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A pair of new hard-disk music servers that ReQuest has begun shipping include the company's first terabyte-capacity music server.
The $18,500-suggested S4.2500 is also the industry's first dedicated music server with a capacity of 1TB or more, the company said.
The S4.2500, the first product in the all-new S-Series of servers, features a 1.5TB hard disk drive to store music from more than 2,400 CDs in uncompressed WAV format or more than 360,000 songs in compressed MP3 format. The audio-component-sized server also features a new industrial design with rounded front-panel styling, silver-matte finish and etched-glass center window, making it suitable for prominent display rather than hideaway installation.
The S Series model accompanies a new, more traditionally styled F-Series F4.800, which at $7,000 becomes the highest capacity model in the F series. It can store more than 800 CDs in WAV format or more than 4,000 CDs in MP3 format.
Both models stream music to up four independent zones simultaneously, allowing four different songs to be heard in each of four zones. A digital audio output is available for playback in the main zone, and three balanced analog outputs are available for the remote zones.
Both offer a variety of music-encoding options, including the uncompressed WAV and lossless compressed FLAC formats for fully transparent audio performance, the company said. They also feature ReQuest's new ARQ v.2.2.0 software to deliver a consistent, flash-based user interface on a video monitor, touch panel, or PC Web browser, which enables users to stream their content over the Internet to a remote PC anywhere in the world.
Both also permit multiple units to be incorporated into a system to add capacity, add zones or serve as a backup.
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