NEW York-based Autonomic Controls, Inc. which introduced the world’s first cloud-based media server, has unveiled a redesign of its Mirage media server, in guise of the MMS-5A, which is suited to both multi-room audio applications as well as music fans looking for a USB-equipped high resolution digital music player supporting 24-bit/192kHz output.
Local music syncs to the MMS-5A from a Mac, PC or NAS, then uploads to the cloud for automatic library synchronization with other Mirage Media Servers at a different location, offsite backup, and remote library access from anywhere in the world. The MMS-5A can also stream Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Spotify and TuneIn alongside all popular audio formats at native quality. Any content can be played back on a set schedule, providing a more custom, automated program for routine listeners.
A new on-screen user interface allows high-definition browsing of metadata, cover art and slideshows. Mobile apps for iOS devices are also available for control options over multiple zones. The MMS-5A also has increased processing power and additional A/V outputs. Gapless playback eliminates intervening silence at the point of track change for consecutive songs on an album and AirPlay enables guests to contribute content to the MMS-5A using Wi-Fi.
The MMS-5A supports six independent audio streams with digital outputs (including USB) and four stereo pair of analog RCA outputs for distribution to any number of zones. Compatible with standard A/V racks (1RU), the new chassis includes rack ears, optional feet for shelf top display and a defeatable blue light on the front panel. The MMS-5A also includes an IR receiver and remote for browsing media with the on-screen navigation feature and an external power supply eliminating the need for noisy cooling fans.
Sounds like a true-blue heavyweight to us …