XiVa musicm8 review

This NAS box is more than just a hard-drive. It promises true plug-and-play ability with just about any device you can imagine Tested at £800.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

The musicm8’s a premium NAS, but it’s brilliantly easy to live with

Pros

  • +

    Boasts built-in CD ripping

  • +

    just works, straight out of the box, with loads of popular devices

Cons

  • -

    There are cheaper ways to get 1TB of network storage

Why you can trust What Hi-Fi? Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

If you're interested in using a music server or streaming device, the new XiVa musicm8 could be just what you're looking for.

A sophisticated NAS box with built-in disc-ripping, it's small, very quiet (though not quite silent) and, with 1TB of storage, there's plenty of hard-disk space to store music, photos and video.

Usability justifies price

That said, you'll easily find a media centre PC for the same money, while simpler NAS drives start at £400. So why does the musicm8 cost £800?

Simple: because the XiVA just does what it ought straight out of the box, with no fuss. It has full iTunes support, grabs its own album art and is pre-configured to support many popular devices, such as Squeezebox, Sonos, Linn, Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360.

It's Mac, Windows and Linux-compatible, and rips music into WAV, Flac or MP3. Throw in remote online access and you've a properly thought-out, effective product.

Follow whathifi.com on Twitter

What Hi-Fi?, founded in 1976, is the world's leading independent guide to buying and owning hi-fi and home entertainment products. Our comprehensive tests help you buy the very best for your money, with our advice sections giving you step-by-step information on how to get even more from your music and movies. Everything is tested by our dedicated team of in-house reviewers in our custom-built test rooms in London, Reading and Bath. Our coveted five-star rating and Awards are recognised all over the world as the ultimate seal of approval, so you can buy with absolute confidence.


Read more about how we test