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.
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 are something for every music lover out there. With Roon Ready even the most discerning audiophile is happy!
Argon Audio SOLO is a great little box! Supporting various streaming services. It 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
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 dynamic slugger or analytical 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.
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!
Argon Audio SOLO is a simple and well-functioning streaming device, that can upgrade an existing amplifier with wireless audio streaming in HD quality. It is easy and hassle-free to use – and neat and discreet enough to be accepted into even critically curated interiors. In terms of sound; it manages better than its price suggests.
When you use the analogue output, you quickly hear that music-wise, this is a bit more “gloomy weather” than expensive high-end streamers, but considering the price, it is impossible to criticize Solo for anything. It works well, it is easy to set up, and once it is up and running, it functions without any problems and requires no digital maintenance. If you want to get the full benefit out of it, combine it with an external digital converter or connect it digitally to one of the amplifier's or receiver's digital inputs. Then the result clearly exceeds the price you must pay.
It is amazing how much quality can be achieved for only 249 euros nowadays. Obviously to make this happen Argon Audio had to rationalize costs, and in our opinion, it has succeeded. If you are an old-fashioned audiophile loyal to your beloved physical media, a solution like this could give a breath of fresh air or rather "audiophile liquidity" to your Hi-Fi system. In short, at this price, the Argon Audio manages to offer excellent reproduction quality.
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The Solo is a small streamer that can’t satisfy all wishes. It needs stable Wi-Fi access, and USB access is also missing. However, it has a lot to offer in terms of sound. The price of only 250 Euros for a Roon Ready streamer makes the Solo a hit!
SOUND RATING: 100 POINTS
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Funktioniert tadellos. Super Klang, einfache Connectivität, hochwertiges Design und mega fairer Preis.
It's a good unit. I don't use it to it's full potential (not using the DAC), and I had mistakenly assumed it would have Tidal connect, and I'm yet to try out the Room integration, but so it is good so far.
Customer service was also excellent when I had delivery issues (PostNord).
I send mine back and almost regret it because currently there is no other solution on the market below 500€.
BUT I had issues with the Argon Solo stuttering while playing music via Chromecast from Deezer. I was more than astonished when support told me to decrease audio quality as the argon would not support lossless via WiFi. This is the exact claim made on the product page!
Having to find out that Deezer Hifi is not supported was another disappointment and finally I decided to send it back as it happened twice that I had to pull the plug to make it reconnect to the WiFi.
To sum up, it is currently the only device offering a DAC with Chromecast built in at a reasonable price. But it has some shortcomings.
This is an excellent product, one I'd very much recommend for its excellent sound and simplicity in use. Testament to Argon's standing as a company that backs its products, is that I had minor issues (at my end) in set up; I was provided with prompt and clear response to my queries: first class customer service well in excess of the modest asking price of this great product - highly recommended!