"The Sheer Versatility Is Impressive"
The Cocktail Audio X30 is a revolutionary hi-fi component consisting of an all-in-one smart HD music server, network streamer, CD ripper, music storage unit and integrated amplifier. It comes with 4GB of built-in memory, and you can add your own internal hard drive for other storage options.
"Nothing else we’ve reviewed so far has come close to the combination of amp, streamer and server here offered by Cocktail Audio," notes England's What Hi-fi? magazine. "The sheer versatility of the X30 is impressive…"
High-quality sound through Burr-Brown HD DAC
For high-quality sound output, CA X30 features the famous Burr-Brown PCM1792A DAC and a TCXO oscillator. The high-performance DSP chipset (700 Mhz MIPS host CPU) and the software/firmware exclusively developed in-house supports a wide range of digital audio file formats. You can enjoy APE/CUE, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, PCM, MP3, WMA, M4A, AAC, AIFF, AIF, Ogg Vorbis and Playlist (PLS, M3U), including high resolution (24-bit/192 kHz) FLAC and WAV files.
The CA X30 can play back multiple tracks with no gap between them. This is a useful function for fans of operatic or classical music, which is composed of multiple tracks.
The CA X30 includes a recording function for Internet radio, FM radio, and its line-in input. The 24-bit/192 kHz ADC chip allows for high-resolution recording for superior sound quality.
High-speed Optical Drive for Ripping CDs
For fast CD ripping, the CA X30 uses a front-loading optical disc drive (ODD) with 24x high speed. It can rip a CD with a 60-minute playing time CD in less than 10 minutes. Once it's done ripping, the X30 will catalog your CD collection by album, artist, genre, and year, and will also store all ripped CDs into the music database. The X30 provides four encoding options for ripping. Choose WAV, FLAC, MP3, or OGG.
Multiple Inputs and Outputs for Versatile Connectivity
The CA X30 offers a variety of audio inputs and outputs for connection to other audio devices, as well as to a TV. Three digital outputs, two analog outputs, two digital inputs, and two analog inputs allow high connectivity with multiple devices. And the dual digital inputs mean the CA X30 can be used as a DAC with other digital audio sources.
The three digital outputs consist of Toslink optical, coaxial, and AES/EBU XLR, which support up to 24-bit/192 kHz. This means the X30 can be used as an audio server and source device if you wish to use an existing external amplifier and DAC.
Built-in Integrated Amplifier
Since the CA X30 has its own built-in amplifier section, you can connect it directly to a pair of speakers and enjoying listening to your digital music files. A TI high-performance stereo digital amplifier chip, isolated power source circuit design and TCXO oscillator – with low noise and low distortion – makes CA X30 an ideal hi-fi component for your bookshelf speakers or high quality floorstanding speakers.
Adding to the versatility, the X30 also has a built-in FM tuner for great reception of your favorite stations.
Connect to Your Network
The CA X30 features GigaFast Ethernet LAN for a wired network connection and USB host ports (one on the front, two on the rear) for the optional 801.11b/g/n WiFi USB dongle or other external USB devices.
A built-in Web Interface (Web UI) for various web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari allows the management and controlling of the music collection on the X30, such as adding album covers, creating playlists, playing internet radio, editing metadata, displaying the collection, and much more.
Using the Ethernet connection or the optional WiFi dongle allows you to connect the CA X30 to your home network to access tens of thousands of internet radio stations (Reciva). Online music streaming services like Spotify and Rhapsody will be added at a later date.
Isolated Power Supply Circuitry
The X30 has isolated power supply circuitry design for its digital and analog sections. By using a stable and very quiet linear power supply for audio power, the X30 minimizes jitter by eliminating interference caused by AC power and other devices connected to the AC power line. Additionally, the high performance switching mode power supply (SMPS) developed in-house provides stable power to non-audio components with minimal noise.
Intuitive Front Panel Controls and LCD Screen
Intuitive front panel controls provide quick access to basic functions such as power, volume/mute, OK/Pause/Scroll, and four menu keys for the GUI of the full-color 5" LCD screen. The input selector key allows you to seamlessly switch between input devices and also features a mute mode that can be toggled at the push of the volume knob.
Using its HDMI output, you can use an external big screen, such as a monitor or TV, as its GUI screen. You can also view a photo slideshow while you're listening to music. The CA X30 supports various picture file formats like JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and BMP.
App for iOS and Android
With the help of a free app, you can control the CA X30 using a smartphone or tablet PC. Cocktail Audio recommends ‘Eyecon’ for Android and ‘Sitecom media controller' for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod).
Add Your Own Hard Drive for Digital File Storage
For storing digital music files, the CA X30 supports a 3.5” SATA hard disk or a 2.5” SATA hard disk or solid state drive (SSD) as storage. A customized storage drive bay drawer allows quick and easy installation. If you install an SSD as storage, the X30 will offer noiseless operation, as it has no cooling fan.
Currently, the CA X30 supports up to 4TB with a 3.5" hard disk, up to 1TB with a 2.5" hard disk and up to 500 GB of SSD. Increased capacity will be supported by a firmware update.
Rugged and Durable Casework
The CA X30 front panel is 8mm thick aluminum with CNC cutting and metal chassis. The die-cast aluminum feet provide rigidity along with additional resistance from external vibrations.
"Nothing else we’ve reviewed so far has come close to the combination of amp, streamer and server here offered by Cocktail Audio."
"The sheer versatility of the X30 is impressive…"
- What Hi-fi? magazine