I received my Olive ONE in Aug this year after more than a year's wait. Here is my impression of it.
-Beautiful to look at and the aluminum housing is really nicely finished. It seems like a solidly made piece of gear. Only downside on my unit is that the glass touch screen is rather clumsily mounted off-center, so that its circumference is not concentric with the aluminum case. A bit of a let down here, really. And this was after Olive delayed shipments by months to ensure an 'impeccable' finish.
-I hooked it up to my Monitor Audio RX6 and it sounds beautiful, definitely no complains here.
- Poor viewing angles, but you don't buy the ONE to watch a movie on it :-)
- Somewhat non-responsive to the touch. I sometimes find myself jabbing at the screen with increasing pressure and frustration because the unit can be slow to register an input. I suspect this is partly also because the software is a bit laggy in performance. E.g., you can't just press the touch screen for a moment to turn it on. Rather, I find that I have to press the touch screen for a second or so for it to register the input. However, if I were to press the screen a tad longer than that, the unit will turn ON and then OFF!
- Very sensitive to the non-touch(!) On more than one occasion the screen started to misbehave e.g., the volume control was erratically moving up and down though nothing was touching it. I had to rush to turn off the unit to avoid damage to my speakers. (This was with the latest Nov 14 firmware). Other users on Olive's zendesk forum report the same issue.
-This is really the downfall of the player. The interface is laggy and feels like a beta piece of software.
-Intermitten and seemingly random disruptions to playback with my flac files that my PC and Squeezebox handled flawlessly. This requires a complete reset of the unit.
-Still missing advertised features such as multi-room playback and streaming services.
-The android app frequently crashes.
-Olive recently released a roadmap of its planned software enhancements but given the chronic delays that have beset the project so far and Olive's track record, I won't hold my breath that the projected timelines will be met.
-Reading throuh Olive's forum, it seems that at one stage Olive was deleting negative reviews of the ONE posted on zendesk forum. Olive initially denied that was the case, but was eventually forced to apologize after being caught out by those whose posts were deleted. This is really bad form IMO.
I had really wanted to like my ONE. However, it is frustrating to use and has now become an expensive paper-weight. I will definitely not be going anywhere near any Olive product ever again and become an unwitting beta-tester.