Audiolab 7000 N Play Streamer

Audiolab 7000 N Play Streamer

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Key info

  • Advanced digital-to-analog conversion technology delivers stunning clarity and detail.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for streaming from smartphones, tablets, and popular music services.
  • USB, coaxial, optical, and Ethernet inputs allow for easy connectivity to a range of devices.
  • Simple and intuitive interface for browsing music and optimizing listening experience.
  • Sleek, minimalist design and high-quality construction make for a visually and sonically impressive addition to any home audio system.

 

All specifications

Physical characteristics
Weight 5.0 kg
Dimensions (HxWxD) 78 x 340 x 444 mm
Shipping Weight 6.1 kg
Shipping dimensions (HxWxD) 140 x 500 x 455 mm
Technical specifications
THD <0.0005% (1kHz @2.1Vrms)
Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz, ref.1kHz (+/-0.5dB)
Output Impedance 100 ohms
DAC Chip ES9038Q2M
Sampling rate 192kHz / 24-bit
Streaming
Streaming services Spotify | TIDAL | KKBox | SiriusXM | Napster | Internet Radio | Deezer | iHeartRadio | PANDORA | Qobuz, | QQ Music
Streaming features Apple Airplay 2
Included accessories
What's in the box Power Cord, USB Cable, User Manual

Audiolab’s 7000 Series Wi-Fi/Ethernet streamer builds on the award-winning 6000N Play to deliver high-performance wireless streaming to any home audio system

The new 7000N Play offers a significant step up from its still-current forebear. It similarly combines the versatility of the DTS Play-Fi wireless audio platform with Audiolab’s sonic know-how to deliver a great-sounding network streaming solution that is simple to set up and use, incorporating the latest Play-Fi module, extra features and a DAC upgrade in return for the modest additional outlay. Users can stream from any source connected to their home network – smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs, as well as NAS drives and music servers – utilising the 7000N Play’s dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi. It also connects wirelessly with other Play-Fi-equipped devices, enabling a fully synchronised multi-room set-up.

There are three ways to stream once the 7000N Play is connected to a broadband router via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable. The first is via the Play-Fi app, which gives access to a variety of online streaming services including Tidal, Spotify, Amazon Music, Qobuz and Deezer, plus thousands of internet radio stations and podcasts, as well as streaming content stored on local DLNA-compliant devices. The second is Spotify Connect, which enables streaming direct to the 7000N Play using the Spotify app rather than the Play-Fi app. And the third is AirPlay 2, which gives access to Apple Music and other streaming platforms when using an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV as the source/control device. AirPlay 2 is a new feature added to the 7000N Play, and an important one for Apple users.

Upgraded internals

The 7000N Play features an upgraded high-quality DAC with ESS Technology’s HyperStream II architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, allowing for hi-res audio streaming to 24-bit/192kHz. Its 2.8in IPS LCD display is a rare feature for streamers in its price range, showing connected streaming service, track details, and format/sample rate. The menu system provides access to functions such as balance control, auto-standby settings, and digital filter selection. The streamer’s analogue output can be connected to any audio system for use.

More about Play-Fi

DTS Play-Fi is an app-controlled platform enabling high-quality, whole-home wireless audio, capable of streaming hi-res music up to 24-bit/192kHz and supported by a greater range of established audio brands than any other wireless platform. The free Play-Fi app (available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices, Windows PCs and Apple and Android smartwatches) is an intuitive gateway to a wealth of music services including Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz, HDtracks, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and SiriusXM. It is also your trusty music butler, able to serve up a streaming library stored on any DLNA – compatible NAS drive or media server on the same home network.

Play-Fi is compatible with several file formats, such as MP3, MP4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV, and AIFF, and offers two listening modes. The Critical Listening mode is the default and provides optimal sound quality for streaming to a single device, like the 7000N Play, supporting hi-res PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz without down-sampling. The second mode prioritizes bandwidth for multi-room use, limiting audio to CD quality for seamless streaming to up to 32 Play-Fi-compatible devices in different zones.

The Play-Fi ecosystem is versatile, with a broad range of audio devices supporting it. From portable speakers to high-end audio components and all-in-one music systems, various brands offer Play-Fi-compatible devices that work together seamlessly, allowing for customized home entertainment experiences.

The Play-Fi feature can be integrated into TVs, even the latest Philips models, allowing for lag-free audio streaming over Wi-Fi to Play-Fi devices, including the 7000N Play. This means the audio is synchronized with the on-screen action without the need for cables. The 7000N Play’s menu can be navigated via six front panel buttons or the included remote control. DTS introduced Play-Fi in 2012, and it continues to innovate in wireless home audio. Last year, they launched Play-Fi Home Cinema for Speakers, which enables various wireless soundbar, speaker, and subwoofer combinations in surround configurations up to 7.2.4, all synced over Wi-Fi. Play-Fi’s continuous progress has earned it a CES 2023 Innovation Award, more than a decade after its launch.

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