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Consonance Reference7 HD tube music server

  • The guys at Consonance have hitched their wagon to the digital audio road train with the Sovtek 6H30 tube-infused Consonance Reference7 HD tube music server. It’s a hard disk music storage device AND a network streamer with both single-ended and balanced outputs.

    Here’s what Consonance refer to as “key functions”:

    1. Digital stream master network audio interface (24Bit/192KHz)
    2. Digital stream Hard Disk recorder (24Bit/96KHz)
    3. WI-FI/LAN Internet radio
    4. Upgrade operating system from USB
    5. 24Bit/192KHz D/A Converter with asynchronous upsampling
    6. Universal DAC for CD transports, The Consonance HD interface, DVD players, Blu-ray players, cable TV decoders and satellite receivers
    7. 6H30 tube output
    8. Three Group analog outputs (2*RCAs and 1*XLR Balanced ,1*RCA with tube ouput)
    9. Coaxial digital input for independence D/A Converter mode

    “The Reference 7 High Definition digital music interface contains audio coding and decoding software that can process 24Bit/192KHz high bit rate digital master tape audio streams at very high speeds and supports the decoding output of all types of digital audio formats, such as (WAV/ FLAC/MP3). In the future, through firmware upgrading, the device will support even more audio formats.

    It can also be used as a network music server center. It can support any network hard disc NAS and can share network resources through WI-FI/LAN. It can also be used as an Internet radio. With a built-in channel list, it can receive over ten thousand digital Internet radio stations from all over the world.

    The Reference 7 adopts the specialized 32-bit high-performance embedded multi-media processor CPU, multimedia DSP chip solution and the reference clock system of the industrial-class digital phase-locked loop (DPLL) system, effectively reducing clock jitter in transmission of digital audio signals so as to achieve an ultra-low jitter index.

    The Reference 7 has an 5 inch LCD display with a touch screen allowing the user simple operation. The screen can display the artist’s name/internet radio station information and the sampling rate. It also includes an easy to use high quality fully functioning remote control.The Reference 7 support control by computer/ipad/iphone/ipod touch and Google Android smartphone or flat computerโ€ฆ”


    • DAC resolution – 24bit 192KHz multilevel sigma-delta with asynchronous upsampling
    • 0dBFS signal output – 2.3V RMS (RCA,XLR)
    • Output Terminals – Gold plated Tube RCA unbalanced and gold plated XLR balanced
    • Frequency response – Less than +/- 0.1 dB deviation 20Hz-40kHz
    • Signal-to-noise ratio – More than 110dB (XLR output)
    • Signal-to-noise ratio – More than 100dB (Vacuum tube RCA output)
    • Distortion (XLR) – Less than 0.0025%
    • Distortion (RCA) – Less than 0.003%,0.03% (Vacuum output)
    • Vacuum tube – Sovtek 6H30 x1
    • Digital output signal level – 0.5Vpp (RCA)
    • Digital output impedance – 75ohm (RCA)
    • Digital outputs – Gold plated RCA
    • Digital inputs – 3 USB HOST, 1 LAN, 1 Coaxial, 1 Optical
    • Dimensions – 11cm x 43cm x 33cm (HxWxD)
    • Weight – 16kg(wood top panel) / 18kg(Metal top panel)

    Consonance is represented in Australia by Osborn Loudspeakers, but there’s no word yet on pricing.

    Written by John

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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