Le boîtier Octavio Stream. © Octavio

Octavio Stream Review, the streaming box that brings old audio systems back to life

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If you are one of those music lovers who regretfully put away their stereo because they couldn’t use it stream current events, what is to come should please you. Futura discovered and tested the Octavio Stream, a connected box Wireless which you simply connect to one of the inputs of your audio system and thanks to which you can play music above any streaming service.

The secret weapon of this device is that it supports Hi-Res lossless playback (the most powerful format available for streaming) at up to 24-bit/192kHz. For 199 euros, the Octavio Stream is aimed at people who want to modernize their somewhat outdated audio system or at audiophiles who are looking for a simple solution for streaming Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer Premium, Qobuz and tide to your hi-fi system without sacrificing sound quality.

Before we get to the heart of the matter, a few words about Octavio. The young French company was founded by two musicology students. The design of the streaming box was born as part of their studies before leading to the creation of a tarnishing. The electronics come from Asia, but the manufacture of the case, the packaging and the assembly of the device are carried out in France in Tourcoing and the surrounding area. As a result, the Octavio Stream is not only intended for enthusiasts his quality but Goal also the values ​​of this young company that favors French and local manufacturing.

A general purpose design

The Octavio Stream comes in the form of a rectangular case with rounded corners and compact dimensions (118 x 64 x 21 mm). It is made in plastic by injection with a fairly versatile two-tone black and white finish.

On the back of the Octavio Stream case a USB-C port for power, audio output and a power button. It is compatible with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth 5.0 The device was delivered to us with a cable analogue RCA type, but you can choose 3.5mm jack cable or cable when ordering. Digital mini toslink/toslink depending on the device you want to connect the reader to.

Quality-oriented electronics

There is a under the hood processor ARM Cortex-A53 and a DAC (Digital to analog converter) PCM5102, which can go as far as format Direct digital stream (DSD) used by Super Audio CD. Octavio says he spent a lot of time optimizing the integration of this component. “ It has a good compromise between the faithful side (spaciousness) and a warm and musical rendering. ‘ the designers told us.

The box supports codecs Audio, FLAC, OGG, ALAC, WMA, APE and MP3 codecs. It is also AirPlay 2 compatible and can support playback seamless (without gap between the pieces) above Qobuz. The Wi-Fi connection does not impose any compression Noise that can degrade audio quality. result, the sciences of matter
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Rediscover the quality of a real hi-fi system

For this test we connected the Octavio Stream box to an amplifier. It consists of a barrier reef and several motus, the landmasses, which are covered by an accumulation of material of Detrital origin behind…” data-image =”https:/ /cdn.futura-sciences.com/buildsv6/images/midioriginal/2/ b/e/2bedb5e475_50038548_nukuoro-atoll-nasa.jpg” data-url=”https://news.google.com/planete /definitions/oceanography-atoll-12211/” data-more=”Read more”>atoll IN80 SE and a pair of Jean-Marie Reynaud Opus loudspeakers that have been dormant for several years garage, replaced by a multiroom system. We tested the device with the standard version of Spotify and the French service Qobuz, which offers music in CD quality (16-bit/44.1 kHz) and Hi-Res (from 24-bit/96 kHz).

Between the connection of the box and its software configuration above a smartphone Pixel 6 Proit took less than five minutes to start listen to music. We started with a few tracks from Spotify, which automatically recognized the Octavio steam. Everything works as expected and our hi-fi system was up and running again in no time.Eye while benefiting from the flexibility of streaming.

But it was Qobuz that really got us interested because of the promise of Hi-Res lossless listening. And there to find the disappointment that the automatic connection function is not available in theapplication. A shortcoming that cannot be attributed to Octavio but to Qobuz. We asked the French streaming service about it, who assured us that this feature is high on their priority list, without giving us an exact timeline for its rollout.

Therefore, to use Qobuz, we went through the Octavio Virtuose application, which can be linked to the main existing streaming music services: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music and Apple Music. The user interface is clear, fairly well designed, and strives to reproduce the specifics of each platform. But we don’t find all of its benchmarks and the experience with Qobuz has left us somewhat unsatisfied, especially in terms of the search engine and recommendations.

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Futura’s opinion

The Octavio Steam fulfills its mission and delivers on its promise to bring classic audio systems back to life. It’s an excellent option for anyone who has a hi-fi system that they no longer use or want to upgrade, and a great way to combat unjustified obsolescence.

We love

  • Quick and easy installation
  • Simple and discreet design
  • Ability to stream music in lossless high audio quality
  • Ideal for audiophiles who want to enjoy streaming without having to give up their equipment

We love less

  • Perfectable finish

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