Discovery Music Server: Add the ELAC Discovery Music Server
(DS-S101-G) to your existing home audio system to gain playback of local and
streaming music, rich multi-dimensional metadata and multi-room audio. The ELAC
Discovery hardwires to your network router via Ethernet and then plugs into your
AV receiver's or integrated amplifier's stereo RCA, optical digital, or coaxial
digital inputs. The Music Server is controlled from the
Discovery Roon Essentials
app for Apple iPad (iOS 8.3+), Android OS 4.4+, Windows PC (7/8/10), or Mac
(OS X 10.8+).
Extensive Metadata: Your music collection on your Apple iPad, Android
OS device, Windows PC, and Mac computer is supported by a rich library of images
and information; an archive of material that adds depth, knowledge and excitement
to your music listening that can viewed on the Discovery Roon Essentials App.
High-Quality Parts: The ELAC Discovery uses a Quad Core ARM9 Processor
running at up to 1.2Ghz. It has 512MB of storage for the operating system and
8GB of flash for meta data storage. For the analog outputs a separate linear
power supply powers two (one for each set of analog outputs) Cirrus Logic CS4398
DACs (192kHz 24-Bit) with Burr Brown op-amps.
Network Connection: The ELAC Discovery (DS-S101-G) is fitted
with an Ethernet (RJ-45) jack which allows you to connect the music server to
your home network. The connection from your wireless router to the
Discovery Music Server must be a wired connection. This decision was made to
ensure a smooth user experience for High Resolution music which can take quite a
bit of bandwidth. However, once the Discovery is connected to your home network
you can use WiFi to control and navigate the Discovery as well as play content
to supported wireless speakers and end points (sold separately).
Note: If you absolutely cannot run a wired Ethernet connection from your
router to the Discovery, you can use PowerLine adapters and Wireless Bridges
(sold separately). Network performance and audio quality is not a good as a
hardwired connection to the router when using one of these alternative
NAS Drive: By connecting the Discovery to your home network's router via an
Ethernet (LAN) cable, you will be able to access music on a connected NAS
(Networked Attached Storage) device.
USB-A 2.0 Port: The ELAC Discovery Music Server is equipped with a USB
(type-A) 2.0 port for connection of a USB Hard Drive or thumbdrive that contains
downloaded music files. When connecting a HDD with a large music library, the user
interface may react slowly while all of the metadata is being downloaded and
Compatible Audio Formats: The ELAC Discovery Music Server (DS-S101-G)
supports compressed and Hi-Res music files. Compatible Hi-Res music formats (up
to 24-bit/192kHz) include FLAC, WAV, ALAC, and AIFF. Compatible compressed
low-res music files include MP3, AAC, and OGG. The music server can recognize up
to 30,000 music tracks.
Tidal (Firmware Update Required): Tidal
(a lossless, high-fidelity online music streaming service) has been tightly
integrated into the Discovery's software. TIDAL delivers no-compromise music
streaming, with millions of tracks in lossless, audiophile quality. Separate
Tidal subscription is required. Content from your local collection and content
from Tidal are presented in the same easy-to-use interface from the Discovery
Roon Essentials App for Apple iPad, Android, Windows PC, and Mac OS X.
AirPlay: The ELAC Discovery Music Server (DS-S101-G) supports Apple
AirPlay. Apple AirPlay allows you to wirelessly stream your iTunes music library
from your Mac computer, Windows PC or Apple iOS device to the ELAC Discovery.
You can also wirelessly stream music apps from your Apple iOS device to the ELAC
Discovery Music Server. Your Apple iOS device must be running 4.3.3 or better,
and your iTunes music software must be running 10.2.2 or better.
Discovery Roon Essentials App: The Discovery Music Server (DS-S101-G)
can be controlled using the free Roon Essentials app for Apple iPad, Android,
Windows PC, and Mac OS X. The app lets you browse your library, play your
favorites, and configure your Roon Essentials system from your compatible
device; including Apple iPad, Android tablets, Windows PC, and Mac computers. Using the Roon Essential app, the following devices will
act as the display and remote control for the Discovery Music Server.
- Apple iOS: iPad Air 1/2, iPad Mini 2/3/4, and iPad Pro
running iOS 8.3 or higher - the app can be downloaded
- Android OS: Android tablets with 8" or bigger screens
running Android OS 4.4 or higher - the app can be downloaded
- Windows PC: Windows PC running 7, 8, or 10 - app can be
- Macintosh: Mac computer/laptop running OSX 10.8 or higher
- the app can be downloaded
Optical & Coaxial Digital Outputs: The ELAC Discovery (DS-S101-G) is
outfitted with an optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) digital output to connect
to your AV receiver or integrated amplifier. The digital coaxial output offers
support of digital audio music files up to 24-bit/192kHz. The optical digital
output offers support of digital audio music files up to 24-bit/96kHz. The two
digital outputs are considered a single output, but do output audio
simultaneously so they can both output the same audio signal at the same time.
Dual Stereo Analog Outputs: The ELAC Discovery features two sets of
stereo analog RCA outputs to connect to your AV receiver or integrated amplifier.
Both stereo RCA outputs are active and can be used simultaneously for Zone 1 and
Zone with independent source playback and volume control.
Multiroom Capabilities: The Discovery's Digital, Analog 1, and Analog
2 outputs are completely independent and can playback different or the same
content simultaneously. To add a wired second or third zone to the Discovery
Music server simply connect a different set of outputs from the server to
another amplifier, receiver, or powered speaker in the other room. By selecting
that output from the bottom right of the Roon Essentials application you can now
choose what you want to listen to and control the volume in the additional zone.
If you want to add a wireless zone, the Discovery Music Server supports AirPlay
devices, Roon End Points, and upcoming ELAC Discovery End points (all sold
Note: Analog 1 & 2 outputs can be grouped together and synchronized
for multiroom audio playback.
Wireless End-Points of the same type can also be grouped together and synchronized. Please
note that since the digital outputs always output the native sampling rate and
bit depth they cannot be synchronized with the analog outputs.
Playback Modes: The ELAC Discovery supports a variety of playback
modes such as Gapless, Crossfade, Shuffle, and Repeat.
AC Power: The ELAC Discovery is powered by standard household
currently using the included AC power supply (12V DC, 2A). Power consumption
under normal operating conditions is 4.8 watts.