AUDIOLAB Omnia All-In-One Music System
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AUDIOLAB Omnia All-In-One Music System

From CDs and vinyl to state-of-the-art hi-res network streaming, the audiolab Omnia is the all-in-one, just-add-speakers hi-fi system that does it all, and does it in style. 

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From CDs and vinyl to state-of-the-art hi-res network streaming, the Audiolab Omnia is the all-in-one, just-add-speakers hi-fi system that does it all, and does it in style. 

For its newest creation, Audiolab has distilled its know-how across these component categories into a single chassis. The result is an all-in-one, just-add-speakers music system dubbed the Omnia.

Housed in a beautifully engineered aluminium enclosure with a crisp, minimalist aesthetic, the Omnia caters for a music lover's every need - from digital streaming to physical CD and vinyl collections. It sports and integrated CD player, extensive inputs for external sources - including a phono stage for a turntable - hi-res network streaming, the ability to form part of a synchronised multi-room system and high-quality amplification to make the most of whichever speakers or headphones the user chooses to partner it with. Most importantly, the quality of its internal design - right down to each individual circuit component - ensures that however you use it, the Omnia delivers a level of sonic performance more readily expected of bulkier and more expensive multi-component hi-fi systems. 

The ideal system for every music source

Streaming has become the predominant way in which many people listen to music, which is why contemporary all-in-one music systems often focus on this aspect. This is a critical part of the Omnia's design too, with hi-res network streaming supported over dual-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet cable, alongside Bluetooth for wireless connection to smartphones, tablets and so on. But Audiolab recognises that plenty of people continue to own, and wish to listen to physical music collections - however you choose to listen to your music, the Omnia has it covered. 

These days, an integrated CD player is rare to find in a single-box system. The Omnia's transport mechanism is engineered to make the most of any still-treasured CD collection, incorporating a high-precision optical system and low-friction loading tray, with an electronic data buffer and sturdy aluminium base and chassis to tackle vibration. 

For vinyl lovers, the integral MM phono stage features a high-quality, low-noise, JFET-based circuit with precise RIAA equalisation - just add your chosen turntable. Other external sources can be connected via a range of digital (asynchronous USB and S/PDIF) and line-level analogue inputs, utilising the Omnia's high-performance DAC, analogue preamp and power amp stages. Further versatility is provided by the ability to bypass the separate amp stages, giving the option to connect an external preamplifier or power amplifier. 

Inlaid in the centre of the Omnia's aluminium front panel is a 4.3in full-colour screen, ready to display all sorts of information including system settings, format data and track details. It can even be set to display a VU meter in 'analogue' or 'digital' form, showing real-time decibel levels for the left and right channels - a satisfying graphical representation of the music as it plays. 

Digital delights

Despite its attractive simplicity, the Omnia sports cutting-edge sophistication beneath the skin. At the heart of its digital circuitry nestles the ES9D38Q2M - a top-spec, new-generation chipset from the eminent 32-bit Sabre family - 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.

No company knows more about making the most of this technically excellent, but challenging to implement DAC technology than Audiolab - the universally acclaimed M-DAC was one of the first audio components to incorporate a chip from the ESS Sabre family back in 2011, and the company has been honing its implementation ever since. One critical element is the post-DAC active filter; Audiolab's design team has paid great attention to this circuit, using op-amps specially selected for their synergy with the Sabre DAC. All digital sources benefit from the DAC's quality, from CDs and audio streamed over Wi-Fi or Ethernet to devices connected via the USB and S/PDIF inputs. 

PCM audio is supported to 32-bit/768kHz, alongside DSD to 22.5MHz (DSD512). Every significant hi-res and lossless audio format is catered for, including FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and WAV, as well as compressed legacy formats.

The Omnia also delivers full decoding of MQA, the hi-res streaming technology. This means that the complete 'three unfold' decoding process is performed internally, as opposed to just the final unfold in the manner of an MQA 'renderer', which makes the Omnia an excellent system choice for anyone who subscribes to Tidal's Hi-Fi Plus tier. 

Engineered for awesome audio

With many generations of award-winning designs under its belt, Audiolab knows a thing or two about amp design. The Omnia's analogue circuits harness this wealth of experience to compelling sonic effect, its preamp and power amp stages incorporating short, direct signal paths and high-quality components to preserve sonic purity. 

Volume is adjusted in the analogue domain under microprocessor control, outputting directly to the Class AB output stage. This delivers 50W per channel into 8 ohms, with maximum current of 9 Amps into difficult loads - sufficient to drive whichever speakers the user chooses to pair with the Omnia. 

Many all-in-one streaming systems use Class D amplification, favoured for its space-saving, cool-running power and efficiency. However, Class D designs can sound somewhat hard and sterile; Audiolab's Class AB amp circuitry gives the Omnia a sonic advantage, coupling engaging energy with subtlety and warmth.

The output stage uses a CFB (Complementary Feedback) topology, ensuring superior linearity and excellent thermal stability, as the idle current is kept independent of the temperature of the output transistors. A substantial 200VA toroidal transformer, followed by 4x15000uF reservoir capacity (60000uF in total), helps the Omnia to maintain firm control of the music whilst enabling excellent dynamic range. 

Much effort has gone into the physical layout of the Omnia's circuitry, protecting the sensitive preamp section from noise interference. This, plus the use of independent low-noise power supplies for critical stages, helps to give Omnia a clear sonic edge over other comparably priced all-in-one systems. 

A streamer's dream

Network streaming is powered by DTS Play-Fi; an app-controlled platform enabling high-quality, whole-home wireless audio, capable of streaming hi-res music up to 24-bit/192kHz and supported by a greater range of established audio brands than any other wireless platform.

The Play-Fi app (available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices, Apple and Android smartwatches, and Windows PCs) is an intuitive gateway to a wealth of music servers, including Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz, Audacy, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and SiriusXM. It is also your trusty music butler, able to serve up a streaming library stored on a DLNA-compatible NAS drive or media server. 

Favourite playlists and internet radio stations can be assigned as shortcut 'presets' within the app, while Works With Alexa support enables voice-controlled playback when the Omnia is paired with any Amazon Alexa-equipped device.

In standard mode, which is optimised for multi-room bandwidth, Play-Fi streams at up to 16-bit/48kHz - akin to CD-quality. 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, without transcoding or down-sampling.

There are ways to stream music wirelessly to the Omnia other than using the Play-Fi app. Users can play directly from the Spotify app thanks to Spotify Connect, and stream from smartphones and tablets without connecting to the local Wi-Fi network via Bluetooth - the Omnia is Bluetooth 5 compliant for optimum quality, reliability and range, and includes decoding for aptX, LL, AAC and SBC.

The Omnia is also officially "Roon Tested", meaning it has been put through its paces rigorously by Roon and certified for use in a Roon audio environment.  

Making connections 

As well as the integral CD player and wireless streaming over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the Omnia offers a comprehensive selection of cable inputs for analogue and digital sources. Two USB inputs, Type A and Type B, cater for connection to PCs, Macs, smartphones, tablets and digital storage devices, complemented by four S/PDIF digital inputs (two coaxial and two optical) and an Ethernet port for network connectivity. Four stereo-RCA analogue inputs are supplied - three line-level, plus one MM phono input for a turntable. 

In addition to a set of high-quality, gold-plated binding posts to connect the user's chosen speakers, headphone fans are served by a front-mounted 6.3mm headphone output fed by a dedicated amp; with its current-feedback design and high slew rate, a dynamic and detailed performance with all manner of headphones is assured. Other outputs include a stereo-RCA pre-out option, as well as coaxial and optical digital outputs. 

With Play-Fi multi-room functionality, full MQA compatibility, Roon Tested, and an onboard ESS Sabre DAC (capable of 32-bit/768kHz and up to DSD512), Omnia wipes the floor with its competition. 
  • CD Player
  • Wireless Streaming Player
  • DAC Headphone Amplifier
  • Integrated Amplifier
  • Pre-amp 

Digital Stage

  • CD Player: Tray loading mech with precision optical and anti-vibration systems
  • DAC Chipset: ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M
  • Max Sample Rate (USB): 768kHz
  • Max Sample Rate (Wi-Fi/Ethernet): 192kHz
  • Max Sample Rate (Coaxial/Optical): 192kHz 
  • DSD: DSD64/128/256/512
  • MQA: Full decoding via Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB, coaxial and optical inputs

Streaming

  • DTS Play-FI
  • iOS, Androis, Kindle Fire, Apple Watch and Wear OS App compatibility
  • Windows PC and Mac compatibility
  • Spotify Connect
  • UPnP
  • Play from USB Storage
  • Multi-room functionality
  • Roon tested

Amp stage

  • Class AB Amplifier
  • 50W per channel into 8 Ohms

Connectivity

  • Dual-band Wi-Fi; Ethernet
  • Bluetooth 5l aptX, aptX LL, aptX, AAC, SBC

Inputs

    Digital inputs:
    • Asynchronous USB-B (PC/Mac); USB-A (external storage):
    • 2x coaxial + 2x optical

    Analogue inputs:

    • 3x line-level RCA-stereo
    • 1x MM Phono
    • Gold-plated speaker binding posts
    • 6.3mm headphone socket

    Outputs

    Digital inputs:

    • 1x coaxial
    • 1x optical
    Analogue outputs:
    • 1x RCA-stereo pre-out
    • 12v trigger in/out

    Weight

    • 9.1kg

    Dimensions

    • 440W x 156H x 327D

    "Omnia should be on your shortlist of products to consider."
    - Andrew Robinson

    While 16-but, 44.1kHz is only a fraction of the resolution on offer with the all-new Audiolab Omnia, it is an integral part of this all-inclusive entertainment package. Because the humble Compact Disc is still in high demand with music lovers the country over. And, according to the recent review by Andrew Robinson, Audiolab's Omnia is "a fantastic all-in-one integrated amp with an incredibly capable CD player built in."

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