Audiolab 6000N Hi-Res Dac / Streamer
Providing access to a wealth of internet music services: Spotify, Tidal, HDtracks, Deezer, Qobuz, Amazon Music, Napster, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and SiriusXM, to name a few. Users might choose to browse a radio guide listing thousands of stations and podcasts, or stream from a home media server with DLNA compatibility. The 6000N Play is hi-res audio enabled, capable of receiving data up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution over Wi-Fi – well in excess of CD quality – without transcoding or down-sampling.
The 6000N Play incorporates a high-quality DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter), utilising the same ES9018 Sabre32 Reference chip found in the highly acclaimed audiolab 6000A integrated ampliﬁer. ESS Technology’s 32-bit HyperStream architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, coupled to audiolab’s own circuitry, delivers ultra-low noise and high dynamic range. The circuit design also draws inspiration from audiolab’s 6000CDT CD transport, incorporating the same isolated power supply with a high – eﬃciency toroidal transformer for optimum signal purity.
The inclusion of a DAC stage ensures the 6000N Play can be used with any audio system – simply connect the RCA analogue outputs to a regular ampliﬁer, or a pair of active speakers. Alternatively, take a digital feed (optical or coaxial) direct to an external DAC, or an amp with digital inputs such as audiolab’s 6000A. Naturally, the 6000A is an ideal partner for the 6000N Play; when these two components are paired digitally, an optical or coaxial cable is used to convey the audio signal while a supplied USB control cable enables control of the 6000A volume via the Play-Fi app.
The 6000N Play is conﬁgured and operated via the Play-Fi app, available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire phones and tablets, as well as Apple and Android smartwatches and Windows PCs. It can also stream directly from Spotify via Spotify Connect, and is DLNA and UPnP compliant. There are minimal controls on the component itself – just the standby button and a set of six’ preset’ buttons. These presets operate exactly like those on a DAB or FM tuner; simply select an internet radio station, or a playlist from a compatible streaming service, and store it as a preset for speedy access – no app required.
This operational simplicity, coupled to Play-Fi’s versatility, is key to the 6000N Play’s appeal. For some, it is the perfect way to stream music from the likes of Spotify, Tidal and Deezer, with all the additional functionality of Play-Fi including multi-room audio. For others, it is simply the best way of adding radio to their hi-ﬁ system, with the huge choice of stations available via the internet.
6000N Play Specifications
|Digital Output Level||500 +/- 50mVpp|
|Digital Output||1 x coaxial , 1 x optical|
|Variable Output Voltage||0 – 2.1V|
|Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)||<0.003% (1kHz @0dBFS , BW=20-20kHz)|
|Signal-to-noise Ratio (S/N)||>115dB(A-weighted)|
|Analogue Output Impedance||100Ω|
|Standby Power Consumption||<0.5W|
|Requirements (depending on region)||220V—240V~50/60Hz|
|Dimensions (LxHxW)||445 x 80 x 330mm. including feet, terminals and controls|
|Sampling Rates Supported||128khz|
|Supported Bit Rates||24bit|
|Streaming Services||Spotify, Amazon Music, Amazon HD, Tidal, Quobuz, Deezer|
|Connectivity (RCA/Optical/Bluetooth etc.)||L/R RCA, USB, Wired/Ethernet, Wireless, Digital Optical, Digital CoAxial|
|Remote Control||App Controlled|
|Warranty||2+ Years Manufacturers Warranty|