Plinius network media players land in the UK

Plinius, the New Zealand-based hi-fi company, is bringing two of its network media players to the UK through RPD Distribution: the £4900 Tiki (above) and £6375 Toko.

The Tiki is essentially a network capable digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) which connects to your home network via ethernet to play music files stored on a server or NAS drive.

Plinius says using ethernet has several advantages: it's more robust than wireless connectivity, can handle long cable runs around the house and can be used to hook up the media player to a multi-room system.

The use of ethernet also allows the clock signal to be generated within the Tiki, thus helping eliminate jitter that could be introduced by the server or between the server and the player.

There's support for playback of FLAC, AIFF, LPCM and MP3 files up to 24-bit/192kHz, and control is via a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) media controller or UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) smartphone app such as the Plinius Arataki app (available from the Apple Store).

The Plinius Toko offers all the same features as the Tiki, but also includes a built-in CD player with slot-loading mechanism.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.