Olive has several HD media streamers on the market today that are all very nice and have tons of features, but those cool features come at a high cost. The last Olive media server I talked about was the 4HD back in November of 2009 and that thing carried a price of $1999. Olive has announced a new music server that is the lowest cost music server in its line with a price tag right under $1000.
That is still a lot of green for a music server, but makes the 3HD about half the price of the older solution. The new server sells for $999 and has a 24-bit/192kHz DAC. The device stores a ton of music with a 500GB AV HDD inside the chassis. That is enough space for almost 5000 HD tracks or 1500 CDs in their original quality.
The server has four layers of noise isolation for the HDD for quiet operation and it has a CDRW drive built in to import music directly to the HDD and burn CDs if you want the music you put onto the machine on a disc. It has 16/20/24-bit rates and supports WAV, FLAC, and MP3 formats. The device has a wired Gigabit Ethernet port on it and a single USB 2.0 port as well. The screen on the front is touch capable and measures 4.3-inches. The device can be had in silver or black and ships with a remote control.