Le boîtier Octavio Stream. © Octavio

Octavio Stream review, the streaming box that brings old audio systems back to life

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If you are one of those music lovers who unfortunately put their stereo away because they couldn’t use it with flow Current events, what will follow should rejoice you. Discover Futura and experience the Octavio Stream, a connected chest wireless That you can simply connect one of the inputs of your audio system and thanks to it you will be able to play music Across No streaming service.

The secret weapon of this device is that it supports playback in HD quality (the strongest format available for streaming) without loss of up to 24bit/192kHz. For €199, the Octavio Stream is aimed at people who want to update their somewhat outdated sound system or music lovers who are looking for a simple streaming solution from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer Premium, Qobuz, Tides To install their Hi-Fi without losing sound quality.

Before delving into the heart of the matter, a few words about Octavio. This young French company was founded by two musicology students. The design of the broadcast box was born as part of their study before it led to the creation of a device start. The electronics come from Asia, but the case manufacturing, packaging and assembly of the device are carried out in France in Tourcoing and the surrounding areas. As a result, Octavio Stream is not only designed for fans for him of quality but Gate So did the values ​​of this young company, which preferred French and local manufacturing.

All-purpose design

Octavio Stream comes in the form of a rectangular case with rounded corners and compact dimensions (118 x 64 x 21 mm). It is made in plastic Black and white injectors are fairly versatile.

On the back of the Octavio Stream case, a USB-C . port For power, volume output and an on/off button. It is compatible with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 5.0 The device was delivered to us by cable analog RCA type but you can choose a 3.5mm jack cable or a cable upon request. Digital mini toslink / toslink depending on the device you want to connect the reader to.

Quality Oriented Electronics

Under the cover there is a file Healer ARM Cortex-A53 and A DAC (digital to analog converter) PCM5102 which can access the format digital direct stream (DSD) used by Super Audio CD. Octavio says he spent a lot of time improving the integration of this component. “ It has a good compromise between the sincere (spatial) aspect and the warm and musical presentation. ‘, the stylists explained to us.

Fund supports coding Audio codecs, FLAC, OGG, ALAC, WMA, APE and MP3. It is also compatible with AirPlay 2 and can support playback no gap (without gap between pieces) Across Qubuz. Wi-Fi connection does not force any pressure Noise that may affect sound quality. Material sciences result
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Rediscover true Hi-Fi quality

For this test, we connected an Octavio Stream box to a subwoofer. It consists of a barrier reef and several land masses formed after the accumulation of material of origin left behind… “data-image =” https://cdn.futura-sciences.com/buildsv6/images/midoriginal/2/b/e/ 2bedb5e475_50038548_nukuoro-atoll-nasa.jpg “data-url =” https://news.google.com/planete/Definitions/oceanography-atoll-12211 / “data-more =” read more “>I take IN80 SE and a pair of Jean-Marie Reynaud Opus speakers that have been dormant for several years in garage, replaced by the multiroom system. We tested the device using the standard version of Spotify and the French service Qobuz that delivers CD-quality (16bit/44.1kHz) and Hi-Res (24bit/96kHz) music.

Between the fund’s connection and the configuration of its programs Across a smart phone Pixel 6 ProIt took us less than five minutes to get started Listening to music. We started with some tracks from Spotify which automatically detected Octavio steam. Everything worked as expected and our Hi-Fi installation was back up and running in the blink of an eye.eye Taking advantage of the flexibility of broadcasting.

But it was Qobuz who piqued our interest so much for promising us to listen to Hi-Res lossless. There is a disappointment to discover that the auto-connect function is not available inRequest. Fault not because of Octavio but to Quboz. We asked the French broadcasting service about it, which assured us that this function was their top priority, without giving us an exact timeline for its delivery.

To use Qobuz, we switched to the Octavio Virtuose app, which can be linked to the current major streaming music services: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, and Apple Music. The interface is clear and well designed and strives to reproduce the peculiarities of each platform. But we don’t find all of its benchmarks, and experience with Qobuz left us somewhat unsatisfied, especially in terms of search engine and recommendations.

On the other hand, the listening quality is just right, with some titles, 192kHz 24-bit Hi-Res audio. We’ve happily rediscovered all the musical features of our Opus loudspeakers, with sound that’s most dimensionless and refined in the world. The history of the universe began about 13.7 billion years ago. Years in a very thick and hot soup. The laws of physics as we are… “data-image=” https://cdn.futura-sciences.com/buildsv6/images/midoriginal/1/5/5/1557798396_80921_universe.jpg “data-url=” https:// news.google.com/sciences/definitions/astronomy-universe-15239/ “data-more=”read more”>Universe subordinate Connected Speakers modern. In fact, when the wave frequency…”data-image=” https://cdn.futura-sciences.com/buildsv6/images/midoriginal/f/8/7/f87769a6ae_79977_transparent. jpg “data-url = “https://news.google.com/sciences/definitions/physics-transparent-1646/” data-more = “read more”>Transparency A typical Octavio stream.

Futura opinion

Octavio Steam lives up to its mission and delivers on its promise to bring classic sound systems back to life. It’s a great option for anyone who owns a Hi-Fi system that they no longer use or would like to update and a good way to combat unnecessary obsolescence.

Love

  • Quick and easy installation
  • Sober and discreet design
  • The ability to stream music with high sound quality without loss
  • Perfect for music lovers who want to enjoy streaming without giving up their devices

We love less

  • Perfect level of finishing

Futura Note

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