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Cocktail Audio - X12 - CD Ripper - Music Server & Streamer - Black
- High performance stereo digital power amplifier with dynamic 60 Watts x 2 power output.
- 4.3 inch TFT LCD screen with full color user-friendly graphical user interface.
- CD Ripping with CD metadata including album cover art.
- Streaming playback and control using mobile devices (UPnP-DLNA media server and renderer).
- Play songs from iOS devices on the X12 wirelessly with Shareplay.
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The Cocktail Audio X12 is an all-in-one digital audio source and integrated amplifier that is loaded with features. It offers numerous possibilities for enjoying your favorite music in any format and resolution up to 192kHz via Digital Output. Load your vinyl and cassette tape colletions to the X12 in CD quality. CD Ripping with CD metadata including album cover art. Streaming playback and control using mobile devices (UPnP-DLNA media server and renderer). Supported music streaming services: Qobuz, Simfy and Reciva internet radio. Play songs from iOS devices on the X12 wirelessly with Shareplay. The X12 has a well-organized Music Database built-in. Display all songs by album, artist, genre, composer or title and even search. The X12 supports a several different file formats including: Hires 24bit-192kHz WAV and FLAC files, Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC), APE-CUE, M4A, AIFF, etc. Convert existing audio files into other formats, (e.g. MP3, FLAC, WAV, M4A) for use on other devices - MP3 player, car stereo, etc. Connect the X12 to your network to stream music to and from other devices, listen to cloud based music services and control remotely using mobile devices. Control remotely using mobile devices including: iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets by downloading free UPnP Apps. Use the Cocktail Audio Web Interface to control the X12 and manage the Music DB remotely. Manage your files (Copy, move or delete) over a network thanks to support for Samba. The X12 supports up to 4TB 3.5 and 2.5 inch SATA HDDs (Hard Disk Drives) and also SSDs (Solid State Drives) sold separately. Built-in CD player supports CD, CD-DA, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R-RW. Analog pre-amp output and headphone jack. Tos-Link and Coaxial Digital Audio Output. Analog audio input. 1 Front and 2 Rear USB ports. RJ-45 wired networking and WiFi via USB dongle. Power: 100-240 V AC 50-60 Hz (universal). Dimensions: 180mm W x 100mm H x 150mm D (7 x 4 x 6 inches).
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The system is extremely slow, more if you turn off the unit. It can take you a good 5 minutes before you can start playing some music.
Trying to just play all your music in shuffle mode is impossible, you can just listen to playlists or album/artist, but this however is also faulty, especially when playing playlists.
The sound quality is 'good enough', but not great. I guess for the price you get what you pay for.
Again, I think the idea of the x12 is great, and eventually the folks from CocktailAudio will get there, but a lot of things need to improve before the user experience and interface is good.
The web based remote works sometimes... and try moving the volume up and down if the system is ripping and playing music at the same time. Good luck with that at is impossible.
Editing album information and tags is 'easy' but a manual process in a song-by-song mode.
The system also does not recognize the same artists if the name of the artist is capitalized in some cases, so you can see two artists, for example Radiohead and radiohead are categorized as different artists.
If you have a fairly large CD library, this can become quite annoying and cumbersome to fix, as you will have to go manually into each album and change the artist name on EACH song of the album...
Finally the instruction manual is hard to read and understand. I am an Electric Engineer, and even then some parts of it were just difficult to get from the manual and I just had to play around with the system to understand how to do them.
My only complaint is that the web interface is primitive at best and clunky to use. When ripping CDs, often the album/track info on the CD is often inconsistent/incomplete and so I have to manually edit after ripping via the web interface. It's usable but a real pain.
At first had some issues using a 5400rpm drive but after installing 7200 rpm drive system works great. I have a 3GB drive and have ripped over 1000 cd's in FLAC format with this little system. Highly recommend it.
Theoretically the unit has the capacity for thousands of CD's, however the user interface is so poorly designed that finding a particular CD among a large library is like looking a needle in a haystack.
The X12 is unable to read CD tags and instead relies on a public source called freeDB to populate the CD information which is which wrong 99% of the time thus forcing you to edit the database for each and every CD. Editing CD information is such a tedious process that it isn't practical. Fortunately the web interface is helpful in that regard. However, that web interface is not available to a network receiver. Searching through the database to play music through a network receiver is difficult because the CD's are not listed alphabetically but in the order they were recorded. For all practical purposes you are limited to the X12 to play your music. I've tried using the X12 as a direct input device to a receiver and failed there too. The direct output signals of the X12 to an external receiver are weak and require that the volume be driven so high that noise and distortion are unacceptable. Strangely enough that seems to be the case for both analog and optical outputs. I tried with 3 different amplifiers. And customer service is non-existent. I emailed Cocktail Audio about this issue but never got a reply. On top of its usability flaws, the X12 software has countless bugs, too many to list here.
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