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A $1,600 tablet might be the ultimate home music player

A $1,600 tablet might be the ultimate home music player

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The Nativ Vita music player looks like a tablet, except all you can do with it is play and control music. The 11.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 touchscreen device has onboard storage to host your digital music collection and can also access various streaming platforms, like Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and Tidal. The thing looks nice and has an impressive spec sheet.

Because it doesn’t include built-in speakers, it instead plays music through either USB, SPDIF, HDMI, and AES/EBU ports, or a Bluetooth, gigabit Ethernet, or 802.11ac Wi-Fi connection. You have options. It also includes a Cortex-A9 processor with 4GB of RAM, and up to two HDDs that support a max of 2TB of storage each. It’s also voice-controlled, has companion iOS, Android, and smartwatch apps, and includes an infrared remote. You can also stream over Google Cast or Apple Airplay. This thing does a lot and really seems like a legitimate option for someone who loves music and wants flexibility for their speaker setup.

Do I need a dedicated touchscreen solely for music when I can stream from my phone to my Bluetooth- or Wi-Fi-connected speakers? Probably not, especially when the Vita starts at $1,599, but at least it looks better than a PC and can be the music interface for a home. It’s now available and shipping through Nativ’s website.