The HiFi Rose RS130 is the ultimate network streaming transport. This is a flagship device suited to any audiophile looking for the best possible way to get a whole world of digital audio content to their DAC.
A totally clean digital signal has been achieved with a variety of new technologies including optical network connectivity, optical USB connection options and a high-precision OCXO clock.
Optical fibre data transfers are noise-resistant, fast and reliable, even over longer distances. Therefore, the RS130 supports sending and receiving data using Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) transceivers over ethernet. Similarly, fibre USB technology is more immune to electromagnetic noise and achieves greater signal stability, which is why the RS130 boasts a fibre USB 3.0 input.
Further, HiFi Rose will also soon offer the RSA720 USB Hub with fibre output, to allow this still-developing technology to upgrade the performance of any local, USB attached music storage.
The RS130 maximises the accuracy of its digital output signal by using a high-precision OCXO 10MHz clock. This type of clock is amongst the most accurate and stable on the current market, regardless of temperature changes, and is purpose-designed to suppress jitter generation. There’s also an external master clock input, for synchronising the clock signal between various devices.
Throughout the RS130 signal path, HiFi Rose’s designers have selected premium components and technologies to ensure no part of the transport process is compromised. This logic even transfers to the actual board layout, where the AC power supply, DC power supply and audio-signal processing circuits are physically isolated from each other.
The entire circuitry is then fed by a newly designed 15V DC / 6.67A power supply section, featuring high-capacity supercapacitors and a shielded linear power supply. This innovative design provides excellent power delivery to the main audio circuitry, with sufficient headroom to ensure the power supply is never under stress and the performance is never compromised. The end result is dramatically reduced power noise and a sound performance from the RS130 that is entirely natural and faithful to the original.
At the centre of the RS130 experience is ROSE OS, HiFi Rose’s Android-based operating system, which opens up a world of music and video to your streamer.
Rose OS allows users to play music and video files from a local storage device (USB, MicroSD or SATA), or access files elsewhere on your home network with a DLNA connection to any NAS drives or other storage devices. The Music app gives a clean presentation of all your connected music storage and is easy to navigate and use. Rose OS also features built-in apps for Tidal, Qobuz and Apple Music - giving complete access to their extensive streaming libraries.
The Tidal app even gives access to the service’s music video streaming content for playback on the RS130 screen or via the HDMI output. On top of this already impressive feature set, the RS130 is also an MQA decoder, for full playback of Tidal Masters tracks.
The RS130 further benefits from a dedicated 256GB SSD for audio caching, eliminating the impact of vibrations and noise that can occur when playing audio from a hard drive connected via USB. Additionally, it minimises latency errors that can occur during network streaming, allowing for more stable caching and playback, which prevents audio quality degradation.
Connect what you need
The RS130 is designed to be at the front of your digital audio system, and as such it boasts a variety of inputs and outputs. There are more traditional Coaxial, Optical and AES/EBU outputs, alongside an Audio USB output and a selectable I2S output.
The HDMI video output allows you to play video or music information to a connected screen. The EXT Clock BNC inputs allow for clock synchronisation and the USB inputs allow for local music storage attachment. The USB 3.0 Fibre port can only be used by connecting an SFP module and using an external USB 3.0 Fibre Hub, like the RSA720 (available soon), and an optical cable.
The 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet port can be used with SFP Fibre and Copper modules for appropriate network connectivity.
The RS130 has been designed from the ground up to function as the ultimate network transport device. With innovative technologies and industrial design characteristics throughout, it’s capable of delivering perfect digital audio to any connected DAC, resulting in a sound that is natural, free of unwanted noise, and coloured only by the influence of your chosen DAC.
|Main Chipset||RK3399 (28nm HKMG Process) / Six-Core ARM 64-bit processor, up to 2.0GHz Based on Big.Little architecture, Dual-Core Cortex-A72 and Quad-Core Cortex-A53 with separate NEON coprocessor / ARM Mali-T860 MP4 Quad-Core GPU|
|OS||Customised Android 7.1 based ROSE OS|
|Design||Size||430 (W) x 317 (D) x 125 (H) mm|
|Memory||DRAM||4GB Dual-Channel LPDDR4|
|Flash||8GHz High-Speed eMMC / M.2 M-key 256MB NVMe / External SSD Supported|
|Codec||Video||H.264 / H.265/ VP9 up to 4K x 2K @ 60fps / H.264 / MVC / VP8
Encoders by 1080p @ 30fps
- PCM : 8kHz ~ 768kHz (8 / 16 / 24 / 32bits per Sample)
- DSD Native: DSD64(1bit 2.8MHz), Stereo
DSD128(1bit 5.6MHz), Stereo
DSD256(1bit 11.2MHz), Stereo
DSD512(1bit 22.4MHz), Stereo
- SPDIF Output
- USB Audio Class 2.0 device
|Front||Button||Power, Mute, Favourites, Play / Pause|
|LCD & TSP||TFT LCD 15.4" 1920 x 382 pixels(eDP) / Active area: 381.888 x 75.97mm / Capacitive touch|
|IR||38kHz IR Receiver Port|
|Rear||AC Inlet||AC 100 - 240v|
|I2S||AES / EBU Out x1 / HDMI I2S Out x1|
|SFP Ethernet||10/100/1000 BASE-T x1 (SFP Copper Type)|
|USB 3.0||USB 3.0 / 1A (V-Type) x2, SFP x 1|
|USB 2.0||USB 2.0 / 500mA Class 2.0 device x1 (USB-DAC Output)|
|Optical Out||SPDIF x1|
|Coaxial Out||RCA x1|
|AUDIO Input / Output Specification|
|Input||BNC||EXT 10MHz 50 ohm IN x 1, EXT 10MHz 75 ohm IN x 1|
|Output||HDMI||HDMI 2.0 4k x 2k 60hz display resolutions|
|I2S (HDMI)||32bit / 768kHz sampling rate|
|SPDIF||24bit / 192khz sampling rate|
|AES / EBU||32bit / 384kHz sampling rate|
|Coaxial||32bit / 384kHz sampling rate|
|Accessories||Remote Control||IR (38kHz) Bluetooth Combo Remote Control|
|Power Cable||AC Cable 1.5m|