Bladelius Design Group is offering a totally new replay system. Embla!!

default -- Sat, 12/26/2009 - 02:36

 The Embla offers a silent playback system without any moving mechanical parts when playing from the built-in flash memory. The Embla is not a redesigned computer system; it is built from the ground up as a high performance audio playback system. Unlike other computer based playback products the Embla is based on our proprietary audio DSP design, allowing us to completely control the timing and reading of the discs. The Embla is designed as a true audiophile unit from the ground up and not a modified computer that can copy discs.
Not only is the Embla a playback system but it also includes an analog preamplifier, a world class DAC section based on our reference CD player, the Gondul M, as well as an additional DAC system with a digital filter with analog behavior.
Insert a CD and you have the option to play directly from the disc like a standard CD player or you can store the disc on the internal flash memory. You’re not limited to just internal storage, you can directly connect a USB hard drive or memory stick to the player as well as access files on a network drive or music streaming from a PC.
The Embla comes preloaded with a database for album and track names and will display album art if connected to the internet with its Ethernet port.
Embla is developed, engineered, and produced in Sweden.

Disc information
Embla uses a built in database for album and track information. If Embla is connected to the internet it will retrieve the latest information for album and track names as well as album cover art.
Bit perfect copies 
Embla makes bit perfect copies of cdda cd’s to memory using our advanced proprietary data reading error analysis algorithms enabled by a high performance Teac drive. The bit perfect copies can be stored in either pcm or flac format.
The internal memory for music storage is flash based, which gives you a completely noiseless system. The internal flash memory is upgradeable to larger size when available.
USB ports 
Embla has an USB port for USB memory sticks or external hard-drives which can be used for external storage of music. Embla has a second USB port for which can be used for streaming music from a computer.
Ethernet port 
Embla has an Ethernet adapter for connection to your local network, which allows playing music from media servers such as a computer or a NAS. If your local network is connected to the internet Embla will retrieve album art and update its database with the most recent data.
Music file types 
Playback of PCM, WAV, HRx, FLAC, MP3, WMA, OGG with tag information Audio Data files are supported up to 32bit, 192 kHz
Built in analog preamplifier with analog volume control in 0.5db steps
Digital to analog converters and filters 
Ability to choose from 2 balanced DAC configurations (2 DACs/channel); ability to select up to 192kHz sampling rate
Power supply 
Large linear power supply with toroidial transformer and multi-stage regulation for the lowest possible noise levels
Jitter elimination 
DA converter provides the master clock for the transport and reading of the flash memory for the ultimate jitter performance 
Memory based jitter remover for external sources (user selectable)
Remote control 
A machined aluminum remote control as standard. 
Optional RF remote control with 7 inch touch screen (an exact copy of the screen on the unit), will have all information such as song, artist, time, etc
Technical specification
1 AES/EBU balanced digital 
1 Unbal anced SPDIF 
1 Optical 
1 USB streaming input 
1 Bluetooth 
1 Balanced analog input 
2 Unbalanced analog inputs

1 Balanced digital AES/EBU 
1 Unbalanced SPDIF out 
1 Optical output 
1 Pair of balanced outputs analog 
2 Pair of unbalanced outputs analog 

1 USB 
1 Network connector (RJ45) 
1 RS232 
1 IR input 
1 12V trig ger in 
1 12V trig ger out

I.Genis (not verified) -- Sat, 12/26/2009 - 02:40

No comment

Robert Harley -- Sat, 12/26/2009 - 14:56

This looks like a very interesting product; I look forward to checking it out at CES.

Gem Gem (not verified) -- Sat, 12/26/2009 - 15:45

 This is a new age .Embla has better sound than all LP's and CDP's.Because it is using SSD silent playback system.Unlike others..I love it.

Jobsdone -- Mon, 03/29/2010 - 23:53

USB ports, are they 2.0 or 3.0?


Kalani (not verified) -- Sat, 12/26/2009 - 22:12

Hello Robert,
The Embla has a filter to remove pre-ringing like the Meridian 808.2 and EMM Labs latest one piece player. Having moved from the EMC to the Embla, I love the convenience of having a music library at my finger tips. Noise floor is vanishingly low. Visceral bass. Unit is still running in.

Robert Harley -- Sun, 12/27/2009 - 23:41

Thanks for that report.

Kalani (not verified) -- Sat, 05/22/2010 - 03:38

Hello Robert,
Have you had the opportunity to audition the Embla? Any reviews forthcoming from TAS?

Sam -- Tue, 12/29/2009 - 20:19

Whats the price?  Please tell me its not $

Gem Gem (not verified) -- Wed, 12/30/2009 - 12:04

 I paid 9000Euro for 128GB SSD silent model

Jobsdone -- Mon, 03/29/2010 - 23:49

9k Euros for 128GB?


Cemil Gandur -- Sat, 01/02/2010 - 17:34

 Seems to be excessive? The Sooloos, with its all singing and dancing interface and a TB of storage is less than that now I think.

Gemincor (not verified) -- Sun, 01/03/2010 - 21:31

The Embla comes in "basic" and "full" versions. The difference between these versions is the internal memory and a filter that removes pre-ringing. The internal storage is in the form of SSD. The filter that removes pre-ringing is called filter "C" on the OSD. I found filter C setting to my liking as compared to filters A and B.

phoenix (not verified) -- Fri, 01/22/2010 - 19:03

  Seems to me the SSD is the big selling point here.  But 128GB is too small.  I would think at a minimum any system should offer 500B or possibly even 1TB.  Cant wait for the SSD drives to become mainstream.


George (not verified) -- Wed, 01/27/2010 - 20:18

The Embla can be ordered with any size SSD, we have shipped a few systems with 2TB. We have a RAID chassis inside of the unit that can be configured as a large drive or mirrored so you always have a backup. The RAID is configured so you can start with 1 drive and later add another drive which increases your capacity and leaves your current database of ripped music.

The Embla also supports USB drives (which you can also rip to) and we are finalizing the support for NAS so we've tried to cover all the bases.

1likeh1f1 (not verified) -- Thu, 01/28/2010 - 19:10

According to BDG website, they currently offer up to 2 TB for this unit,"The internal flash memory is upgradeable to larger size. Available from 64 GB to 2 TB."  as per 
Any info on pricing in US? 

Kim Best (not verified) -- Sat, 03/20/2010 - 17:10

 Hi,I can say you that;Embla is the best ssd player if you use it with ESOTERIC D-05 or D-03 DAC.

frobert (not verified) -- Wed, 06/09/2010 - 05:16

As the documentation says  embla is able to access network file systems ...But HOW ? -- Sun, 06/13/2010 - 00:23

How would an OLIVE OPUS 4HD music server compare to the BLADELIUS ? It is cheaper and offers similar facilities !!

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