The Omnia integrated amplifier from the British company Audiolab is a device to which the motto “just add speakers” is quite suitable. Everything else (at least from the point of view of the average audio lover) is already there.
The Audiolab Omnia is ready to stream, play CDs and drive turntables with a built-in JFET phono stage. All of this is illustrated on a full color screen with a resolution of 800×480 with a diagonal of 4.3 inches in the center of the bezel.
The built-in amplifier of the novelty works in class AB. The power is 2x50W with 8 Ohm speakers, and on 4 Ohms it is already 2x75W. Three linear analog inputs are complemented by the input of an MM-phono stage, there is also a “direct” input to the power amplifier.
From digital interfaces, the device received two optical and two coaxial SPDIF inputs, as well as USB B and USB A ports. To this we add the ability to receive audio via Bluetooth from aptX/aptX LL and a 12V trigger. The USB input is used to update the firmware.
A LAN connector and/or 2-band Wi-Fi will allow multi-room, and through DTS Play-Fi, the owner of the Audiolab Omnia will have access to Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz, Audacy, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and SiriusXM. The same technology works with local network audio storage. In addition, the Audiolab Omnia can play files from USB memory devices or act as a computer sound card.
In this case, the built-in 32-bit ES9038Q2M ESS Saber DAC with an active filter and specially selected opamp will work with PCM audio with a resolution up to 32 bit/768 kHz or DSD up to 22.5 MHz (DSD512).
Audiolab Omnia can reads FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and WAV files, as well as compressed and even outdated formats. The novelty can be controlled from Android, iOS, Kindle Fire or Windows PC. The Audiolab Omnia will be available in black or silver as early as December.
In the UK, the Audiolab Omnia integrated amplifier will cost £1,600.