Tablet-sized music player gets hand on hi-res audio., Stanley Goodner

With the availability of music streaming apps and ever-expanding options of flash drive storage, it’s no wonder that mobile devices reign for media consumption. But a new startup is ready to show how bigger can mean better, catering to dedicated enthusiasts and audiophiles alike. The Nativ Sound Vita music server is designed to offer touchscreen access to all music with innovative voice control and wireless multi-room playback.

Most high-end digital audio players, such as the Astell&Kern AK380Fiio X7, or Onkyo DP-X1 stick to a convenient, pocket-sized form. With its 11.6-in IPS LCD touchscreen, built-in hard disk drives (up to 4 TB), and series of inputs, the Nativ Sound Vita comes across more like a combination tablet and audio command center. This player is capable of streaming music via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth aptX, NAS/HDD, asynchronous USB 2.0, or SPDIF, supporting resolutions up to DSD256 and 32-bit/384 kHz PCM.

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