HAND MADE BELGIAN MUSIC SERVERS LAND DOWN UNDER

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by Gary Pearce

2 months ago

HAND MADE BELGIAN MUSIC SERVERS LAND DOWN UNDER

Critical Sound, New Zealand's distributor of 432 EVO has announced the arrival later this year of the Belgian digital supremo’s latest Music Server/Digital Transport range.

Over the years, fully integrated products have been in continual development, culminating in the latest Flagship EVO Master. The remaining range (including upgrade accessories) is currently being updated.
 
432 EVO’s Founder, Frederic Vanden Poel, had these words to explain the upgrades:

First, we improved the triple linear power supply drastically; custom double sided gold plated PCBs, better shunt circuits, higher buffer capacity, better-shielded transformers, enhanced internal and external silver plated cabling.
 
We also improved the three bundled DC cables with better internal cabling & insulation and high-end sleeves.

What is 432?

432 Hz is one of the possible ways to tune musical instruments, also known as the Tuning Note "A" and A=432. Music tuned to 432 Hz sounds better than contemporary music which is tuned at A=440.

Klinkt-Beter (Sounds Better) founder and EVO 432 designer Frederic Vanden Poel first became intrigued by 432Hz (pitch) tuning in 2010 after hearing albums by the well-known Dutch DJ, Tiësto, who was utilising the 432Hz tuning method.

The team behind the 432 EVO organized focus groups which resulted in 60 trials. In 95% of the trials, the panel found music that was re-tuned to 432 Hz was better.

Listeners are more emotionally involved, while 440 Hz is a more "mental" experience. Our research is public, and visitors can look at all the data obtained from more than 60 listening hours.

The new 432 EVO MASTER is the Belgian company’s first Music Server/Transport with its Power Supply in a dedicated matching enclosure. It can rip CDs (Bitperfect and Teac based with speed regulated to reduce noise), play existing files up to 32bit/768kHz PCM, DSD64 and DSD128. The 432 EVO handily supports HDMI Audio up to 192kHz and USB2.

A linear power supply, RAM playback and spring suspension system for Hard disc or SSD drives are also available. It features a dedicated USB3 low noise low jitter output plus 2TB silent storage for up to 6,000 CDs - extendable with an external NAS.

An all-in-one Dac/Server is also available from 432 EVO in the form of the EVO ESSENCE.

The EVO can be controlled by both Apple and Android devices and via any web browser.

For software, the EVO now has a new improved 432Hz renderer/upsampler - named SQi (Sound Quality improved). It offers ten filters including time domain mode, Archimago intermediate phase filters with two custom variants designed by 432 EVO.

SQi is a free software update for all current EVO customers.

All units are compatible with Logitech Media Server, and there is also a new Roon 1.5 compatible motherboard with ‘improved clock source’. Roon 1.5 now includes MQA capability so it’s an excellent chance for existing owners to upgrade to see what MQA has to offer.

Ian Ross of Critical Sound expects the new range to land around October/November 2018, and prices range from $1995 - $19,750 (EVO Master).

For more information visit 432 EVO.

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Addicted to music from a very early age, Gary built his first pair of loudspeakers at the tender age of 12. Since then he has contributed to a plethora of publications/websites and has even been heard on Newstalk 1ZB as the stations ‘gadget man’. Technically proficient in both analogue and digital, he feels the road ahead is just as exciting as the road already traveled - and he can't wait to tell you about it.

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