Audiolab Omnia all-in-one Hi-Fi is MQA and Play-Fi ready

posted on Tuesday, 23rd November 2021 by Steve May

Hi-fi  Network audio  High Res Audio 

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Audiolab has unveiled an all-in-one, just-add-speakers music system dubbed the Omnia.

It combines digital streaming with an integrated CD player, and has an MM phono stage for a turntable, all within a smart aluminium enclosure.

In addition to dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v5 (with aptX, aptX LL, AAC and SBC support), there’s Ethernet for wired networking.

Other external sources can be connected via a range of digital (asynchronous USB and optical digital) and line-level analogue inputs. Installers can also bypass the separate amp stages, giving the option to connect an external preamplifier or power amplifier.

Inlaid in the centre of the Omnia’s front panel is a 4.3-inch screen, able to display system settings, format data and track details. It can also be set to display a VU meter in ‘analogue’ or ‘digital’ form, showing real-time decibel levels for the left and right channels.

Omnia Rear Panel

Under the hood is a ES9038Q2M Sabre DAC, accompanied by proprietary circuitry to make the most of ESS Technology’s HyperStream II architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, for ultra-low noise and high dynamic range.

PCM audio is supported to 32-bit/768kHz, alongside DSD to 22.5MHz (DSD512). Codec support is wide and covers FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and WAV.

The Omnia also delivers full decoding of MQA. The complete three unfold decoding process is performed internally, as opposed to just the final unfold in an MQA renderer, making the Omnia an ideal choice for subscribers to Tidal’s HiFi Plus tier, home of Tidal Masters MQA content.

Power output is rated at 50W per channel into 8 ohms. The manufacturer says the choice of Class AB amp circuitry gives the Omnia a sonic advantage over Class D rivals.

Network streaming is powered by DTS Play-Fi, which is capable of streaming hi-res music up to 24-bit/192kHz. The Omnia can also work within an ecosystem of other Play-Fi models.

The apps offers Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz, Audacy, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and SiriusXM, as well as stream from a DLNA-compatible NAS drive or media server.

Play-Fi streams up to 16-bit/48kHz, but by engaging Play-Fi’s Critical Listening Mode, hi-res audio up to 24-bit/192kHz may be streamed to the Omnia over Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable. The Omnia is also officially Roon Tested.

Available in either black or silver, the Audiolab Omnia sells for £1,599.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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