Nativ Vita is a high-resolution streamer and server that’s also one heck of a looker.DigitalAudioReview.com, John Darko
Michael Li of Hong Kong’s Nativ Sound wants to pull on our collective coat about his Vita “High-Resolution Music System And Touchscreen Control Center”. Sounds fancy, looks fancier. In other words, the Vita is a high-resolution streamer and server that’s also one heck of a looker. Canting back in an American oak or walnut plinth sits a “premium-grade 7000 series aluminium” chassis that’s fronted by a Japanese Asahi glass 11.9” touchscreen “with IPS technology”.
Baseline functionality sees the Vita connect to an outboard DAC via four S/PDIF outputs (RCA, Toslink, BNC, AES/EBU) or asynchronous USB over which it will dispatch PCM up to 32bit/384kHz or DSD up to quad rate via its in-built, bit-perfect playback app.
It’ll do MQA too but as the Vita houses no internal DAC of its own, an MQA-compatible D/A converter is still required.
Getting more technical, the press release reads: “Audiophiles will appreciate the high-end digital output stage with independent ultra-low noise power regulators, galvanic isolation and a special in-line filter to eliminate jitter and noise from the audio signal.”
Music can be pulled from 2 x (optional) 2TB SSD/HHD drives, configurable as a straight up 4TB or a RAID-ed 2TB, or from over the LAN via 802.11ac or Gigabit Ethernet.
A Roon playback client is also listed in the Vita’s feature set but requires Roon Core to be running on a Mac or PC elsewhere on the home network.
Music can also be streamed from a LAN-connected smartphone or NAS via the aforementioned in-built playback app (network transmission protocol unspecified).
Streaming from Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and YouTube are also part of the deal.
But the Vita will also stream to other nearby devices; over Bluetooth, over Spotify Connect and over Apple’s AirPlay. It will even stream video content via Google Cast to a larger TV display equipped with a Chromecast. The Vita’s HDMI port is for those not yet be in possession of Google’s video dongle.
Clearly, the Vita begs to be touched. Except if you’re the kind of person for whom even the smallest fingerprint annoys. In which case you’ll want to use Nativ’s iOS and Android apps to control the Vita. Or its in-built voice control. “Simply tell it what to play, adjust the volume or skip to the next track,” says the press release.
According to Li, the underlying operating system is a combination of Linux and Android and is open source, ready for extension by third party software developers.