Playback of music files stored on a hard-disk or via streaming from the Internet has arrived at the audiophile’s home. The MAN301 network player is a powerhouse in terms of features, versatility and sonic quality. Using the professionally maintained Gracenote database for metadata and cover art fetching, the MAN301 has a big edge over competing devices.
The MAN301 is an extremely versatile Music Archive manager and Network Player with an Apple® iPad remote control unit and e.g. a NAS type external storage medium. It is a system for music archiving, music library maintenance, music playback, CD ripping and playback, Internet radio streaming and more.
A complete MAN301 system consists of:
- The MAN301 Base Station.
- An external NAS (Network Attached Storage) device, typically a hard disk or an array of harddisks. This allows for virtually unlimited storage space for music files.
- An iPad device with the Weiss MAN app for remote control of the Base Station.
- A means of accessing the Internet by the Base Station for fetching CD cover art, CD metadata or for streaming music.
The MAN301 serves as a complete audio system including audio source and pre-amplifier. It can be connected directly to power amplifiers or active speakers, allowing for a sleek, minimal system. A typical configuration is to connect the MAN301 to an Ethernet router which in turn is connected to the Internet and to a storage device, like a NAS unit.
The MAN301 comes in two versions, the “DAC” version includes a D/A Converter (the MAN301DAC), the “SERVER” version has digital outputs only for connecting an external D/A Converter (the MAN301SERVER). The SERVER version can be user upgraded to the DAC version at any time.