This is achieved through special Linux based software, finely tuned to work in perfect harmony with the hardware.
The player is built inside a massive aluminum chassis by Streacom, modified to accommodate our specific components. Massive heat sinks guarantee ample and, more importantly, passive cooling for the motherboard and power supply and there is not a single cooling fan inside. Additional vibration control is provided by Soundcare SuperSpikes.
Digital signal is fed to an external DAC or USB converter through USB, utilizing a special audiophile SOtM tX-USBexp output board with a separate linear power supply.
The motherboard by DFI uses an Atom 3800 processor and fully supports 64-bit operating systems. Some options of this board were custom built for us by the manufacturer. We are using a well proven industrial board for it guarantees quality parts in the power supply and other areas. The motherboard as well as the USB output board is fed by a separate linear power supply, custom designed for Versus Audio MP. Moreover, the player uses a quality input filter by Furutech and all wiring in the power supply is provided by Oyaide. This filter greatly reduces noise from the mains, which benefits immensely the playback quality.
Versus Audio MP digital transport uses custom Linux based software and MPD software audio player, supporting the majority of today’s audio formats, resolutions and sampling rates. Both the OS and the player have been tuned to achieve maximum audio quality. The software is running from a USB key, plugged directly into the motherboard.
Versus Audio MP supports most existing audio file formats up to 24 bit/ 352 kHz as well as DSD stream up to DSD256 (provided your external DAC
supports DSD stream natively, otherwise it will be converted to 24 bit/ 192 kHz PCM).
The transport can playback files from external USB drives, be it flash or HDD/SSD. Optional internal 2.5 inch storage may also be installed, either HDD up to 4 Tb or SSD up to 3.84 Tb. To block any possible noise generated by the internal storage we recommend using a SATA filter by SOtM (storage and filter are optional). A socket for one hard drive is already pre-fitted; a second one may be installed upon request. Any hard drives installed in Versus Audio MP will work as internal storage accessible from your network for uploading and editing audio files.
Audio content may also be streamed form another PC or NAS server with a shared folder, provided that it is connected to the same local network as the transport. This way of streaming should be preferred from the audio quality point of view, because the storage will be better decoupled when used through Ethernet.
Versus Audio MP can only be controlled and set up via a network, be it wireless from an Android or iOS tablet or smartphone or traditional from a Windows PC or a Mac. Settings can be changed through a proprietary Versus Audio Center interface and audio content can be managed through standard MPD clients like MPaD for iPad, MPoD for iPhone, MPDroid for Android devices, GMPC or Cantata for PC and Cantata for Mac. There are, of course, other applications but these are the most popular.
Besides the MPD player, transport's software features Squeezelite for playing audio files, which can be switched on in the system settings menu. However, to be able to use it you will have to install Logitech Media Server (LMS) on a different computer or NAS server, connected to the same network as Versus Audio MP. After that you will be able to control playback through the LMS interface or iPeng application for iPad. That way you will have easier access to different audio streams on the net, including Internet radio. With LMS, you can even access the popular TIDAL HI-FI service.
Another important feature is the UPnP renderer, which is a MPD front end. It allows to stream audio files from UPnP servers in a network. We suggest using Twonky UPnP server. Best suited control apps are Lumin and PlugPlayer for iPad and Bubble UPnP for Android.
For Apple and iTunes aficionados we offer Airplay compatibility. Using Airplay on iPad / iPhone / iPod and Macs you will be able to use such services as Apple Music, Tidal Hi-Fi, Spotify through our transport.
- Support Tidal Hi-Fi by UPnP renderer through UPnP сontrol point MconnectHD for iOS and Bubble UPnP for Android.
- Support Tidal and Qobuz by UPnP renderer + Bubble UPnP server through Lumim and Kazoo for iOS and Android.
- Support RoonReady.