SOURCE: Olive Media Products, Inc.
April 02, 2008 08:00 ET
Olive Unveils New Whole Home Audio Solution for the Rest of Us
The World's Easiest Way to Enjoy Music in Every Room of the House
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 2, 2008) - Olive Media today introduced a complete
home audio solution that provides music lovers with the easiest to use,
most convenient way to enjoy high-quality sound in every room of their
home. The centerpiece of Olive's latest product innovation is the new line
of OPUS No4 digital music servers, storing up to 3,000 CDs in original CD
quality, and delivering them in breathtaking sound. Music stored on the
OPUS No4 can now be accessed and played anywhere in the home with Olive's
new MELODY No2, wirelessly and in up to ten different rooms simultaneously.
Both the OPUS and the MELODY come with a high-resolution color
touch-screen and an innovative new interface to allow users to quickly and
conveniently find the right music.
"Until today, the experience with your fine, unique music collection has
been merely fractional," says Oliver Bergmann, Ph.D., CEO and President of
Olive Media Products, Inc. "Instantaneous access to all your music,
everywhere within your home and in pristine quality has been an either or
choice. With the new OPUS and MELODY product line the combination of all of
these benefits, which opens up revolutionary new ways to enjoy your music,
has finally become reality."
To allow users to navigate even the largest music libraries with ease both
the OPUS No4 and the MELODY No2 feature a new high-resolution color
touch-screen, driven by Olive's MusicAwareTM user interface. MusicAwareTM
leverages 4 patent-pending innovations to provide unprecedented depth and
ease to music listening. One of the key innovations is a
genre-dependent playback screen, allowing the OPUS and MELODY to display
music information that is particular to each music genre, e.g. showing
orchestra, composer and composition date for classical music.
Music genres are also color-coded for fast and easy recognition.
Following the principle of "store once, enjoy everywhere," the OPUS
No4 accommodates even the largest libraries with up to 3,000 CDs in
original quality. To allow seamless music streaming to Olive's MELODY the
new OPUS uses a high-speed processor and high-range WiFi and Gigabit
Ethernet, delivering music to up to ten different rooms simultaneously.
The MELODY No2 also plays music off other home audio sources such as media
servers or computers that support the common UPnP standard. Users can
enjoy private or shared playlists depending on their preferences, e.g.
"wake-up-gently" and "lullaby-lane" in the baby room, or "classical chill"
in the living room.
Set up of Olive's new audio solutions is a snap. Like a standard CD
Player they are both connected directly to an amplifier or receiver via
their analog or digital outputs. No software installation is required. If
connected to the internet users can enjoy a wide range of pre-selected
high-quality internet radio stations, which, similar to digital or
satellite radio, provide more detailed music information such as artist,
album and song. However, they are freed from any subscription fee. To
address the popular market of portable players Olive has equipped its OPUS
and MELODY with a USB interface. In combination with a
special connector (optional) they allow users to play back music directly
form their Apple® iPodTM. If connected to the OPUS No4, users can
access their Apple® iPodTM from any MELDOY within their home, adding de
facto multi-room capability to their portable player.
Based on Olive's long-standing experience in engineering high-quality audio
solutions the new OPUS and MELODY have been designed to support HD audio
playback in 96kHz/24bit, corresponding to 250 times the resolution of CD
music. Other sound-critical components such as a high-resolution
Digital-to-Analog converter, a low-noise power supply, and, in the OPUS
No4, a family of ultra-quite hard drives cushioned in 8 layers of padding
further enhance their astounding sound reproduction capabilities. Besides
its engineering excellence Olive has received wide press recognition and
numerous awards for providing customers with a convenient one-stop solution
to moving their CD collections to a high quality music library. As one of
a kind Olive offers a free Preload service that frees users of the time
consuming process of manually ripping their CDs. Olive continues to lead
the music industry in digital home audio products that deliver amazing
quality sound at affordable prices.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The new OPUS No4 is available for pre-order immediately for a suggested
retail price ranging between $1,499 and $1,799 depending on hard-drive
sizes delivering 320GB up to 1TB of storage. The new MELODY No2 is also
available for pre-order immediately for a suggested retail price of $599.
Olive's products are made available worldwide through a network of Olive
Certified Resellers, within the Unites States they are sold exclusively
through Olive (www.olive.us/1.877.BY.OLIVE).
ABOUT OLIVE MEDIA PRODUCTS
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Olive is a privately held
company driven by a team of music aficionados with a vision to create the
perfect audio experience and making it simple and affordable for everyone.
With a deep understanding of audio and convergence technology Olive ignited
the market for high-quality home audio solutions, which it continues to
lead. Olive's OPUS and MELODY networked libraries and players deliver the
best of both worlds, combining high fidelity sound with innovative
features, intuitive navigation and attractive design. For more information
about Olive and its many fine products visit www.olive.us or call
Olive is a registered trademark of Olive Media Products, Inc. in the US and
in the countries where Olive products are sold or distributed. OPUS,
MELODY, and Preload are trademarks of Olive Media Products, Inc. Other
brands and names are the property of their respective owners.