No519 - the ultimate digital music player?

15 June 2017 08:01

This unusually comprehensive network player/preamplifier illustrates the benefits of a modular design approach - and proves both highly flexible and a pleasure to use.

The start of every review for HFN is a commissioning email from editor PM, and in this case, it contained the immortal line At €21k what kind of competition is the No519 up against?'. That's the kind of simple-sounding question likely to give anyone serious pause for thought. Yes, E2 1,000, which means it's by far the most expensive network playback device to pass through my listening room, and makes even my reference player, at around two-thirds the price complete with obligatory power supply, look like something of a snip.

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