Hello Mark and others,
the most important fact at first. The sound of the One is good. Of course this judgement depends on the expectations and the hardware which is combined with the One. From my perspective there is no loss in quality if you compare to other sources, but I have to enhance that I don’t have „golden ears“. I use the digital out of the One, which is combined with an M2tech Young (+Palmer Battery) and plugged into an Audionet Sam V2. My speakers „Sehring 703SE“ are from a little company in Berlin. From my point of view my entire system puts more emphasis on a realistic, most likely „analytic“ reproduction. I know that highfidelity enthusiasts do not like my description but I hope you can imagine what I mean. I don’t have the equipment to do a fair comparision between the sources I own, so it’s subjective. I compared with my Olive 4 (not 4hd) and with my iPod classic (digital out through Onkyo ND-S1, so the DAC of the iPod is disabled) and my Audionet Art V2 CD-Player. I can’t hear any difference while comparing for a few hours. The tracks are stored as Apple Lossless (I tried mp3-files, 320kbits, with analogue results), the metadata are edited with „mp3tag“.
The One is stable so far, intuitive in use. There are no major bugs like in the firmware versions of my older Olives. The touch sensibility is not as good as the iPad’s one, but better than the one the Olive 4 offers, the covers are clear (again not as impressive as on an iPad). The reaction is fast, the processor is obviously faster than the older ones (I never used a Olive 6hd). The search function is fast as far as I used it.
The metadata of the stored files cannot be edited through the One so far (planned later), it’s better be checked before transfered. If you like to delete an album, you can do it directly or delete the folder in the smb folder „My Olive Music“. The entire transfer process is much easier and faster than with my older Olives.
I checked the 3,5mm analog out for headphones (with Audeze LCD-2, AKG K701). It sounds good but my Violectric HPA-V200 makes it better – in this case I can hear a fundamental difference – the sound is much more full and clear. No wonder – the price of the headphone amplifier is higher than the price of the Olive One.
An essential difference since the One is released seems to be the support (just the first months?). Everything I asked was answered within 24 hours, most questions within two hours. As I noticed the negative experiences made by many of the forum members here with their support this is remarkable.
Feel free to ask more specific!
Kind regards from Germany!