Audiolab Omnia (Silver)
The sleek unit that does it all
When it comes to what the Omnia does, the answer is pretty much everything hi-fi related! There’s a built-in CD player and network streamer for your main music sources. DTS Play-Fi technology provides easy access to Internet radio and your favourite music services. It also functions as a multi-room audio enabler. The built-in DAC means the unit works with your digital sources, making it easy to connect your TV, games console and PC. At the other end of the audio scale, there are analogue inputs, including one for a turntable (with MM cartridge). Bluetooth connectivity and USB inputs complete the connections. Just connect your choice of speakers or headphones and you’re good to go.
Audiolab amp at its heart
Back in the early 1980s, Audiolab’s first product was an amp – the legendary 8000A. It’s good to see that the amp in the Omnia is as impressive as you’d expect from this top hi-fi brand. Using a substantial power supply, with multiple outputs, the Omnia has plenty of oomph and the clarity to match. The Class AB amp produces 50 watts per channel, giving effortless, room-filling sound. The pre-amp section works fully independently, letting you add your choice of active speakers or a more powerful power amp.
The best home for your headphones
If you’re a ‘can fan’ then you’ll be just as impressed by the Omnia’s dedicated headphone amplifier. The independent, current feedback amplifier supports a wide range of headphones – from 20 – 600 ohms. The dedicated headphone amp delivers punchy, dynamic sound to your headphones, even if they prove tough to drive. If you suspect you’ve never quite got the full potential from your headphones, the Omnia should have the power to impress.
Whether it’s a CD or Spotify, Internet radio or sound from your TV, digital sound processing plays a hug part in the final sound. Making sure the Omnia makes the right impression with all media, it uses a top quality ES9038Q2M/32 bit DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor). Combined with the powerful processing, it means you get scintillating digital sound that’s compatible with many Hi-Res music formats, including MQA.
DTS Play-Fi for effortless music streaming
DTS Play-Fi is a premium, wireless control system that brings everything under one 'roof'. Download the free app and you'll not only have access to Internet radio via Sirius XM but also popular music apps such as Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and Amazon Music. As well as streaming from music services, the Omnia also streams from NAS drives and PCs with UPnP support.
Multi-room potential – DTS Play-Fi and Roon Tested
More than just a single zone music streamer, Play-Fi offers the potential for full multi-room music. Simply add other Play-Fi compatible sources and you'll quickly be able to build up a comprehensive music system around your home - all under the control of a powerful app. The Omnia is also Roon Tested, making it compatible with the Roon multi-format, multi-room software system.
Versatile, high quality CD player
Making the most of the Sabre ESS DAC, the CD player delivers the full potential from your CDs. Using a read-ahead digital buffer, it’s also more tolerant of imperfect discs that might be scratched or dirty, letting you play your most loved discs that other players won’t.
Asynchronous PC input and MQA for Hi-Res music
The DAC can also be accessed via the asynchronous USB, PC input. This is the ideal way to connect your PC or laptop and listen to your digital music library. Compatible with many Hi-Res music files, including DSD (Direct Stream Digital), the USB input turns this system into a powerful Hi-Res player. The Omnia is also compatible with Hi-Res MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) music files. Although studio master quality, the beauty of MQA is that files are small enough to easily stream and don't take up so much storage space on your player. A further USB port is ideal for media players and also supports Hi-Res music files.
Plug in your TV and games console
As well as streaming, the Omnia lets you hook up your other digital sources. Twin optical and coaxial inputs let you connect your TV, Set-top TV box, Blu-ray/DVD and games console. Once connected, you not only benefit from the Audiolab’s award-winning amp tech but also the reference quality digital electronics – giving amazing clarity and detail.
Bluetooth your smartphone
For quick and easy connectivity with your smartphone, simply use the Bluetooth 5.0 link. Ideal for smartphones, tablets and laptops with Bluetooth, this wireless connection gives easy access to music stored on your phone and music streaming services, such as Spotify, Tidal and Deezer.
And not forgetting your turntable
With all its digital connections, the Omnia still hasn’t forgotten about your analogue sources. As well as three line level inputs, there’s also a handy turntable input for decks with a MM (Moving Magnet) cartridge. The high quality, low noise phono pre-amp delivers a full-bodied balance that does justice to the warmth and depth of vinyl sound.
Equipped with a 4.3 inch, TFT colour display, the Omnia is easy to use. It was also display real-time VU metres, letting you keep a track on the dynamic peaks from your music.
Catering for all your music sources, in style, the Audiolab Omnia is the complete package.