Audiolab has extended its entry-level 6000 Series Hifi component range with the 6000N Play, a network audio player that adds wireless streaming facilities to any audio system.

Audio Streaming

Users can stream from any source on their wireless network, smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs, as well as NAS drives and music servers, utilising the 6000N 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.

Internet Music Services

The 6000N Play provides access to internet music services including 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, without transcoding or down-sampling.

Read our review of the Audiolab 6000A amplifier and 6000CDT CD transport here

ES9018 Sabre32 Reference DAC

The 6000N Play incorporates a high-quality DAC using the same ES9018 Sabre32 Reference chip found in the Audiolab 6000A integrated amplifier. The inclusion of a DAC stage ensures the 6000N Play can be used with any audio system . 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 6000N Play via the 6000A’s remote handset.

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.

The Audiolab 6000N Play network audio streamer is available from May in a choice of black or silver, at an RRP of £449.95.

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