|Item Weight||2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||4.4 x 8.25 x 1.75 inches|
|Item model number||DS-S101-G|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Color Name||Dark pewter|
|Number of Component Outputs||Stereo RCA x 2, 1 Coaxial Digital, 1 Optical Digital|
|Special Features||USB Input for connecting an external hard drive or flash drive|
ELAC Discovery Music Server
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- Automatically organizes you music collection with rich multi-level metadata
- Supports popular Hi-Resolution music formats such as WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF up to 24-Bit 192kHz
- Multi-Zone Capable - Enjoy the same or different music in multiple rooms
- Integrated Tidal Music support - Separate subscription required
- Control and manage your library from your iPad, iPhone, Android Tablet, Android Phone, Windows PC or Macintosh PC.
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Adding music to another room has never been easier. Once your Discovery Music server is connected to your homes wireless router simply add a compatible (AirPlay) speaker to your home and the Discovery will do the rest. Now you can enjoy either the same or completely different music in another room. The Discovery also provides three separate local outputs!
Tidal Music Streaming
Keeping in line with quality music, the lossless, high-fidelity music streaming service Tidal has been tightly integrated into the Discovery’s software*. Content from your local collection and content from Tidal are presented in the same beautiful, easy-to-use interface.
* Separate subscription required for Tidal.
High Resolution Audio Support
The Discovery Music Server supports most popular High Resolution formats such as AIFF, WAV, FLAC, and ALAC. Support for bit depths up 24-Bit and sampling rates up to 192kHz.
Multi-Device User Interface
The Discovery Music Server can be controlled from a variety of devices. The Roon Essentials Remote app is available for Windows 7, 8, and 10, OSX 10.8 and Higher, Android Tablets and Phones (Android 4.4 and Higher) and Apple iPad and iPhone support (iOS 64-Bit devices only).
One component infinite sound. Discover the world of computer audio without the computer. The Discovery Music Server solves one of the biggest hurdles in computer audio: the computer. And it offers the power of a full music server without the need for a laptop or desktop computer. Enjoy local and streaming music, rich multi-dimensional metadata and multi-room audio-with support for multiple synchronized zones-all with the Room Essentials interface that anyone can master in a few minutes. SPECIFICATIONS CONNECTIONS Analog outputs (independent zones): 2 Coaxial output (independent zone): 1 (192kHz 24-Bit Max) Optical output: 1 (192kHz 24-Bit Max) USB port (mass storage class): 1 USB 2. 0 Ethernet port: 1 Gigabit Ethernet END POINT SUPPORT Discovery AirPlay Room End Point CONTROL & USER INTERFACE ROON Essentials Control app: For iOS (64-bit Devices), Android (4. 4 and higher), Windows (7, 8, and 10) and Apple OSX (10. 8 and higher) FORMAT SUPPORT Supported Audio Formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, OGG, MP3, AAC 192kHz 24-Bit Audio Formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC Native Support for SPDIF/COAX: 24kHz - 192kHz INTEGRATED STREAMING SERVICES: Tidal Track Limit: 15, 000 Tracks (Combination of Personal and Tidal Content) MULTI-ROOM SUPPORT Type: Wired and Wireless Synchronized Audio: Yes POWER SUPPLY & CONSUMPTION Power Consumption Normal Operation: 4. 8 Watts DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT Dimensions (WxHxD): 8-1/4″ x 1-7/8″ x 4-5/16 Weight: 2lbs NOTE: The Discovery can be controlled using the free Room Essentials app for Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android. All specifications subject to change. Disclaimers and Legal Information Room Copyright 2015 Room Labs LLC Tidal Copyright 2013 Aspiro Music AS. All Rights Reserved ELAC Copyright 2016 ELAC GMBH Third Party content services may be changed, suspended, interrupted, or discontinued at any time without notice, and ELAC disclaims any liability in connection with such occurrences.
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Silly me. I thought that since there were two different digital output ports that I could use one for my amp and the other for my headphone amp. No. There are two ports, but there is only one output. I can use either port for my optical but not both. Putting two cables in crashes the server. I bought a DAC/Amp specifically to use the second port. So, I have to manually go over to the device and unplug one cable and plug in the other.
Back to running Roon off my laptop. My Mac allows me to switch audio out to two different ports, optical or USB, which my headphone amp/DAC will accept. With the combination of the inability to connect with either of my two NAS servers, which is probably a hardware problem, and the two but really one deceptive digital out ports I'm returning this.
I would actually rate this as a 3.5 but am pushing it up for value.
*Good sound. I switched from a Macbook Pro 13 inch as my music server to this. I think the signal is a tiny bit better and I already liked the Macbook.
*Great price. Considering that Roon costs five hundred bucks and it comes included with this the value is top notch.
*Small size. Put a small Linux computer and only have it run Roon as an OS works well here.
*Easy to get running - more below
*Plays just about every format but DSD. I have both Apple Lossless and FLAC. No problems.
*There are only optical and coax digital connections. That leave the use of USB DACs off the table and those are the most common at the less than high end.
*Requires an external hard drive to do more than run Tidal or Spotify. Figure that into your cost.
*Have to use a phone, tablet or computer to run this. I knew this before I bought the unit so can't mark it down for this.
*I can't get the unit to connect to either of my NAS drives. I have a Synology and a Western Digital. It will connect to a USB storage drive but that has to be disconnected from the ELAC and attached to my computer to add songs. Support has been very pleasant but not gotten this going.
*The LED on the front of the unit is very bright.
*30,000 track limit. Not a problem in my case but worth noting if you have a big music collection.
I got this because I have been using Roon on my Mac server and was thinking of buying the the permanent license. Since this is only twice the cost of the license I saw this as a good value. I run it from my Macbook, iPad and Android phone. Connection is easy and control is pretty good. Roon isn't my favorite music player. The interface can't be greatly customized. On the other hand it is excellent as a music discovery service.
It works with Tidal, which I subscribe too. Tidal offers a CD quality subscription and I do notice the little bit extra audio quality over the MP3s that other services top out at. Roon has a feature that will automatically populate my Tidal favorites. I turned this on and it gave me almost 2500 albums, which is total overwhelm. The first two artists on the list were Adele and Pat Boon. Ah, no. There were so many albums that I deleted the datebase and started over without the auto favorite checked. Maybe if you like only one type of music it would be helpful but it chose from my imported iTunes playlist. I have just about every genre of music in there. I have wide tastes but very narrow preferences. Thanks for the help but no thanks.
I'm still working on getting it to recognize my NAS shares. Both my drives are working fine on my network. The WD drive is for my photos and the Synology had music and videos that are available for my other devices, just not the ELAC.
Everything is running reliably, and Roon and its interface are fantastic for sorting and organizing a music library.
… it was somewhat of a pain to get to that point, though.
During the step in the setup that requires you to create a Roon account, the setup process gets stuck. It gives you a 'Unexpected Error: InvalidRequest' error notice.
No help from ELAC whatsoever in resolving this. Roon got back to me by e-mail after a week, but what they suggested did not work. Waiting on another response. Hopefully it doesn't take another week.
At this rate, the issue will probably not be fully resolved before my 30-day return window is up.
Also, in the ELAC support forum there are other people having the same issue - no resolution from ELAC.
I got around this problem by going directly to the Roon website and creating an account and being forced to sign up for the 14-Day Free Trial from Roon (this unit operates on Roon Essentials, not the full Roon system, which is supposed to be free and included for life with the purchase of this product).
This created and account and gave me a Sign In/Password which to use, which worked once I put those in.
So, I will have to cancel the free trial at some point before the 14 days are up so that I don't end up being charged for a full Roon license. We will see if I have any trouble with this at that point. I will update my review.
Additionally, once setup, the Roon Essentials control app installed on a tablet would not recognize the Roon Core (the ELAC Discovery unit). It says 'searching for Core', but never finds anything. Super frustrating - there is no indication anywhere as to how to troubleshoot this.
I got the system working by installing the Roon Essentials control app on a Windows desktop machine.
But, I don't want to control this sitting at a computer...…… that's the whole point of this system: not using a computer.
Sound quality is very good, and browsing and selecting music through the Roon app is fantastic.
But, if I have trouble with the service after having to cancel my 14-Day Free Trial from Roon, OR if I don't easily get the Roon app working on a tablet (I emphasize, easily), this thing is going back.
Which would be a shame because this thing SO close to being amazingly good.
*** UPDATE ***
I cancelled my 14-Day Free Trial with Roon, and the system continues to work flawlessly and is completely stable. It appears that Roon retains my account information and simply updates it as a 'Cancelled' subscription.
I ended up buying a new tablet (Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch) and was able to download the Roon Essentials controlled app and everything worked.
This is annoying because I did not want to buy new hardware simply to operate this system (in other words, buying another tablet just to run one single app). I would like this to operate with the equipment I already have.
[The other tablet was about 3 years old. Don't know if that makes a difference, but it runs absolutely perfect with every other app I use.]
Note on Support:
Roon got back to me once after a week. It has been another week-and-a-half since then and I have not heard from them again.
ELAC has provided ZERO support. I am not even clear as to who or how to contact ELAC at this point.
My system is fully up and running at the moment, so I am not in need of assistance. But, if I was still having a problem, it looks like I would be dead-in-the-water.
**** UPDATE 2 *****
Roon got back to me again after about a week and a half. (So, 2 replies in a period of about 3 weeks). They said the tablet I was using was too old and needed a newer version of the operating system - I kinda figured that out already. They dont seem to know what the 'Unexpected Error: InvalidRequest' error I initially had was about, and brushed it off to ELAC. ELAC is nowhere to be found.
I created a TIDAL account, and it activated on ELAC Discovery/Roon without any problems. Seems to work great and it seems to be integrated into the Roon interface very well.