INNUOS ZENITH MK3
THE NEW ZENITH MK3
The Innuos Mk3 Music Server Series continues our pursuit of bringing Digital Music to new heights. Learning from our experience and success with the ZENith MkII SE, and our new collaboration with Dr. Sean Jacobs, the Mk3 family now benefits from trickle-down technology from the highly regarded SE server.
We advanced our design in three key areas : minimizing power noise, reducing vibration and optimizing firmware, resulting in the entire range benefiting from significant upgrades.
Key amongst the many improvements are features such as the new EMI-treated custom motherboard and asymmetrical isolation feet, and a major performance up-tick through a totally innovative and "premium" triple-linear power supply - with ultra-low noise regulators and premium Mundorf Capacitors.
The Zenith Mk3 is designed for demanding Audiophiles who want a smoother, more relaxed sound with a wider soundstage.
In its MK3 form, and at $4.7K, the Zenith has benefited form a trickle down" of much of of the technical prowess of the now discontinued former Innuos flagship model, the $7.5K Zenith SE .... now replaced by the new Innuos Statement, the new "all out" reference-class Uber-Server.
Innovative Triple-Linear Power Supply with ultra-low noise regulators and Premium Mundorf Capacitors
Anti-vibration treatment on chassis and electronic components
Independent floating optical drive and SSD platform
Medical-grade Mains Filter
Dual Ethernet Ports for LAN and Streamer with isolation transformers
In-Memory playback with 4GB Cache
Ultra-low Noise USB Audio Output
Quad-core Intel CPU, 8GB RAM
Standard Storage : 1 TB ( 2TB -- + $650 / 4TB -- + $1400 )
Free UPS 2-day Expedited Direct Drop Shipping - Delivery Lead Time is ~7 days from date of order payment
We Invoice via SQUARE (CC) or PayPal. Contact us for Check / Wire Payment discount.
HiFi Choice - Ed Selley July 2019
The Zenith Mk3 delivers a potent and flexible specifiction, with one of the best interfaces going ... and is compatible with Roon front ends. The price may be high, but it delivers an outstanding performance that will inspire confidence even for those starting out in network audio, and so should be near the top of any shortlist.
Hans Beekhuyzen Channel - November 2019
Hans Beekhuyzen has followed up on his comprehensive ZEN Mk3 video review by taking a look at the next model up in the range - the ZENith Mk3.
The Innuos ZENith Mk3 is the ZEN Mk3 on steroids. It is also a one box server/streamer solution of high quality. It keeps surprising me to what degree sound quality can be improved by taking more care when sending a digital signal over USB to a DAC - and the ZENith Mk3 does a damn good job doing just that.
Watch the Hans Beekhuyzen video about the Zenith MK3
Digital Output - Ultra Low Noise USB 2.0 supporting USB Audio Class 1, USB Audio Class 2 and DoP
Ethernet - 2x isolated RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet - LAN and Streamer connection
Other - 1x VGA (service connection only)
USB - 1x USB 2.0 (DAC), 1x USB 3.0 (Backup)
CD Formats - Red Book
Disc Compatibility - CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Audio format for stored CDs - FLAC (zero compression), WAV
Audio Formats Supported for streaming and playing - WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3
Sample Rates - 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4KHz. 192kHz, 352.8KHz, 384KHz , DSD64, DSD128
Bit Depths - 16bit, 24bit, 32bit
USER CONTROL INTERFACES
Web Interface - Web Browsers from iOS, Android (4.0 and up) or up-to-date Windows and OS X browsers
Mobile - App for iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows 10
CD/DVD drive -TEAC Slot-loading drive
Hard Drive - 1Tb SAMSUNG EVO SSD
CPU - Intel Quad Core 2GHz
Memory - 8Gb DDR3 - 4Gb dedicated for Memory Playback
STREAMING AND CD STORAGE
UPnP/DLNA - UPnP Server DLNA device compatible
USB - Connect and play to USB DACs (USB Audio Class 1 and Class 2, DoP)
Average CD Storage Time - 5 minutes
CD Metadata - OneMusicAPI aggregating multiple CD metadata sources
COMPATIBLE MUSIC SYSTEMS
Sonos Multi-room Wireless Music System
Naim Mu-so Multi-room Wireless Music System
Denon HEOS Multi-room Wireless Music System
Squeezebox Multi-room Wireless Music System
Naim Uniti music streamers
Linn DS music streamers
Cambridge Audio CXN
DLNA/UPnP compatible devices
USB DACs complying to USB Audio Class 1 or 2
USB DACs supporting DSD over DoP protocol
Internet connection to access album metadata when storing CDs, Internet Radio, Streaming Services and software updates
Network router with at least one available ethernet port
Premium subscription required for some streaming services such as Spotify, Qobuz and Tidal
Music Controller -- Remote control app compatible with the Logitech Media Server (Free and Paid versions available) or Web Browser - Most modern web browsers and platforms are supported
DAC / Converter -- DAC with USB input supporting USB Audio Class 1, USB Audio Class 2 or DoP protocols
Mains Supply -- 120V AC - Internal Triple-Linear Power Supply with ultra-low noise regulators
Power Consumption 12W when idle, 25W peak
Dimensions 70 x 420 x 320 mm (H x W x D)
Weight 9 Kg
Contact us to discuss an in-home DEMO
Our Take on the INNUOS Servers at Atelier 13 Audio
I really don't know where to start when it comes to describing the pleasure I am experiencing with the INNUOS servers in our various systems here at Atelier 13 Audio ...there are many aspects to this. I am essentially a Vinyl lover, appreciated the convenience of very acceptable CD-playback through top CD Transports and excellent DACs....but I had never been a friend of server-based playback whether Hi-Rez or otherwise. Ripping quality of CDs was dubious, restitution of downloaded hi-rez files not "exactly musical", and this in every sense of the what has been, and still was, commonly known as the sub-optimal "Digital Experience". With time, digital file quality improved somewhat, and DACs have certainly improved musically, at least some of them. Nonetheless, what still was a major annoyance was the geeky complexity of server operating application set-up, glitches in interface, and the notorious Wifi/Networking headaches plaguing the entire "Command and Control" aspect of the user experience.
Although I am over 60, I am not a computer neophyte as I use all manner of sophisticated CAD apps and have hacked my own Windows OS in the days when this was still easy. I personally will always be able to manage my way through the process of setting up server based systems. But I am also a Dealer, and very many of my clients are not able to do so, nor do they have the slightest inclination to want to be put through any sort of torture of this kind. As so much of this gear was still GEEK-oriented, something needed to change if servers were going to appeal to all types of users.
Enter the INNUOS servers. Well, suffice it to say that it takes about 15 to 30 minutes to set up these servers and start listening to music ... Awesome ! 15minutes if opting for only UPNP, and about 15 minutes more if wanting to use ROON / Streaming as well. The INNUOS software itself is super-simple and intuitive. Its ability to link and operate with iPENG9 and Logitech LMS players is equally simple. So .. finally ...we now can look forward to no more headaches ...leaving the all important question:
How do the INNUOS servers sound ? The answer is, in one word ... SUPERB, and this from a Vinyl lover ... truly superb.
... ahhh, "que les dieux de la musique soient bénis"... may the gods of music be blessed !
InnuOS Operating System
Powered by innuOS
innuOS allows complete Music Library management using a tablet or smartphone. Ripping CDs, importing music, editing album data (including covers) and backing up your music library can all be done easily without the need for a PC/Mac computer. innuOS also contains many intelligent features to help organise your Music Library such as our rule-based music import engine or the Assisted CD Ripping mode.
Intelligent CD Ripping
Using AccurateStream technology, extract every last bit of your CDs into WAV or FLAC files.
Automatic CD Ripping
Just pop-in a CD! innuOS will automatically get full album data and cover from multiple online databases, rip your CD and eject when done.
Assisted CD Ripping
Assisted CD Ripping allows you to see and edit all the album data and cover obtained from the online databases before you rip the CD. Great for Classical Music!
Love to listen to music whilst ripping your CDs and want absolute silence? Just engage Quiet Mode for slowing down ripping, making it much quieter and with less vibration.
CDs can be ripped without internet connection. When connected, album data and cover for all offline ripped CDs will be obtained with a simple click.
Digital Music Import
Import Wizards for Existing Libraries
Pre-defined wizards for importing music from USB storage, Music Servers and NAS.
Intelligent Import Engine
innuOS takes all the hard work of importing music by intelligently analyzing the music files and applying a number of rules such as:
Organising the music based on format quality (compressed, cd quality or high-resolution), Artist and Album
Removing very long file names or illegal characters
Adding metadata to WAV files based on folder structure
Download from Online Stores
Qobuz, Linn Records, HD Tracks, HiResAudio, B&W Society of Sound, iTunes, Amazon and more. Just download the music files (even if they are in a zip or tar file) to the Auto Import shared folder and the server will take care of adding and updating the music library.
Music Library Management
Edit or Delete Albums
Browse your library, select the album you want to update and just start editing directly on your tablet or smartphone. You can change the cover, manage genres based on previously used genres or simply delete the album - couldn’t be easier.
Quarantine is a staging area, separate from the Music Library, where any albums requiring attention are placed so they can be fixed before they go into the Music Library. These include :
Albums with no metadata
Ripped albums with damaged tracks
Potentially duplicated albums
Albums ripped offline
Automatic Music Library Update
After music is added, modified or deleted, the library is automatically updated as well as any connected systems such as Sonos or UPnP Streamers.
Music Server Management
Automatic Network Identification
No more figuring out IP addresses find your server. Just go to my.innuos.com on your tablet or smartphone to list all Innuos devices on the network and access the innuOS App from there.
Update the system with a touch of a button to benefit from our continuous improvements: new functionalities, enriched customer experience or enhanced sound quality.
Automatic Backup to USB Drive or NAS
Backup of your music library can be set on innuOS to start automatically based on library growth (e.g. every time 50 CDs are added) to either a USB backup drive or to a NAS on the network.
HIFI Music Player
Rediscover Your Music and Discover New One
Play all your music as well as Internet Radio and streaming services with the best sound quality by connecting directly to a DAC or Digital Amplifier via asynchronous USB.
Spotify, Tidal and Qobuz require premium subscription
Supports All Major Music Formats
The innuOS Music Player plays FLAC, DSD, MQA, WAV, Apple Lossless, AIFF, M4A and MP3 supporting bitrates up to 32bit/384KHz and DSD256, when connecting to compatible DACs
Playback from NAS
Play music stored on an external NAS drive.
The innuOS Music Player can optionally become a Roon-Ready player so you can use the amazing Roon interface to explore your music like never before.
STREAMERS & MULTI ROOM SYSTEMS
Perfect Integration with Sonos
innuOS can automatically connect its music library to a Sonos system at the touch of a button as well as automatically rescan the Sonos Music Library when any album is added, modified or deleted from the Music Library.
Fast and Reliable UPnP Server
innuOS also contains a UPnP Server configured out-of-the-box to work flawlessly with a number of UPnP-based systems:
Wireless multi-room: such as Denon HEOS, Bang & Olufsen and BOSE amongst others
Music streamers such as Naim, Linn , Moon, Auralic and many others
innuOS will also optionally integrate Roon Core* so you can use innuOS with other Roon-Ready streamers for a complete multi-room system.
* A Roon license, purchased separately, is required
innuOS can be integrated with the most popular home automation control systems such as RTI, Control4, KNX, AMX, Elan, Crestron and iRidium.