The Resolution Audio Cantata Music Center serves as the digital hub
in a high-end audio system providing the same audio performance
regardless of the input source. Whether it’s a CD played via the
built-in transport, an uncompressed iTunes library stored on a Mac or
Windows computer, or a dedicated music library on a network storage
system (NAS), the Cantata Music Center will play every note as if it
were from the original CD.
To a host computer, the Music Center “looks” like a standard USB
audio device which both Mac and Windows operating systems support
natively. While USB connections are physically limited to 15 feet, the
Resolution Audio “Pont Neuf” creates a “virtual” USB connection directly
to the Music Center via ethernet cable or through your wired or
wireless home network. In either case, no additional software or drivers
Because the Music Center utilizes your external
computer-based music library, it doesn’t rely on a proprietary means of
storing your CD data. Any software can be used for ripping and any
software can be used for playback. The music library is safer since the
storage can be easily backed up to a second drive or protected from loss
using “RAID” technology, and capacity can be easily increased by adding
off-the-shelf hard drives. With no hard drive located within the Music
Center itself, the device remains completely silent and free of
vibration. You choose where the library is stored, how it is backed-up,
and what software is used to play it.
In addition to the supplied full function remote
control, the Cantata Music Center and C50 integrated amplifier are
controllable from and iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch via the free Cantata
Other digital sources such as a DVD player can be played through the external inputs.
Based on the award-winning Opus 21 series, the Cantata design has been
further refined and optimized for the emergence of computer-based music
libraries. Built for simple integration into popular sources, the
Cantata’s modular architecture will accommodate tomorrow’s formats and
There are a number of ways in which the Cantata Music
Center can connect with a source computer for playback of a digital
library. Below are just a few sample configurations.
In this configuration, the host computer is connected
directly to the Cantata Music Center over a USB cable. Playback on the
source computer can be controlled via the mouse and keyboard, or through
any WiFi-based remote control such as an Apple iPad. Note that a
secondary input can also be used (in this case, a DVD player) and chosen
with the supplied remote control or through the Cantata App with and
Because a USB cable is limited to a length of 15
feet, a USB cable connection may not be practical even if the source
computer is in the same room.
To overcome this limitation, the Resolution Audio “Pont Neuf”
Bridge effectively extends the USB port of the source computer by
transmitting USB audio data asynchronously over an Ethernet or wireless
connection to the Music Center. It requires no additional software
drivers and is compatible with all music playback software and audio
Due to the nature of ethernet connections, this approach also affords sonic improvements over a direct USB connection.
As with previous configurations, any WiFi-based
remote control (such as an Apple iPad running the Apple “Remote” app)
can control playback on the source computer.
Here, the source computer is in a different room and the Resolution Audio “Pont Neuf”
is extending the USB connection over a wired ethernet connection
through the home network. Likewise, the Cantata Music Center is
connected to the home network through an Ethernet cable. All of the
convenience and sonic benefits of an asynchronous USB connection are
retained over much greater distances.
If a wired (Ethernet) connection isn’t practical, a
“wireless bridge” can be added to allow the network information to
travel wirelessly to the listening room.