Olive Opus

Robert Harley -- Mon, 07/21/2008 - 09:09

I received this recently from a reader:


"I just finished reading the August Absolute Sound Issue 183. I found the Special Digital Focus articles of great interest. I have my i -pod like the zillions of others and find that it has a place in my life , particularly when I am on those international long flights that my job demands. It sure beats the movies and bad sounds available on board. One thing that it has influenced is my way of dealing with my music. The shear convenience of being able to "select" what ever music I care to listen to from a library just makes a lot of sense to me. And so I came across an ad for an Olive product. Long story short, I purchased an Olive Opus No. 5 last year. This is their top of the line model. I have found it to be a shear joy to own. In terms of continence and user friendliness it gets top marks. But that is the so called icing on the cake. What thrills me is the quality of the sound. In balanced mode, it reveals the music in so many dimensions and layers it is hard to stop listening. But these are my thoughts, I would love to have you review an Opus No 5 as a part of your digital focus as I think the listening audience would truly love to see a music server of top quality at an affordable price."


Robert D Parisi

Sam -- Tue, 11/17/2009 - 04:55

Hmmm...is this post by Robert Harley or someone else? His picture is there but some other name at the bottom.

Tom Martin -- Tue, 11/17/2009 - 07:54

When Robert gets a letter or email, he often posts it in the form above if he believes it would add to the forum discussion. I'll ask him to make this context more clear in the future.

CEO and Editorial Director, Nextscreen LLC

cmalak -- Tue, 11/17/2009 - 14:57

I contributed to a thread on Agon enquiring about the Opus because I have seen  it in various magazine ads. Looks like a nice piece of equipment but one or two users of the product on Agon have suggested that the on board DAC is mediocre but that you can use it as a music server to store and manage your playlists and use it's digital out to bypass it's digital conversion to the DAC of your own choice. To me, $1800 for a glorified hard drive and music management s/w seems a bit much. I think for those who are semi proficient with a PC or MAC you can replicate the Opus' functionality at a fraction of the cost. Having said that, I would love to hear if there are others who have used this product and what their thoughts are. Thanks.

Sam -- Tue, 11/17/2009 - 15:14

From the ads and specs it looks like an interesting product but has not gotten much attention for example like sooloos, Qsonix, Music Vault diamond.  I wonder if its even up to the mark to be evaluated yet with the other servers.  As many reviewers say, they are not interested in wasting valuable space and time on not so good products. i.e. there is a selection criteria by which products get reviewed.  How does the Olive compare to the other high end servers?  The wireless multi room playability also looks very interesting.

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