Would not your friend have been better off taking the bits out of a stock Mini, instead spending $1000 on a(n asynchronous) USB DAC?
But about the OliveOne:
Seriously? 44.1 KHz WAV fails, in digital out? Isn't that a direct bit-by-bit pass-thru, of the most common sampling rate? If you are correct, that's awfully beta-y, nevermind "working on a solution".
I notice the "myoliveone.com" website has changed, removing the "pre-order" labels from their "Buy" tab. Has anybody actually placed an order within the last month and received one from stock, i.e. in less than a week?
44.1Hz WAV works thru the Coax out to my PS Audio DL III Dac without any distortion.
2. There was a bug though on the current software release when using 44.1Khz audio files (mp3/wav/flac) via its digital output. There is a loud static noise that plays with the music. Everything works well though on audio files with sampling rate more than 44.1Khz. Olive One support is currently working on a solution.
Wow, that's quite a bug... A lot of my music are ripped CD, so I cannot use Olive 1 to steam to my music system...
Also I read there is no native support for Spotify and Pandora, you need to use a smartphone or tablet app to stream.
Could somebody confirm that? How's the steaming works... thru WiFi or bluetooth?
I have an olive 4 HD and I hesitate to order an Olive One .
My configuration is Mcintosh 402 and preamplifier/ DAC Ayon Skylla II . Do you think the sound is good as olive 4HD?
Thanks for your help.