Debuting earlier in 2022, the audiolab 9000 series exempliﬁes audiolab’s reputation for delivering class-leading ampliﬁers and, more recently, CD playback. Having forayed into entry-level streaming with the wildly successful, multi-award-winning 6000N Play and, more recently, the 7000N Play, the more high-end 9000N has been eagerly anticipated!
The 9000N answers the 9000 series and its natural progression towards a more premium hi-ﬁ solution while answering overwhelming customer demand for a solidly built and impeccably ﬁnished streaming component.
Flexible and Capable
The format of the 9000N reﬂects the crisp elegance of the 9000A and matching CDT. Equipped with rotary controls and an absence of buttons (except for the power switch), the 9000N also implements the 4.3in colour screen, as found in the rest of the series – the perfect window for presentation for your digital music ﬁles… including full-colour album artwork!
The screen displays a variety of information in a more visually appealing way than most other streaming devices, many of which have traditionally relied upon the accompanying app for operational feedback and user control and interface. The 9000N’s display oﬀers full menu controls, an array of options, and user settings, including multi-language selection and general display options.
Stream like a Dream
Proudly developed to combine an incredibly capable and equally stable streaming platform with audiolab’s digital know-how, world-beating DAC implementation and signal ﬂow, and the intuitive 9000 series general user interface, for the ultimate streaming solution.
The audiolab 9000N app oﬀers immediate access to Qobuz and Tidal, with full access to hi-res and MQA content, as well as Spotify, TuneIn internet radio and UPnP music server systems and digital audio ﬁles stored on USB HDD devices.
The app oﬀers intelligent search functionality and full access to, control of and even the creation of user-deﬁned playlists, folders and album grouping functions. File information, track detail and app-in-app search, select, and compilation functions are easily accessible. Qobuz and Tidal users will be pleased to know that, unlike some other apps and platforms, the hi-res and Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) tracks can be easily identiﬁed with icons within the app itself, with no need to hop between the service and device apps to ﬁnd such content.
Unlike comparable technology from other manufacturers, the 9000N oﬀers wireless playback over a Wi-Fi connection, not solely dependent on the albeit sometimes preferable wired /ethernet connection. This, along with the full album artwork and ESS9038Pro DAC chipset integration, represents several advanced features for the 9000N to boast.
Yet, it is also not limited to the audiolab 9000N app; the 9000N also oﬀers playback via Airplay II as well as Tidal Connect and Spotify Connect for those who prefer the proprietary streaming service app.