Newbury Park, Calif. -- Qsonix has begun shipping its first new series of music servers following the May announcement that it entered a technology and marketing alliance with high-end component-audio supplier Wadia Digital.
Under the agreement, Wadia handles day-to-day sales management, order logistics and support for Qsonix globally. In addition, Wadia will incorporate its digital audio technologies into new generations of Qsonix music-management/server systems.
Wadia technology appears in Qsonix's new Q2 series, which replaces the Q100 line. The new Q205 and Q210 systems are built on Qsonix's next-generation hardware and software platform and incorporate Wadia's digital audio output technology. The Q205, for example, supports uncompressed 24-bit/192kHz audio and features a custom-designed digital output platform designed by Wadia. The Q205's audio outputs include AES/EBU balanced digital audio, S/PDIF, TosLink and USB.
The Q210 features four discrete analog outputs, hard-wired IR connector and support for Crestron and other third-party home-automation systems. The system can be upgraded with Wadia-technology digital output connections and 24-bit/192kHz audio support.
The new series is available through Qsonix and Wadia specialty dealers, custom integrators and international distributors.
Qsonix president Mike Weaver said the series sports a "top-to-bottom platform re-design, hardware and software improvements, [and] Wadia's superior digital audio technology."
The Q2 systems are available in 1TB or 2TB versions with 15- or 17-inch touchscreen drag-and-drop controllers. They feature built-in support for desktop PC/Macs, iPhones, iPod Touches and iPad remote-control operation. All feature automatic software upgrades and extended metadata and album art from AMG (All Music Guide), allowing for organization of music by artist, album, composer, genre and time period.