The MAN301 - music archive network player

The MAN301 is a system for music archiving, music library maintenance, music playback, CD ripping, Internet radio streaming and more.

The MAN301 comes in two versions, the "DAC" version includes a D/A Converter (the MAN301DAC), the "SERVER" version has digital outputs only for connecting an external D/A Converter (the MAN301SERVER). The SERVER version can be user upgraded to the DAC version at any time.

A complete MAN301 system consists of:

An external NAS (Network Attached Storage) device, typically a harddisk or an array of harddisks. This allows for virtually unlimited storage space for music files.

An iPad device with the Weiss app for remote control of the Base Station.

A means of accessing the Internet by the Base Station for fetching CD cover art and CD metadata.

MAN 301 front

MAN 301 back

MAN 301 interfaceFeatures:

  • external music storage on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device or USB device, no internal storage for music files. Recommendations for suitable NAS devices are supplied
  • remote control via an Apple iPad, no keyboard, mouse, monitor required
  • digital inputs for external audio sources: AES/EBU or S/PDIF on XLR, RCA, TOSLINK
  • digital outputs to external D/A Converters: AES/EBU on XLR and RCA, FireWire, USB
  • DAC Version: Analog outputs on XLR and RCA
  • DAC Version: The built-in D/A converter is of similar design to our renowned DAC202 unit
  • wordclock input and output on BNC for synchronization
  • Ethernet for connecting to NAS, local network
  • WiFi antenna for connecting to iPad, local network
  • typical setups: 1) MAN301 connected directly to the NAS and iPad, in addition (optionally) to the in-house WiFi for Internet access. 2) MAN301, NAS, iPad connected to a WiFi Router.
  • multiple MAN301 devices can be controlled from within a single iPad
  • multiple users per MAN301 device are supported, each with his/her own music library, playlists, searches etc.
  • multiple NAS units can be added to the library for unlimited storage
  • all common audio file formats (uncompressed, losslessly compressed, lossy compressed) are supported for playback and ripping
  • up to 192kHz / 32bit supported
  • music library displayed according to album names, artist names, genres, recently played, recently added
  • powerful search facility, allows to store searches which result in dynamic playlists
  • playlists are easily added, edited and can be set safe
  • volume control in 4 coarse analog steps and with a high resolution, dithered digital fader
  • start, stop, skip, back controls
  • repeat single track or repeat whole playlist function
  • powerful cover art search algorithm which allows the user to select the most appropriate cover art out of an intelligent pre-selection
  • CD ripping in all common file formats (uncompressed, losslessly compressed, lossy compressed)
  • CD playback without the need to rip the CD
  • CD metadata fetching from various databases
  • comprehensive user interface on iPad, easily to be handled even by computer novices
  • software upgradeable via Internet
  • internet radio streaming
  • future software upgrades will include various DSP facilities

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MAN 301 front

MAN 301 back

MAN 301 interface

MAN 301 interface