High-Performance, Hi-Res Network Player
Cocktail Audio’s X45 does so much, it’s almost easier to list things it doesn’t do, such as taking your clothes to the dry cleaner or feeding the dog. The X45 is a high-resolution audio player and DAC featuring Dual Sabre32 reference DAC chips, a CD ripper, music server, network streamer, music recorder, and much more.
The technical aspects of this network music player are formidable. Equipped with high-performance Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1.0Ghz, it boasts a 16-core microcontroller with advanced RISC architecture for high performance USB DAC functionality plus separate dual ESS ES9018K2M Sabre32 Reference DAC chips for the right and left channels. An oversize toroidal transformer minimizes idle noise, while the isolated power source circuit design for digital and analog sections eliminates contamination and keeps noise vanishingly low.
The X45 fully supports MQA, along with DSD (64 / 128 / 256), DXD (24-Bit / 352.8 kHz), PCM signals up to 32-Bit-/-384 kHz, including 24-Bit / 192 kHz WAV/FLAC and full range hi-res audio file formats.
You can connect a turntable directly to the X45 to play and record an LP via the MM moving magnet input with built-in MM phono stage. Record other analog sources, like a cassette deck, and also record from the built-in DAB+/FM radio, Internet radio to X45 MusicDB via recording function with hi-res sampling rate 192 kHz. You can also play hi-res files (like MQA, DSD, etc.) in your PC directly through the X45 via its advanced USB DAC functionality.
High Connectivity and Control
The X45 features a GigaFast Ethernet LAN for a wired network connection. It provides versatile network functions, including major music streaming services (TIDAL, TIDAL MQA, Deezer, Qobuz, Napster) and Internet Radio (Airable). It is ‘Roon Ready’, accommodating the famous music player for music lovers and uses the customized remote control app, NOVATRON MusicX, for iOS and Android. A customized WebInterface (WebUI) also provides remote control and MusicDB management via PC.
You can also connect wirelessly to the X45 using the optional Cocktail Audio USB Wi-fi Dongle (sold separately) that plugs into one of the USB ports. With the wireless function, you can greatly increase the control options and flexibility of this great component! You can control the X45 remotely using mobile devices including an iPhone, iPad, or iPod or using Android smartphones and tablets by downloading free UPnP apps. Play songs from iOS devices on the Cocktail Audio X45 wireless with the ‘Share-play’ function (Cocktail Audio ‘s own version of Apple AirPlay).
High-speed Optical Drive for Ripping CDs
For fast CD ripping, the X45 uses a front-loading optical disc drive (ODD) with 24x high speed. It can rip a CD with a 60-minute playing time CD in less than 10 minutes. Once it’s done ripping, the X45 will catalog your CD collection by album, artist, genre, and year, and will also store all ripped CDs into the music database in FLAC, ALAC, WAV, or MP3 file formats. The CD ripping CD is augmented by professional CD metadata and album cover art provided by Gracenote.
Multiple Digital Inputs and Outputs
The X45 offers a variety of digital audio inputs and outputs for connection to other audio devices. The three digital outputs consist of Toslink optical, coaxial, and AES/EBU XLR, which support up to 24-bit/192 kHz. This means the X40 can be used as an audio server and source device if you wish to use an existing external amplifier and/or DAC.
For quick data transfer, the X45 offers two high speed USB3.0 host ports. A USB Audio Class 2.0 output lets you connect an external USB DAC. The HDMI output lets you connect an external screen like a TV to use as the X45’s GUI screen or audio signal out.
That’s wired connectivity. What about wireless? You can play songs from iOS devices and music from Spotify wirelessly, too.
Balanced and Unbalanced Analog Outs
In addition to its digital connections, the X45 gives you high quality analog pre-outs for playback through your AV gear. The unbalanced RCA outputs offer a dynamic range of 130dB (Max 2Vrms, stereo) THD +N: 0.0004%. The balanced AES/EBU XLR outputs provide a dynamic range of 130dB (Max 4.5Vrms, stereo) THD +N: 0.0004%.
For an intimate listening experience, the high quality headphone out with 1/4? jack provides sensitivity of 100mW+100mW@1Khz, 600ohm, 0.1% THD.
Intuitive Front Panel Controls and LCD Screen
Intuitive front panel controls provide quick access to basic functions and menu keys for the large 7-inch TFT LCD (1024 x 600 pixels) screen for intuitive GUI. Using its HDMI output, you can use an external big screen, such as a monitor or TV, as its GUI screen. You can also view a photo slideshow while you’re listening to music. The X45 supports various picture file formats like JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and BMP.
Add Your Own Hard Drive for Digital File Storage
For storing digital music files, the X45 supports a 3.5? SATA hard disk or a 2.5? SATA hard disk or solid state drive (SSD) as storage. A customized storage drive bay drawer allows quick and easy installation. Currently, the X45 support up to 8TB of storage using a 3.5″/2.5″ hard disk or SSD.
Rugged and Durable Casework
The X45 front panel is 13mm thick aluminum with CNC cutting and metal chassis. The die-cast aluminum feet provide rigidity along with additional resistance from external vibrations.
- Codec and Format Support: MQA, PCM 384Khz/32Bit, DSD (DSD64, DSD128, DSD256), DXD (24Bit/352.8KHz), HD WAV (24Bit/192KHz), HD FLAC (24Bit/192KHz), APE/CUE, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, AIF, AAC, M4A, MP3, WMA, CAF, Ogg Vorbis, PCM, M3U, PLS, and more
- Network Protocols Supported: UPnP (DLNA) Server / Client / Media Renderer, Samba Server/Client, FTP Server, Web Server, etc.
- 12-volt Trigger Out: Max 200mA, 12V
- Power Source: AC 220V – 240V, 50/60Hz
- Dimensions: 17.3″ (W) x 13″ (D) x 4.0″ (H) (4.3″ with feet)