Introduced at Hi-End Munich in 2013, aria are a family of music servers designed for people for whom a powerful and easy-to-use music library management tool is crucial. “aria servers series are the only ones on the market to support an unlimited number of extended metadata fields for any music genre” the company’s most recent press release tells us. Users can sort and view their music collection in multiple ways such as: albums from the romantic (Period) for piano (Instrument), played by Maurizio Pollini (Soloist).
aria piccolo music server
aria piccolo, is a ripper, streamer, multi-room player and DLNA server which has been designed for budget conscious users and sets a new reference in price/performance ratio for an all-in-one system. It incorporates a fanless design with ultra-low power consumption, so it can always be keep on and ready to play your favorite music. aria piccolo is available in the two storage configurations: 2TB HDD or 1TB SSD, additional capacity can be provided with an external HDD or a NAS. The model can also be specified without DAC or with an internal DAC supporting up to 32bits-384KHz and DSD256.
New for the aria piccolo is the support for Bluetooth 4.0, wifi 802.11.ac and a new semi-custom computer board from intel with a new powerful Celeron processor.
Its external optional DVD-R drive allows fully automatic ripping, providing fast rips and error-free data retrieval. It has “the best metadata retrievals on the market, thanks to automatic access to three premium databases: Rovi, GD3 and SonataDB, and two additional open access databases: FreeDB and Musicbrainz”. Its optional built-in DAC supports the latest technologies such as DSD256 and up to 32bits-384KHz PCM (DXD) formats provide high resolution audiophile sound quality”.
On the software side, aria mini brings the unique extended metadata fields capability of DigiBit’s music server product line, error-free ripping, bit perfect retrieval, gapless playback and support for the most common digital audio formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, MP3 and AAC.
aria piccolo can play different music programs in different rooms by streaming to Airplay™ and DLNA™ compatible devices. You may also listen your music collection with headphones streamed to your control device. Furthermore, you can stream your favorite internet radio or music services available on your device to the aria piccolo server.
The free multilanguage iOS and Android apps that controls aria are extremely easy to use and very powerful with unique music library views, playlists management, intelligent search engine and tagging capability. The wide varieties of search parameters alone are unlike any other system currently known.
aria piccolo will ship worldwide on December 1st. Price: from $1,895 in USA and from 1.665€ in Europe (VAT not included) with 2TB HDD and DVD-R drive for ripping, the DAC option adds $450 or 417€ (VAT not included) .