Technics Ottava SC-500 Test

The mini-plant of Technics ottava SC-500 should be not only cute and points for design aficionados: Technics promises sophisticated digital audio and speaker technology. With MEDY Jitterkiller and Omni-directional speakers want to put the Japanese characters. Progress or a step too far? The test reveals that.

From some angles, the boxes of the Ottava system reminiscent of B & O. Instead of boring wooden crates is the exciting three-parter of Technics with delicate blocks of sound that to wrap only in fabric and aluminium. The wraparound cover has more than just Visual reasons: the 2-way systems are not just eye-catching promise also all-round listening fun thanks to the “emotive acoustic” technology of the revived Panasonic subsidiary from every direction.

Connections and sound formats

But not only in the choice of the listening area, the smart system is to provide maximum freedom. Also in the selection of the source, the great freedom beckons. The set functions except as a CD player as network audio system, or as an external sound card for the computer. And who likes wirelessly play music from his Smartphone or tablet, has AirPlay via Wi-FI or Bluetooth to the selection.

But if you like, can be ottava also on the leash and supply via LAN from the DLNA compliant media server with audio data streams. FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC up to 192 kHz / 24-bit, AAC, MP3, WMA, DSD 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz come over CAT cable to the destination. Selection of sound formats, which can play back over the easily accessible USB-A connector on the flat aluminium front is as generous.

It is when using the USB-B socket for the connection of computers to make smears in the diversity of formats. Here, ottava only LPCM audio processed up to 32 bit / 192 kHz resolution and DSD with 2.8 and 5.6 MHz. For those who like more conservative, finds a quick access CD drive with transparent top loader cover; the integrated lighting creates a certain nostalgia of SL-1210.

Operation

The older fans will appreciate the large, non-slip and clear remote control, although this ottava below can be controlled the general trend over a free app (‘Technics Music’, iOS and Android). A third option, the user can retrieve frequently used functions on the touch sensitive area of the display. Also, solid volume buttons made of metal sitting on the front.

Once stood for high competence in D/A conversion technics. When other companies worked the late of 1980s with multi bit converters, which were in principle very prone to distortions in the zero crossing of the audio signal, the Japanese were already on the current Sigma-Delta conversion. Already the MASH converters (multi stage noise shaping) relied on the pulse-width modulation (PWM).

With the so-called MEDY engine (jitter elimination and noise shaping optimisation), which opts for a more accurate timing in the elaborate sampling rate converter Technics plays this experience, jitter-related distortions to the data and to implement perfectly as possible via PWM-D/A converter in music.

Speaker SC-C501

The developers gave also great attention the last link in the chain. The SC-C501 speakers set on 360-degree sound. An undertaking on which generations of engineers and innovators have already tried with varying degrees of success.

Technics employs a 2-way system with fully arranged 1.9 cm tweeters. The stacked lying back to back mounted 16-cm deep midrange to free themselves by opposite movements of membrane vibration and blowing in a helical WaveGuide. The centers are transmitted via reflectors.

Hearing test

This bold design ensures a very spatial sound that reminded the viewer’s depending on the seat or position of a concert hall or a laundry room. The sounds were largely free of distortions and also tonally in principle in the framework. However, the figure for many tastes seemed too diffuse, sometimes even overly verhallt and confusing.

Who is ultimate neutrality and accuracy, the performance of the Ottava system is not particularly inspire the – despite their sufficiently rich for the dimensions of the boxes in normal living rooms bass reproduction. That ottava plays here, where a soundtrack as a neat background to everyday life is called its strengths. Will the new Technics technology music from the secondary to the main issue, requires some compromises.

Conclusion

The ominous Omni-directional speakers were not without controversy in the newsroom. But the sound performance is the usual purpose of such systems, the background sound or as secondary plant, quite fairly. So wherever you eh not devoutly sets the stereo triangle to listen to the third violinist from left when you scroll to the note sheet. In such cases, the entire concept is one more. And that is good Bluetooth and app plus remote control with CD, streaming, WIRELESS.

 

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