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Voxtok Capsule music server & streamer launches on Kickstarter

  • The French Connection. Mirroring Astell&Kern’s trans-global office arrangement, France’s Voxtok are officially based in Santa Rosa but their R&D and manufacturing takes place just outside of Montpellier. “Quality” and “simplicity” are two words that crop up regularly as Voxtok attempt to bring their Capsule to life via Kickstarter.

    The Capsule may indeed be very simple to use but its multifarious applications require some careful dissemination.

    First up: the Voxtok Capsule is a music server – think: Antipodes or Aurender. It starts with 2TB of local storage but four internal SATA slots allow for expansion down the line. A standard HDD version sells for US$1690 whilst a solid state drive option pushes the price to US$2290. Voxtok’s system software allows for CDs to be ripped to the internal hard drive drive but there’s no internal optical drive. Instead, users are asked to connect an existing external CD drive to the Capsule using the Type A port on the rear. The Type B port allows for direct USB connection to a computer.


    However, with its own internal DAC the Capsule is more like a Lumin. Twin Wolfson WM8741 DACs handle D/A conversion of ALAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, APE – each up to 24bit/192kHz. DSD? Yup, both DSD64 and DSD128 are covered. Those wanting to using their existing DAC can circumvent the Capsule’s internal solution and siphon off the digital stream via its rear-facing HDMI, BNC or coaxial sockets. Yes, HDMI! Owners of the NAD M51 or the Essence HDACC should be paying close attention here.

    The Capsule can be connected to an amplifier or powered speakers via its single-ended or balanced outputs.

    But wait, there’s more. The Capsule is also a network streamer – think: Sonos, Squeezbox or AURALiC Aries. An ethernet port allows for connection to a local network so that music can be streamed from local UPnP and DLNA servers. The Capsule also comes pre-configured for Qobuz cloud streaming.


    Playback control and playlist creation are managed via software apps that are also equipped to stream content from the Capsule itself. iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows, Windows Phone and Linux clients are coded and ready to go. Whilst we’re talking tablets and phones, know that users can also stream directly to the Capsule’s wireless receiver over Apple’s Airplay protocol. Oh, and there’s Bluetooth too.

    Lastly, if you don’t feel like stumping up over a grand for the finished product, Voxtok are offering $200 DIY kits that are based on a Raspberry Pi board and a Wolfson audio card.

    According to the Kickstarter page, the Voxtok Capsule will begin shipping in December 2014.

    Further information: Voxtok | Voxtok Capsule on Kickstarter

    John H. Darko

    Written by John H. Darko

    John is the editor of Darko.Audio, from whose ad revenues he derives an income. He is an occasional contributor to 6moons but has previously written pieces for TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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    1. Sad really that they’re basing this on UPnP/DLNA 🙁 No syncing between players, no dynamic playlist features for those with big collections. Strange also that they’re basing the DIY kit on a Raspberry Pi, when Beaglebone Black is the same basic chipset as their own hardware and only cost marginally more than a Pi.
      Either of them is more than able BTW to easily run the open source Logitech Media Server, allowing to tap into the work of many third party developers, also allowing support up to DxD, existing control & playback software for Android, iOS, Mac, Windows & Linux …

      • Dear Bart,
        I fully agree with your comments.
        Let me add some details, that are not yet public.
        We support UPnP and DLNA as a minimum requirement, but we’re working on a “multi-room sync” feature, to allow synchronization between players. This feature will be added in the beginning of 2015. This is a mandatory feature in our viewpoint.
        Dynamic playlist is an very important topic for us. To do honest, we were close not to launch our product about this feature… but we decided to start launching it and update it later. We’re working on it and on an advanced metadata backend. We’re convinced that “flat” playlist are not enough. I can’t give more details at this stage.
        And again, I agree on your point about Raspberry. It is not very powerful, but it was the safer and faster way to start releasing an open version of our software. We already tested several other boards and DACs 🙂
        Thanks again for your feed-back. We’re always interested in your viewpoint, in order to improve our products.
        All the best,
        Joel Reboul – Voxtok’s CEO

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