Audiophiles now have their tablets. Nativ’s Vita, a newcomer to this market, wants to make a place among all those who appreciate good sound … and who have a little money aside.
The Vita is first and foremost a tablet, equipped with a screen of 11.6 inches 1080p. It can integrate up to two hard disks (4TB maximum SSD), 4GB RAM, and an ARM Cortex-A9 processor without more precision. Nativ has developed its own operating system that revolves almost entirely around music.
Ultimately, the builder intends to integrate an intelligent assistant, but without specifying whether it will be a “home” development or an artificial intelligence known as Alexa, for example. The device has the ability to play music from its storage space of course, but also from an external USB drive, a NAS on the local network, or simply a streaming service.
Everything to make a happy audiophile
Nativ announces the compatibility of its product with the main tenors of the market: Spotify, Deezer, Qobuz, Tidal, Apple Music, YouTube … The most common audio formats are supported (FLAC, Apple Lossless, DSD256 …). The Vita has a number of SPDIF, XLR, USB to DAC outputs, or wireless with Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth aptX, as well as wired with Ethernet Gigabit.
The main wireless transfer protocols are supported, from Cast from Google to Apple’s AirPlay audio, via Sonos or Spotify Connect. A mobile application can control playback, in addition to the touch pad itself. An infrared remote control may even do the trick.
In short, at first glance the Vita seems to be quite serious in its desire to offer the best to the ardent fans of music. But they will have to pay the price: the entrance ticket is set at $ 1,600 with no built-in storage.