Olive Symphony Build Quality
The unit came with some fairly nice analog cables, a TOSlink cable that is impossibly thin, a recovery disc (the white square on top of the unit), and a removable power cable. The aesthetics of this unit are superb in my opinion. Everything save the “turn and select wheel” and the four little buttons to the right is flush-mounted. Even CDs are inserted into the unit like a vacuum-loading car system. I’ve often wondered why manufacturers still use trays when this technology is available. It makes the front of the unit so much cleaner. The forward edge of the unit is rounded giving it a slightly different look from the other components in your rack.
The screen on the unit is too small but the software version I was using allowed you to blow up the text so that it was legible from a distance. Future iterations of the software promise to allow control over the Internet by dialing into the unit’s IP address. The power and control buttons (play, fast forward, etc) light up with a glowing white light that makes the buttons visible in the dark but casts very little ambient light. The screen can also be dimmed. The Symphony is the PERFECT example of how to light the front of a unit. The last two units I reviewed were literally brighter than nightlights. The Symphony sits on four plastic round grey legs. I connected the unit to my Denon AVR-3805 via S/PDIF coax.
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