Elipson’s Music Centre HD Black system is a streaming all-rounder

Users of the Music Centre Black edition can either stream files up 24-bit/48kHz over aptX Bluetooth HD, or up to 24-bit/96kHz over Google’s Chromecast Audio, which also grants multi-room functionality.

Driven by two 120W Class D amplifiers, the distinctive disc-like system has a wealth of physical connections, including two RCAs and single optical, USB and 3.5mm inputs. On the back panel, there's also a pre-out, headphone jack and subwoofer output with an adjustable filter to cover frequencies between 50 and 200 Hz.

FM and DAB+ tuners are also on the spec sheet, and those who still have large CD collections will be pleased by the inclusion of a CD slot, below which is a touchscreen.

The Music Centre HD Black costs £900 and appears to be a very well-equipped machine. If it follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, it could well have the performance to match. Watch this space.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.