Novatron Cocktail Audio X10 review: ripping CDs and much more
31 January 2013
Excerpt: There are special LP-to-USB and tape-to-USB devices for easing the process of transferring those formats to your PC, and now Novatron has a device that makes digitizing your CD collection a piece of cake. The Cocktail Audio X10 is stand-alone CD ripper, and much more. It even serves as music streamer and amplifier. Hardware.Info tested it to find out what it does, and how well it does it.
Conclusion: Those new to digital music, and those with a PC after somewhere to back-up a music collection could do worse than Cocktail Audio's networkable X10. Also available with a 1TB HDD, it's easy to use and spits out decent audio, though it will suit those after maximum flexibility rather than audiophiles, as it isn't the last word in sound quality.
Summary: Audiophiles will adore the Cocktail Audio X10, as it offers everything you need in one convenient box. Given that there is also easy access to the hard drive itself, it may well be possible to upgrade without too much hassle in the future. Overall, it’s a great device that works incredibly well and, most importantly, is easy to set up and use!
Summary: With so many people turning to iPods or MP3 those –like me – who have large CD collections need a way to condense the output and this offering allows an easy way to transpose to WAV, MP3, Flac or Ogg Vorbis with little effort from you.
Excerpt: It’s hard to argue with a long feature list, and that’s what the Cocktail Audio X10 has; it’s a mini-jack-of-all-trades. You can play CDs or rip them to its 500GB hard drive (a 1TB version is available for £20 more), stream and copy files from networked devices and listen to internet radio, too. Two USB inputs allow you to play and copy music to and from other devices, while there are 3.5mm input and outputs, an optical digital out and headphone connection.
Pros: Clear interface, Rips from CD, copies over network, Wide format support, Internet radio
Summary: Der Cocktail Audio X10 gibt nicht auf den ersten Blick zu erkennen, was er ist: Ein Medienserver mit CD-Laufwerk, Internet-Radio und Verstärker? Oder doch eher eine kleine, Lan- und WLan-kompatible Kompaktanlage mit integrierter Festplatte und Audio-Grabbing-Funktion? Der Schnelltest klärt auf.