Autonomic hopes that its new Mirage media server will successfully address multi-room audio applications without offending music enthusiasts seeking a high-resolution digital music player with USB output that supports up to 24-bit/192kHz output. The new Mirage Media Server MMS-5A, which replaces the company’s MMS-5, will be available through authorized dealers beginning June 25, for $4,250 MSRP.
Autonomic’s Mirage Media Server MMS-5A
According to Autonomic, local music syncs to the MMS-5A from a Mac, PC, or NAS, then uploads to the cloud for automatic library synchronization with other Mirage Media Servers at a different location, offsite backup, and remote library access. The MMS-5A also streams Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Spotify, and TuneIn alongside all popular audio formats at native quality. USB audio, AirPlay, and gapless playback are intended to provide a more dynamic and fulfilling music experience. Any content can be played back on a set schedule, providing a more custom, automated program for routine listeners.
The MMS-5A is engineered exclusively for custom integrators and includes several user interface options, including pre-programmed modules for most major control and automation systems. The MMS-5A also features a new on-screen navigation user interface for high-definition browsing of metadata, cover art, and slideshows. Mobile apps for iOS devices are also available, providing an array of control options for effortless music enjoyment in multiple zones (an Android module is in development and will be available soon, according to the company.)
The new MMS-5A also boasts increased processing power and additional AV outputs. Gapless playback eliminates intervening silence at the point of track change for consecutive songs on an album and AirPlay enables guests to contribute content to the MMS-5A using Wi-Fi.
The MMS-5A supports six independent audio streams with digital outputs (including USB) and four stereo pair of analog RCA outputs for distribution to any number of zones. Compatible with standard AV racks (1RU), the new chassis includes rack ears, optional feet for shelf top display, and a defeatable blue light on the front panel. The MMS-5A also includes an IR receiver and remote for browsing media with the on-screen navigation feature and an external power supply eliminating the need for loud cooling fans.