Every so often I trip over a really cool product to add to our line, and today was one of those trips.
It’s called Voco. It streams audio. But that’s just the beginning, it does so much more! For example, the holy grail of home audio streaming has been HD audio, content at 24/96 or higher. The Apple solutions we’ve been using are great, but down-sample to 16/44.1 or 16/48. Many other solutions are around, many are kind of half-baked, or not flexible. Many of our Denon AVRs, for example, can look out at a DLNA sever and grab 24/96 files and play them…but they’ll be down-sampled to 24/48 unless you turn Audyssey off, a choice I’m personally not prepared to make.
Today I found Voco. Not only will their products stream audio files from pretty much any sort of library, from iTunes, to DLNA, to a NAS device, even in the cloud, but one of their product can happily play HD audio files up to 24/192KHz! Now that may not be a first-ever, but what’s great is it’s something with a real front end, a user interface that works, is easy to use, and integrates very well. And Internet Radio, Pandora, even YouTube (video too!) is supported. You can navigate the system with an app that includes voice commands, and each Voco device can become a WiFi hot spot, filling out your home WiFi coverage, if necessary.
I’ll be writing more about Voco soon, but for now, it’s a first step to a wireless, distributed high resolution audio system with centralized storage. And they’ve thrown a lot of extra functionality in to boot. How great is that?
I love to say “Yes, we can!” We’ll be installing Voco systems soon.