. Music can easily be copied to the Olive 4HD via the built-in CD mechanism, or from a PC or Mac through its wireless or wired network connection. The breathtaking music reproduction is handled through Olive’s proprietary high-resolution Digital-Analog-Converter (DAC), featuring Texas Instrument’s best-of-breed 192khz/24-bit Burr-Brown PCM1792A.

Olive enforces its commitment to HD by partnering with Grammy Award-winning Chesky Records, producer of high-resolution audio recordings. Twelve tracks from Chesky artists are included free with the Olive 4HD, providing over an hour of audiophile-grade music.

“To achieve the highest quality audio means recording at 24-bit,” said Chesky Records founder David Chesky. “CDs cannot reproduce what we capture from musicians during a recording session, and MP3 files degrade the quality even further. But with the Olive 4HD it is now possible to replicate the experience of that golden master recording at home, in full 24-bit.”

As part of your home entertainment system the Olive 4HD connects directly to a stereo receiver. Music libraries are easy to navigate through the integrated touchscreen, or, using the unit’s built-in HDMI interface, on a TV. Olive also offers a free iPhone/iPod Touch application that allows users to control the HD Hi-Fi Music Server from anywhere within the home network. Beyond standard music information such as artist, album, track title and cover art, the Olive delivers extended metadata, describing music more accurately and tailored to its specific genre. This allows users to find the right music, quickly.

The Olive 4HD can be integrated into a home network with its Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n connection, which also allows for direct download of music. Adding the Olive 2 Hi-Fi Player allows users to access their music anywhere within their home.

Pricing and availability
The Olive 4HD Hi-Fi Music Server is available in the US directly from Olive (www.olive.us;1.877.296.5483): $1,999 (2TB). It includes 12 of Chesky Records’ best HD tracks for free. Olive is available world-wide through a network of authorized distributors.
More information on product specifications, features, pricing, images and other multimedia assets are available at www.olive.us.

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11.24.09 at 7:33 pm

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Bill Woods 11.25.09 at 8:31 pm

It seems the ripple effects from that ‘cannonball splash’ caused by the Sooloos System (now owned by Meridian) are gaining momentum. I personally love the idea of a full service music server that rips entire CD collections, up-converts the files to 24/192 resolutions, then allows simple user-friendly access via touch screens with all meta data present. what can I say, it gives me the ‘warm fuzzies’. Bravo Olive. Your display screen is much smaller, but that HDMI output along with your choice of DAC technology/hardware and audio interconnect options are top tier. The last time I checked, the complete Sooloos system was $20K give or take. Olive has managed to create an economical alternative for those of us who are not made of money; which still offers outstanding technology and functionality with high-end fit n’ finish. Add some old-fashioned ‘versatility’ with a liberal dash of ‘compatibility’ and you get an outstanding price to performance ratio. That makes it a keeper, my friends. Heck, I’m already saving my money.

admin 11.25.09 at 8:52 pm

I’m going try and get one for review. It does sound intriguing.

Cheers, a

Mark 11.30.09 at 12:25 pm

Just ordered the olive 4 hd…not like me to not wait for a review, but couldn’t resist. I’m their target market…1000+cds, could set up a server myself for probably half this amount, but want a seamless experience. We’ll see whetehr it’s worth it.

admin 11.30.09 at 1:12 pm

Cheers, Mark. Let us know what you think of it.

I have an email request into Olive for a review unit. No response as yet. 10 days! I’ll follow up by week’s end.

Cheers, a

Cameron 12.09.09 at 8:02 pm

Hello Everyone,

Ive been doing extensive research on this product… I have not heard it, but have read reviews (from reviews i have come to trust and respect) sayings it sounds close to the REGA APOLLO CD PLAYER… That is enough for me to take this guy serious… for several reasons… to name a few lets first just pretend its not a music server but a CD player… If the Rega Apollo goes for $1600US and i already know its a great player (owned one, awesome sound and build quality for the price) Apollo is high value for its price point. Now if the Olive 4HD sounds the equivalent, but offers so many features a CD player cant even dream about having, like the stunning touch interface and the software that makes the interface so user friendly, the fact it will store thousands of CD’s , has an HDMI output, and touch remote interface (via iphone/itouch) , and wireless contectivity to your computer… all for a tiny amount of $400US more, then my friends this guy seems to me to be one of those very rare HIFI value deals that pop up from time to time… All the sound quality of a CD player in its price point, but tonnes and tonnes of features a CD player cant even dream of doing… Seems like it should be common sence to me, this is a killer product….
Even better Olive set if up so you can add an external DAC (to take it to another level) and use it basically like a mass music transport and bring it to a whole new level of sound quality…

I’ve been doing so much research on it… I am confident its the real deal and a steal… lots of bang for the buck…

I am going to hook the OLIVE 4HD up to my my BERKELEY AUDIO DESIGN ALPHA DAC, (which has a killer built in digital preamp) directly into my two BRYSTON 2B-SST2 amps both bridge into mono.

Total price for the SOURCE UNIT (olive4HD + Berkeley ALPHA DAC) $7000USD… I am confident this set up will sounds better than the MERIDIAN Sooloos (while having every bit as much cool factor and ease of use with a touch interface as the Sooloos) which cost around $20,000USD. And Im every bit as confident that this set up will also sound better than most if not all $10,000USD and even up CD players on the market today… While costing on average $3000USD less… Some of you are probably asking why am i so confident? Its because if you never heard of the BERKELEY AUDIO ALPHA DAC, then you maybe should read up on it hopefully find a way to hear it, it will blow you away… I even hear of a guy to sold is dCS stack $40,000USD *kept his transport* for the ALPHA DAC $5000USD. From this guys stand point his dCS definitive sounded better, but was not so much better that he could no longer justify over $30,ooo more when he could spend $5000 on a DAC that could get him close to the same sonic bliss, but at a fraction of the price…and the few of you who do own one like myself will understand why i would make such claims, and you will understand why it is fast developing a reputation as the BEST VALUE in the Audiophile world today… Highly reputable reviewers are sayings they would pay over $10,000USD for it and still think its a great value in performance. And i can tell you first hand they are right…

In conclusion i beleive the OLIVE 4HD is another product that should be taken seriously, because it offers so much bang for the buck…

I highly recomment it… I will have one soon, and come back and tell you if everything i know about it is true… the main fact beings does it sound as good as CD players in the same price point… And technicaly it should sound better, since most CD players in that price bracket dont play 24/196 resolutions… So if you are playing master recordings in 24/196 then it should sound better than the REGA but at the same price point.

thanks for your time, i hope this helped anyone in making a decision. I will be back once i get my OLIVE to confirm all these claims…

Cam (audiophile for life)

admin 12.09.09 at 8:05 pm

Wow, Cam. Great post. Many thanks for your thoughts.

Sadly, Olive has not as yet replied to my request for review unit.

Welcome to Audiophilia. Looking forward to your posts. Cheers, a

Richard 12.23.10 at 7:24 am

Folks,

I am moving into the world if high-end audio and this product looks very interesting.

Is there a good article or site that gives a newbie a quick overview of how to step up into the world of audiophiles. I currently have nice system built around NAD with wireless streaming from Apple using 320k source and Wharfedale speakers, but want to step this up notch or two.

Any help would be appreciated.

R.

admin 12.23.10 at 1:01 pm

Welcome, Richard.

There are lot of articles via Google, but your best bet is to visit a local hi fi shop or, even better, attend a hi fi enthusiasts meet.

Lots of listening to different equipment is always a good thing and reading blogs like ours or Stereophile, The Audiophiliac on CNET, etc…

Are you in a large, urban area? Visiting different shops helps.

The best news is that you have the most important tenets already in place. Passion, a love of music, knowledge of your room dimensions, your budget, a personal aesthetic for the synergy (the most important part of a satisfying system), etc. All, good news!

Let us know how it goes.

Cheers, a

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