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Come home to High Resolution
Not all music streaming is created equal. To discover a higher level of streaming enjoyment, treat yourself to High Resolution audio with the Songbird™ HR streamer. This slender desktop module also enables synchronized, multi-room audio for your next house party. You get the phenomenal performance of an ESS SABRE32 digital-to-analog converter. You can even convert your analog LPs to digital streams. And the Songbird HR streamer delivers all these choices to any music system with a line input.
The uncanny transparency of an ESS SABRE32 converter
Even in the rarefied air of High Resolution audio components, the Songbird HR streamer stands apart. It incorporates an acclaimed SABRE32 digital-to-analog converter from ESS. Often chosen for professional audio gear, the SABRE32 converter pampers your 24-bit audio with 32-bit internal processing and unique HyperStream® architecture. While the specifications are staggering, the more important result is effortlessly transparent sound.
The resolution of 24 bits and 192 kHz
The “HR” in the name stands for High Resolution streaming, available from Qobuz, Deezer, Amazon, and Tidal. (Streaming service fees may apply.) This goes way beyond CD-quality sound. The Compact Disc represented the range from dead silence to the loudest possible sounds with 16-bit quantizing. CD was also limited to a sampling rate of 44 kHz. But technology has moved far forward. Spectacular 24-bit/192-kHz digital audio delivers an altogether higher level of fidelity. This performance is now yours to savor with the Songbird HR streamer.
Your favorite sources and streams in one place
You’ll be amazed at the variety of supported music streams, starting with Spotify, Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon Prime, Napster, and Deezer. That’s not to mention thousands of Internet radio stations via iHeartRadio, vTuner,
and TuneIn. (Streaming service fees may apply.) But wait, there’s more. You can also enjoy music stored on your personal devices via Windows® DLNA, Apple®
AirPlay® 2 or Bluetooth 5. You can even hear files from a USB thumb drive! The Songbird
HR streamer connects to your network via Ethernet or dual band Wi-Fi.
While some streaming services have gaps between songs, the Songbird HR streamer also gets the best from services with gapless playback, such as Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify, and Amazon Prime. (Streaming service fees may apply.)
iOS® and Android® app
We put the music at your fingertips with the intuitive Songbird Control app, available free at the Apple Store and Google Play.
High Resolution digital output
To bring your analog sources onto your digital network, we paired the ESS SABRE32 digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with a matching SABRE32 analog-to-digital converter (ADC). This gives you phenomenal, High Resolution output to your network.
The streaming network output can be received by other Songbird HR and HRA streamers throughout the house, enabling you to party with music in any – or every – room. You can even stream vinyl from any LP system that has a line level output, such as our SpinStage™ phono preamp. Of course, multi-room performance depends on network traffic and signal quality.
* This does not include original Songbird, due to a new Amazon security protocol
** Alternatively you may use a turntable with a built-in phono preamp
|Features||SONGBIRD HR||SONGBIRD HRA|
|Local Network||DLAN, Airplay 2||"|
|Streaming Source||Spotify, Qobuz, iHeartRadio, Tidal, Amazon Prime, Napster, Deezer, and more to come||"|
|Internet Radio||iHeartRadio, vTuner, TuneIn||"|
|Other||"My Music" local files, USB Thumb Drive||"|
|Input Bitrate||Up to 24bit/192kHz||"|
|Output Bitrate||Streaming/Network up to 24bit/192kHz. Auxillary output 16bit/48kHz||"|
|Audio Codecs||MP3, AAC, ALAC, APE, FLAC, WAV, WMA, OGG||"|
|WiFi||Dual Band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Ghz and 5 Ghz network||"|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0, SBC/AAC Codecs, Receive/Transmit||"|
|Inputs||Aux(Line), Optical SPDIF, Coaxial SPDIF||"|
|Outputs||Aux(Line), Optical SPDIF, Coaxial SPDIF (HR only), Subwoofer (HRA only), Speakers (HRA Only)||"|
|Line Output Voltage||2Vrms max||"|
|Voice Control||Works with Alexa (via separate Alexa device) and Siri (via Airplay 2)||"|
|Multiroom||With compatible devices||"|
|RMS Power Output||n/a||75 W / Ch into 4-Ohms < 1% THD (typ<0.1%)|
|THD @ 1W||n/a||<0.005%|
|S/N Ratio||n/a||111dB A-Wtd|