These days, the only way we seem to be listening to music is via our music streaming service of choice. While that is great when on-the-go, you may want to invest in a higher quality audio player to be able to blast your favorite tunes throughout your house.
If this is the case for you, look no further than the Nativ high-res music system.
Developed by a Hong Kong-based startup, the Nativ system features two main independent products: the Nativ Vita and the Wave. The Nativ Vita is a touchscreen music player that is truly the heart of the system.
The device has an 11.6-inch touchscreen and up to 4 TB of storage that brings all the music you love to your fingertips. Music can be played from popular streaming services like Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify and YouTube, or even from saved playlists on your smartphone or computer.
The display features the catalog of music, as well as biographies, album details and tour dates for that artist. Users can also listen to music from more than 40,000 free Internet stations across 50 genres and podcasts.
The Nativ Vita has multi-room playback so that users hear the music throughout the house if they have another Nativ Vita or wireless speakers. It can also wirelessly connect to headphones for a private listening experience.
Consumers can also stream music videos directly to their TV via HDMI or Google Chromecast. This makes the gadget a sleek high-tech product to showcase in the house, perfect for entertaining guests coming to dinner or for parties.
Along with using the touchscreen interface to select which track to play, users can also use voice commands to control the music thanks to the Vita's built-in multidirectional microphone or can do so using the free app for iOS and Android.
The Nativ system also features a second product, the Wave, which is a digital-to-analog converter and headphone amplifier. This allows users to listen to digital music in the perfect sound, playing DSD tracks with up to 11.2896 MHz and DXD and PCM files up to 32-bit/384 kHz.
This device serves as a companion to the Vita, or as a standalone product for a Mac or PC or for high-end headphones.
Completing the system is the Nativ Pulse, a high-precision linear power supply that is meant to go with the Wave.
All three of the products are made from 7000 series aluminum, Japanese Ashai glass and wood for a premium look.
Nativ launched an Indiegogo campaign on April 10 to help crowdfund these products, and just seven days later, had reached its goal of $100,000. Those interested in getting the Vita or the Wave can pledge the early bird price of $999 plus shipping. The early bird price for the Wave and the Pulse will cost you $1,499 plus shipping. The products are expected to ship this October.