Hifi-Advice.com editor Christiaan Punter has completed a review of the new C1 Ethernet Streaming HD board. The new Ethernet Streaming HD board compliments the Digital In HD Board that CH launched last year, but this latest upgrade transforms the C1 D/A Controller & I1 Universal Integrated Amplifier into a Roon Ready device. For many this represents a whole evolution of the product.
The new Ethernet Streaming HD board upgrade can be installed in both the C1 and the I1 to make the devices Roon Ready. Roon has become the market leader in the field of streaming audio software. We agree with Christiaan Punter’s comments,
The way I see it, Roon is the market leader in the field of streaming audio software and its interface is quite simply the best there is. – Christiaan Punter, hifi-advice.com
The new Ethernet Streaming HD board is another example of the future-proof design that CH Precision promised from the outset, designing all their products in the 1-Series with a modular, card cage style slot in board design. All the owner need do then is load the new CH Precision firmware via the USB thumb drive provided with the unit and the upgrade is complete.
While I often have a tendency to see things from different perspectives, the new Roon Ready ethernet board leaves no room for such interpretations. On this I can be very clear: the C1 has simply never sounded better than via this new connection. And as a bonus, you get to use the superb Roon interface. It’s win-win! – Christiaan Punter, hifi-advice.com
Read Christiaan’s review here.
As with the upgrades that CH Precision introduced previously in the A1 and M1 power amplifiers, where CH Precision offered a more affordable route for owners to attain the new upgrade making A1 the A1.5 and the M1 the M1.1, CH Precision have applied this with the new board upgrades. So owners of the original board can upgrade to the new HD version with a substantial discount based upon the year in which the board was original built determined by the serial number on the board. Owners need simply remove the board, check the serial and then order the new board, returning the old board to CH to receive the discount.
- C1 & I1 Ethernet Streaming HD board new (ordered with unit): £4,800
- C1 & I1 Ethernet Streaming HD board upgrade (2017-19 dated serial): £1,000
- C1 & I1 Ethernet Streaming HD board upgrade (2016 & lower dated serial): £2,650
**All upgrades require the original Ethernet Streaming board to be returned in order to benefit from the discount.