Universal Network Player Cocktail Audio N25: Sabre32 Reference chip, Roon certificate and built-in tuner
The Cocktail Audio N25 network player, called “the most advanced in the world” by the manufacturer, is based on the ESS ES9018K2M Sabre32 Reference DAC converter and a Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 processor. According to the company, the device was created in accordance with all current requirements, technologies and standards. The power circuit is completely isolated from the analog and digital parts of the player.
The player is able to play music from almost any digital source: USB-drive, network storage, streaming services (including Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz), Internet radio (there is also a DAB+/FM tuner), Bluetooth aptX HD, Spotify Connect, AirPlay, etc.
Supported formats (quality up to 32 bits/384 kHz) include MQA, DXD, HD FLAC, HD WAV, CAF, ALAC, AIFF, DSD (64/128/256), etc. Additionally, Cocktail Studio noted the presence of an HDMI ARC input connector and the multi-room functionality of the device.
On the front panel of the player there is a display with a diagonal of 4.6 inches, a massive volume control, the main buttons for controlling the device, a USB connector and a multifunctional playback control knob. At the back, there is a digital I/O unit, a gold-plated analog RCA output, as well as USB, HDMI and Ethernet ports. There is also an input for the antenna, which is necessary for the built-in tuner.
Remote control is possible via the app or remote control. Optionally, a server for storing music and a Bluetooth transmitter for broadcasting audio to speakers or headphones are available.
Approximate cost about $1500.