Published on May 23rd, 2019 | by The GC Team0
New all-in-one music system from iFi
iFi , sister brand of Abbingdon Music Research (AMR) headquartered in Southport on Merseyside, has launched a new tabletop wireless music system, the Aurora, combining “a unique collection of proprietary technologies, which makes it, says iFi, “unlike any other tabletop music system.”
The unit is clad in bamboo – a material chosen both for its aethetics and its acoustic properties – and supported by a distinctive aluminium frame. Six drive units are contained in the bamboo fins, with a further two bass radiators underneath. The front-mounted control panel has touch-sensitive controls and an OLED display inlaid with bamboo.
The Aurora connects to a home Wi-Fi network and is hi-res audio enabled, supporting data up to 32-bit/192kHz without conversion or downsampling via Wi-Fi, USB or Ethernet cable. Bluetooth streaming has been engineered by iFi to be less “lossy” than off-the-shelf Bluetooth solutions. Bluetooth codecs supported include aptX HD, LDAC and LDHC, as well as AAC and connecting to a Wi-Fi network is achieved with a simple push-button WPS setup. Linkplay’s MUZO Player app – or any UPnP/DLNA streaming app – may be used to configure the system and control music. AirPlay and Spotify Connect are also supported.
Several Auroras may be linked together on a Wi-Fi network to make a seamless multi-room system, playing in sync or controlled individually.
All of the technologies incorporated in the unit operate entirely in the analogue domain to ensure maximum fidelity, without resorting to DSP (Digital Signal Processing) which can have an adverse effect on the purity and resolution of sound.
The iFi Aurora is available from August at an RRP of £1,299 including VAT.