Wolf Audio Systems has introduced the Luna R Audio Server. Leveraging technology and infrastructure developed for the company’s Alpha 3 SX class of audio servers, Wolf has refined the second generation of the Luna to achieve audio quality levels previously found only in Wolf’s full-sized server lines.
The Wolf Luna R is, first and foremost, engineered to deliver high-end audio performance. Utilizing the same silicon architecture found in the Alpha 3 SX, Wolf’s second-generation Luna brings the Luna line much closer to Alpha and Red Wolf-level sound quality. The redesigned Flux Capacitor master clock is an optional upgrade; by operating at a high 24 MHz clock rate, the Flux Capacitor ensures more accurate reconstruction and transmission of digital audio.
Depending on the option chosen, the Luna R features either an audio-modified Windows 10 Pro or new, proprietary Linux-based WolfOS operating system. The Luna R offers 2 TB storage capacity (expandable to 32 TB), 24-bit and DSD playback capability, an upgraded Flux Capacitor 24 MHz master clock, and additional improvements. The Flux Capacitor creates stable USB audio signals with less jitter and better accuracy.
The Luna R has a half-rack design that fits easily into most audio systems. It can play back a wide variety of stereo and multichannel audio formats, including FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, SACD, DSF, DFF, (PCM) from 16 – 32 bits, 44.1, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 384, and 768 kHz audio, and DSD DoP and Native up to DSD1024.
At the heart of the Luna R is Wolf’s Windows-based operating system. Users can also opt to utilize WolfOS Linux-based operating system, based on Ubuntu software. The WolfOS features a custom kernel that offers the lowest I/O latency possible, keeps the audio functions isolated from the rest of the server, and works seamlessly with the Luna R’s output circuitry, according to the company. The Luna R includes 2 TB of SSD (solid state drive) storage capacity. An optional 32TB of expansion capability can also be added internally, while the Luna R can interface with external hard drives and any NAS system via the network. The Luna R’s Teac Blu-ray transport, now standard on Wolf audio servers, enables users to rip CDs and play audio discs in DVD and Blu-ray. The drive can also burn discs for storage or transport.
The Luna R incorporates a host of additional refinements to ensure ultimate audio performance. These upgrades are the result of a collaboration between Wolf Audio Systems, Stillpoints and eXemplar Audio. The refinements address the areas of micro-vibration control, electrical grounding, and radio frequency interference (RFI) suppression
The Luna R offers access to its musical content via HDMI and DisplayPort for use with a television and/or monitor. Its wireless connectivity also allows the user to control all functions using a wireless keyboard, mouse or tablet, or via a home automation system remote control, and also remote access via web browser and iOS/Android applications.
Like all Wolf Audio servers, the Luna R is compatible with a wide range of audio applications and streaming audio formats, including Roon, JRiver, Audirvana, Qobuz, Tidal, Deezer, and others. The server can connect to a TV or monitor to display album cover art, artist, track and album information and more. It offers a full complement of USB, Ethernet, HDMI and IR inputs and outputs, ensuring compatibility and full function for years to come.
The Luna R is currently available in black or silver finish at a retail price of $4500 with 2 TB of storage, and $5000 for the Luna R Pure Digital Edition, with the Flux Capacitor included and 4 TB of storage. The unit can be supplied with optional Stillpoints Mini SS isolation feet at an additional $500.
For more information, visit https://wolfaudiosystems.com/product/lunar/.