- The new Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer should prove to be a solution consistently optimised for best sound.
Even though the Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer from the manufacturer Thunder Data Co. Ltd. is a solution that represents the entry into the world of hi-res audio streaming of the Silent Angel brand, it is still described as a product that is consistently optimised down to the last detail for the best sound.
Another argument in favour of this solution is that it is immensely flexible, allowing the user to access a wide range of content from their own network or various online services.
Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer – Getting Started
When Thunder Data Co. Ltd. speaks of the new Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer as an entry-level solution, this is of course to be understood as a bit of an understatement, because what is meant here as an entry-level is sometimes the end of the line for others.
Just add speakers
The new Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer can, of course, be used as a source for various audio systems at any time, but it is primarily designed as a stand-alone solution. It can thus be clearly categorised as Just add speakers, even if in this case it has to be active speaker systems, so that the Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer can serve as a completely independent, very compact hi-fi system that concentrates on the essentials.
Compact and elegant in appearance
The new Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer presents itself as a compact device in discreet black with a particularly solid, high-quality metal housing that has a timelessly elegant appearance. The product measures 308 x 48 x 172 mm and weighs exactly 1 kg, which is surprisingly low considering the integrated power supply.
The equipment of the Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer is not really outstanding, but it is also solid. The device is equipped with an ARM Cortex-A72 Dual-Core CPU with 1.2 GHz, 128 MByte DRAM and 128 MByte FLASH RAM, as well as the so-called VitOS Lite operating system.
Integration into the network is either via a Fast Ethernet interface and thus an RJ45 socket, or WiFi, whereby a module according to IEEE 802.11ac is used.
Of course, Bluetooth is not to be missed either, with a module that complies with Bluetooth 5.0.
Audio signals on the analogue level leave the Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer via a pair of cinch sockets; for digital signals, there is a coaxial S/PDIF interface as well as an AES/EBU and also an I2S implemented as HDMI. A so-called M-IO port for peripheral access is also available at the rear.
The front also offers a connection for headphones, namely via a 6.3 mm stereo jack, and in addition, and this is definitely a special feature, there are sensor buttons for direct playback control.
Various streaming offers
The Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer is initially designed as a dlna-certified UPnP streaming client and can thus access corresponding content in its own network. It supports audio data in Linear PCM with up to 24 bit and 192 kHz, but it does not know how to play back data in DSD.
In addition, the Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer supports Apple AirPlay, Spotify via Spotify Connect, TIDAL via TIDAL Connect, and can access Qobuz, Deezer, Napster, Amazon Music and TuneIn Radio.
As already mentioned, the basis for all this is the VitOS Lite developed by Thunder Data Co. Ltd. Accordingly, the VitOS Lite app for Apple iOS and Google Android is also available for convenient control via smartphone or tablet.
Prices and availability
The new Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer should be available in specialist shops within the next few days, according to the manufacturer. The recommended retail price is € 899,-.
Getting to the point
Although Thunder Data Co. Ltd. refers to the latest streaming solution of the Silent Angel brand, the Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer, as an entry-level solution, it is actually extremely versatile and well-equipped for direct use of a wide variety of content in many different ways, and, if required, also in the form of an audio system reduced to the essentials. In fact, in the simplest case, the new Silent Angel Bremen B2 Network Music Streamer only needs a pair of active loudspeakers as playing partners.
|PRODUCT||SILENT ANGEL BREMEN B2 NETWORK MUSIC STREAMER|
|Manufacturer||Thunder Data Co. Ltd.|
|Distribution Austria||IAD GmbH|
|Distribution Germany||IAD GmbH|
|Distribution Switzerland||AudioSphere GmbH|
|More about this manufacturer at HIFI BLOG|
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