Cocktail had their new brawnier and refined X-50 server/player on hand. And I’m comparing it to the previous X-30 model, which I’d seen at previous shows. The new X-50 feels much heavier and looks built to kill in a solid black case. On the front is a similar layout to the X-30, with a CD slot on the left and a slightly larger color display on the right.

Plenty of formats and services are supported: PCM up to 24/192, up to double DSD, TIDAL, Deezer, Qobuz, Airable, Airplay, FM (yes the old fashioned radio thing) and Spotifiy Connect. There is also UPnP(DLNA) Server/Client/Media Renderer for streaming playback and control remotely via network, in addition to a Samba Server/Client capability. On the back are plenty of digital outputs and you can add internal storage up to 6TB either as HDD or SSD, and you can double that for RAID redundancy.

There are also Android and iOS apps to control the thing and the retail price is pegged at a reasonable $2,695 considering the build quality and feature set.