№ 519 - the ultimate digital music player?

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 № 519 up against?'. That's the kind of simple- sounding question likely to give anyone serious pause for thought. Yes, £21.000, 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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