Best Audio Player
Aura Note V2 All-In-One Music Center – This music center from Korean-based April Music comes pretty close to living up to its title.
The Aura was first introduced in 2005 and picked up an avid following. The second version was eight years in the making
and is quite impressive. From a design perspective, this is a very attractive unit with a stainless body, a bright red LED display,
and a CD tray with an innovative clear sliding cover. If you have powered speakers, a power amp, or a sub-woofer, you can tap
from the Aura’s pre-amp section. For traditional speakers, the Aura pumps out 125 Watts-per-channel. It can play your music
from almost any source and has a top loading CD player. There’s an FM tuner with 20 presets. There are two auxiliary inputs
for external analog devices, an optical digital input (handling up to 24bit/192kHz), and a primary USB port for use with
portable music players like MP3 players or USB memory devices (FLAC 96/24, WAV 44.1/16, MP3, WMA) and a secondary
USB port for use with personal computers. We’ve coupled the Aura Note with a variety of Hi-Res and traditional inputs,
as well as a number of powered and unpowered speaker sets and headphones. In each case, the music reproduction
was excellent. And the fact that it comes in a small, sleek chassis makes it easy on the eyes as well as the ears.