Olive introduces Musica wireless music center

Posted on Monday, September 19 2005 @ 1:21 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Olive announced the Musica, the latest addition to its line of wireless music centers. Designed to eliminate the PC as the center of digital music at home, the Musica's extensive feature set rejoices the heart of every music enthusiast.

Getting music onto the Musica is simple. With the push of a single button users can record, tag and archive their music CD. The ultra-quiet hard drive holds up to 40,000 songs. In addition, the Musica allows users to burn and copy music CDs, update their Apple iPod, record music from analog sources such as turntables or tape decks, and access music stored on a networked Mac or PC1. Combined with the (optional) wireless music receiver, the Sonata, users can enjoy music in up to 20 rooms. .

Designed for the audiophile, the Musica features Olive's Digital Pure Audio technology, which has received wide press recognition for its superb audio fidelity in Olive's classical music solution, the Symphony.

One of these unique features allows the Musica to actively harmonize the music volume to correspond with a specific atmosphere. A feature that is of great benefit for businesses such as bars, hotels, or restaurants.

The Musica in brief.

A central place for all your music.
  • Ultra-quiet 160GB hard drive stores up to 40,000 songs.
  • Record analog media such as tape or vinyl directly to the hard drive.
  • Listen to a wide variety of internet radio stations or add your own.
  • Access music stored on networked Mac or PC1.

Music to go.
  • Burn or copy music CDs.
  • Update your Apple iPod.

Multi-room sound.
  • Built-in 4-port Ethernet hub and wireless access point (802.11g).
  • Stream music to up to 20 rooms.
  • Wireless music receiver (Sonata) optionally available.

Dynamic Audio Compression.
  • Dynamic leveling of volume (lows and peaks) so music is always audible.
  • Set maximum volume output to harmonize with atmosphere.

High-fidelity audio.
  • IBM 32-bit PowerPC handles en-/decoding of multiple audio streams without audio degradation.
  • Store music in lossless quality (AIFF, WAV, FLAC) or lossy compression (MP3, up to 320 kBit/s).
  • Output to stereo system via digital (S/PDIF optical / TOSLINK coax) or analog ports (gold-plated RCA).
  • Low power consumption (7W in Play) allows fan-less design.
  • Custom-built linear power supply with minimum noise interference to DAC. Special "soft" rectifier prevents sound distortion from the supply voltage, transformer's low leakage design avoids interruptions from the mains.
Ease of use. Beautiful design.
  • Integrates seamlessly into your existing HiFi system.
  • High-resolution wide-screen LCD.
  • Two-level jog-wheel provides intuitive way to browse and select music.
  • Free preload of the customer's music collection with the purchase of the Musica (limited time offer).
The Musica will be available beginning of October for $1,099.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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