AUDIOPHILE MUSIC STREAMER WITH CHROMECAST, AIRPLAY 2, SPOTIFY CONNECT & ROON READY
We’ve packed SOLO full of features so you’ll never need another streamer. Nice, right? With SOLO you get AirPlay2, Chromecast, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth and Roon Ready. We’ll continue to update SOLO with new features as well, so if anything new and exciting comes along, we’ll be sure to add it in a future update – completely free of course. With analogue, optical and coaxial outputs, connection SOLO to anything should be a breeze.
In designing the SOLO, we made sure to make a product that would make audiophiles happy, but at a price where everyone can get in on the fun. With a signal-to-noise ratio of over 120 dBA, 64 bit volume control and high end components where they really make a difference (but not where they don’t), you can be sure you’ll hear every detail of your favorite songs. Having separate low noise power supplies with two stage (active/passive) filtering might sound like mumbo jumbo but have a listen to SOLO and we promise you can hear the difference.
Making a product without an Ethernet connection is a bold move. To make sure you don’t get drop outs, we’ve designed the wireless connection on SOLO with powerful dual band AC Wi-Fi using diversity antennas. You should have no problem with 24 bit/192 kHz lossless playback over Wi-Fi if your own network is up to the task. The internal Wi-Fi antennas have been placed so that the area with analogue circuits is completely radio-dead, while at the same time covering 360 degrees around the product.
REVIEWS OF SOLO
The Argon Audio SOLO fulfils its promise: Audio streaming made easy. It does so without any fuzz, which is (unfortunately) still remarkable in streaming land. The SOLO offers a particularly wide range of streaming options. Supporting AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Spotify Connect and Bluetooth there is something for every music lover out there, and with Roon Ready even the most discerning audiophile is happy!
Argon Audio SOLO is definitely a great little box! It can be connected with various streaming services, is easy and reliable to set up and provides a really clean sound that even demanding listeners will be satisfied with.
Grade: 1.3 | Class: Premium Class | Price/Performance: Very good
Incredibly easy to operate streamer that sounds better than de € 249 price suggests.
The size of a few CD jewel cases with only a LED on the front and a setup button at the rear. And of course audio connection. The SOLO is as minimalistic as it gets. But don’t be mistaken, It could just as well be named a jewel case for it holds a technological gem. Elegance in its simplest form at only € 249
The Solo's sound quality operates on a level I'd not believed possible for sub €500 streamers until recently. It's not the most dynamics slugger or anal-ytical detail freak. Instead it wins points on a just minimally distanced but very mature pleasure sound that's relaxed yet authoritative, clean/undistorted and spatially expansive. Featurization of Bluetooth, AirPlay and Roon Ready is quite packed if not fully maxed out. Optics, hands-on and industrial design all are exceptional for the money. Finally, I encountered absolutely zero glitch during my time with it. All streaming connections worked off the bat and I suffered zero drop-outs or worse, crashes.
The Argon Audio Solo isn't just an add-on or upgrade path for existing models of the brand. For this coin, it's a true price/performance sensation.
The Argon Audio SOLO does everything right! Its only tiny shortcoming, the lack of an Ethernet socket, can be tolerated in most cases. The Argon Audio streamer is a versatile upgrade option for existing hi-fi systems and active loudspeakers at a low price, which does its job uncomplicatedly in the background. It is also Roon Ready and sounds very good. In short; It's amazing!
- Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz) with Antenna diversity (2 pcs)
- AirPlay 2, Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect and Bluetooth 5.0 incl. AAC
- Multi-room functionality via AirPlay 2 and Chromecast
- Automatic power on/off and automatic switching between audio sources
- Maximum resolution: 24-bit / 192kHz via Roon. 24-bit / 96kHz via Chromecast. 16-bit / 44.1 kHz via AirPlay 2
- Streaming processor: Dual Core ARM Cortex A7 CPU
- Audio processor: ARM Cortex M33
- Connections: Digital audio-out (optical / coaxial), analog audio-out (L / R RCA)
- Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.6 x 15.0 cm (WxHxD)
- Weight: 0.6 kg