The South Korean-based manufacturer HiFi Rose presents the new network streamer RS250 and a CD drive called RSA780 in a current press release, which complements the streamer for playing and ripping CDs, but can also be used with other external D / A converters.
HiFi ROSE RS250 streamer
This streamer plays content from the Internet or from local libraries (NAS, USB storage) and functions on the one hand as a streaming bridge with coaxial, optical, HDMI and USB output. On the other hand, it can be used as a DAC. Possible feed paths are USB-B and S / PDIF optical and coaxial. An ESS Saber reference DAC is used as the converter, which offers native DSD support (DSD512) and can convert PCM data up to 32 bit / 768 kHz.
If you want, you can also connect an analog high-level source so that the RS250 also functions as a preamplifier. The RS250 can be upgraded with an optionally available, internal 2.5-inch SSD so that music can be stored directly in the device.
The Hifi Rose RS250 supports the streaming services Spotify Connect, Tidal and Qobuz, and MQA files can also be rendered. Apple AirPlay, DLNA and Roon are also supported.
A high-resolution 8.8-inch touchscreen serves as a human-machine interface on the front, while a 3.5-mm headphone jack is also located on the front.
The device can be operated using the touchscreen, the supplied Bluetooth remote control or the ROSE Connect smartphone app, which is available for both iOS and Android.
The external drive is purist and elegant and outputs the data exclusively via USB. With its comparatively high weight for an external drive (900 grams), it should be much more solid and stable than comparable drives.
Price Hifi Rose RS250: 1,999 euros
Price Hifi Rose RSA780: 379 euros