High-resolution digital audio players are certainly on the rise in terms of popularity, but many of them are essentially super-powered iPods in terms of form factor and features. The Hong Kong-based company Nativ unveiled a new type of music player this week via an Indiegogo campaign that shows just how interesting the future of these players could be.
What Nativ has actually introduced is a three-piece music system, but at the heart of it lies the Nativ Vita — a digital audio player featuring an 11.6-inch touchscreen display and the ability to hold up to 4TB of music. Nativ says the Vita can stream music to “virtually any” wireless speaker or headphones, and features support for built-in streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music in addition to streaming from a smartphone or computer.
The Nativ Vita also supports a number of high-resolution audio formats including DSD up to 11.2896 MHz and DXD up to 32-bit/384 kHz, as well as the new MQA format from Meridian Audio. This format offers smaller file sizes than hi-res FLAC files while providing the same resolution, and features built-in authentication, which Meridian claims allows the format to deliver audio of the same quality as the original master.
If all those features sound like they don’t come cheap, well, you’re right. The centerpiece, the Nativ Vita, will cost backers $1,000 (or $1,100 with a built-in 2TB hard drive) — which is a bargain compared to the $1,600 estimated retail price. And right now, Super Early Bird pricing is available to backers, bringing the price down to $700.
Read more about Nativ courtesy of our good friends at Digital Trends.