Until Innuos released their first “Zenith” integrated CD ripper/server in 2016 we had no simple and elegant solution for ripping CD libraries losslessly. Sure there were some products on the market, but they were generally overpriced and unreliable, hence us advocating ripping with a Mac/PC, DBPoweramp and storing on a QNAP or Synology NAS drive with internal RAID and external backup. How cumbersome!
Thankfully Innuos now have our backs, with three mainline solution products in the Zenith, the Zen and the Zen Mini. Operationally these devices are as close to perfection as we’ve seen. Insert your CD and 5 minutes later it is automatically ejected, having been ripped losslessly to FLAC and correctly tagged with your album’s metadata and cover art.
All Innuos products run their in-house, Linux-based ZenOS, which means features are regularly added and ease-of-use improved further with simple online firmware updates. At Loud & Clear we recommend a similarly sized USB backup disc (around £60 for 2TB) and we’ll configure your backups automatically for additional peace of mind.
Pushing the popular ZENith even further, the new MK3 includes a Triple-Linear PSU with Mundorf CAPS and custom-treated SSD. Ideal for audiophiles who want a smoother, more relaxed sound with a wider soundstage.
- New Custom Motherboard with reduced EMI
- Innovative Triple-Linear Power Supply with ultra-low noise regulators and premium Mundorf Capacitors
- Asymmetrical isolation feet inspired by the ZENith SE
- SSD Storage with newly improved vibration and EMI treatment
- Medical-Grade Mains Filter
- Dual Ethernet Ports for LAN and Streamer with dedicated isolation transformers
- 8GB RAM with 4GB In-Memory playback
- Ultra-low Noise USB Audio Output
- New Generation Quad-core Intel CPU
Rediscover Your Music Collection and Discover New Music
Play all your music as well as Internet Radio and streaming services like Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz and BBC iPlayer with the best sound quality by connecting directly to a DAC or Digital Amplifier via asynchronous USB.
Supports All Major Music Formats
The innuOS Music Player plays FLAC, DSD, MQA, WAV, Apple Lossless, AIFF, M4A and MP3 supporting bitrates up to 32bit/384KHz and DSD256, when connecting to compatible DACs
Playback from NAS
Play music stored on an external NAS drive.
The innuOS Music Player can optionally become a Roon-Ready player so you can use the amazing Roon interface to explore your music like never before.
Perfect Integration with Sonos
innuOS can automatically connect its music library to a Sonos system at the touch of a button as well as automatically rescan the Sonos Music Library when any album is added, modified or deleted from the Music Library.
Fast and Reliable UPnP Server
innuOS also contains a UPnP Server configured out-of-the-box to work flawlessly with a number of UPnP-based systems:
- Wireless multi-room speakers such as Bang & Olufsen, Denon HEOS, BOSE and many others
- Music streamers from Naim, Linn , Moon, Auralic and many others
- Roon Server
- innuOS will also optionally integrate Roon Core* so you can use innuOS with other Roon-Ready streamers for a complete multi-room system.
* A Roon license, purchased separately, is required
innuOS can be integrated with the most popular home automation control systems such as RTI, Control4, KNX, AMX, Elan, Crestron and iRidium.
Triple-Linear Power Supply
Inspired from the high-end power supply engineering of the SE, the ZENith Mk3 benefits from new premium Mundorf capacitors with ultra-low noise regulators and a medical-grade mains filter to provide even greater audio clarity.
The custom-made Innuos motherboard is completely reworked for optimised audio performance. Sources of EMI have been removed and internal clocks optimised, resulting in a “blacker” music background and enhanced realism.
Ultra-low Noise Streamer Output
Dual-ethernet ports with isolation transformers provide an ultra-low noise network connection for your streamer, removing noise from the path and improving sound quality on all network audio.
Anti-vibration and EMI Treatment
New asymmetrical isolation feet derived from our ZENith SE plus added treatment to the chassis help to combat harmful vibration that affect a clean audio signal, with even greater treatment now applied to the SSD.
With 4GB dedicated memory, the ZENith loads music directly to memory for playback so that it doesn’t need to engage the SSD during playback, improving sound quality.
Powered by innuOS
innuOS allows a complete Music Library management using a tablet or smartphone. Ripping CDs, importing music, editing album data (including covers) and backing up your music library can all be easily done easily without the need for a PC.
innuOS also contains many intelligent features to help organise your Music Library such as our rule-based music import engine or the Assisted CD Ripping mode.
Using AccurateStream technology, extract every last bit of your CDs into WAV or FLAC files.
Automatic CD Ripping
Just pop-in a CD! innuOS will automatically get full album data and cover from multiple online databases, rip your CD and eject when done.
Assisted CD Ripping
Assisted CD Ripping allows you to see and edit all the album data and cover obtained from the online databases before you rip the CD. Great for Classical Music!
Love to listen to music whilst ripping your CDs and want absolute silence? Just engage Quiet Mode for slowing down ripping, making it much quieter and with less vibration.
CDs can be ripped without internet connection. When connected, album data and cover for all offline ripped CDs will be obtained with a simple click.