Original retail price: £349
Advert reference: 11692
Listed in: Radio
Designed by audio veteran Tom DeVesto, Solo is much more than just a radio, it is a “smart speaker”. It begins with a nearly half inch-thick MDF wood case housing a ¾” soft dome tweeter and custom 3” long-throw, 4-layer voice coil woofer with oversized magnet. The exterior is expertly crafted using one of several furniture-grade, real wood veneers, or a multi-layer piano gloss finish. The custom Digital Signal Processor (DSP), 30 watts per channel RMS Class D digital amplifier, Qualcomm aptX audio, and 3 inputs supporting playback of hi res files result in faithful reproduction of your favorite songs.
Content need not equal confusion. With the touch of a preset button on the anodized aluminum front panel, Solo will power on and begin playing your favorite saved station. Individual sources can also be saved to the presets, allowing Solo to power on and immediately revert to Spotify Connect, Auxiliary, etc. Moreover, preset playback is independent and not limited to whichever source is playing at the time. Bluetooth wireless technology set up is a snap thanks to Near Field Communication (NFC). Artist and song information as well as album art is beautifully reproduced on Solo’s 2.8” TFT color display, and the artwork can even be expanded to fill the entire display.
Filling your home with music is a task especially suited to Solo. Our multi-room feature allows placement of multiple Solos in a single room or in many rooms. Play the same source on all of your Solos, or different sources on different Solos. Why you can even dedicate one Solo for the left channel and another for the right channel to create a wide wireless soundstage. All of this may seem complicated, but Como Audio’s free app for iOS and Android is designed to take the mystification out of multi-room. Of course, a traditional remote is also supplied to control most of Solo’s non-multiroom functions.
Versatility is another word that can be ascribed to Solo. With a USB input (which also doubles as a smart phone charger or power for an accessory like Google’s Cast or Amazon’s Dot) to playback music from a flash drive, an optical input to connect audio from a television and instantly upgrade your TV’s sound, dual alarms, wireless software updates, and an internal switching power supply that automatically detects the correct input voltage, Solo is a true multi-tasker. The name “Solo” is indeed a paradox because when you become one with the music, you are never alone.