A New Addition Coming For My Fusion 8100 System Jan 2, 2015 12:05:46 GMT -5
Post by Michael Hill on Jan 2, 2015 12:05:46 GMT -5
For many you may recall my review of the Fusion 8100. Overall it's a nice bit of kit rating it a 4 out of 5. Added an Oppo BDP-103D Blu-Ray player to the system and the synergy between the visuals and audio increased my satisfaction with both even further, 5 out of 5. My new edition to arrive later today is the Cocktail Audio X10. I've struggled for years now to rip all of my 700+ CDs, tried doing it at work while I worked. Had a laptop setup at one-time near my listing position to feed CDs into, but I've never been able to get my whole collection captured, stored in one place and I really hope the Cocktail Audio X10 is going to get me there once and for all. Temporarily plan on sitting it on the coffee table next to me to easily feed CDs into it. The 2TB hard drive will allow me to save all files as WAV for fidelity and the built in FreeDB database that comes with it (or the ability to connect through a wired (and optionally wirelessly) means that tagging should be a relatively easy affair, and for those that aren't recognized, there's a browser based interface where you can hand update album art and tags. Once I've ripped my CDs I'll move it into my system. One particularly nice feature is the X10's ability to record audio in. I was pleased to see a "mix out" on the back panel of the Emotiva Fusion 8100 (another Fusion win!) so I should be able to connect those jacks to the audio in on the X10 and anything run through the receiver could be recorded on the X10. I have a Pro-Ject Carbon turntable with built in phono equalizer in my system and this 1-2 combination should make it stupid easy to rip albums (though I've always had that ability with the Carbon but rarely went through the trouble to break out the laptop, connect it to the USB out of the turntable, etc.). Sure I could have done much of this with a laptop or PC jacked into my system but then that adds even further complexity that I just don't want. Simply put I want to hit the power on the remotes, set the input (actually my Logitech remote will do this when I've got it setup to run the X10) and get to my music without the complexity of Windows/Mac, laptops/PCs, security updates, patches, etc. I'll give you all an update on the sound, pros-cons as I work through things in the coming days, weeks but I really think I'm getting close to satisfying pretty much every A/V need with the Fusion 8100 of course the centerpiece of what's shaping up to be the most satisfying home theater system I've ever had.