Described by Musical Fidelity as a complete solution allowing you to keep all of your music in one place, the M6 Encore 225 is essentially a streaming audio player with an impressive selection of connectivity options. 

At its heart is a dual-core 64-bit Intel CPU with 2GB of RAM to ensure that operation is fast and to allow for upgrades as time goes by in an effort to ensure that it remains futureproof. The internal 1TB storage is claimed to be able to hold as many as 2,500 CDs (using the built-in CD drive’s bit-perfect ripping), but is also upgradeable should you need to add more
as time goes by. Power output, meanwhile is quoted at 225W per channel into 8ohm and the M6 Encore 225 has the same power amplifiers under the hood as the Recommended badge-winning M6si (HFC 400), while a 32-bit/384kHz chipset is onhand for digital-to-analogue conversion.

Connections include three line-level RCA analogue inputs, two optical and two coaxial S/PDIF inputs (both capable of handling signals up to 24-bit/192kHz), a USB 3.0 A port, USB 3.0 B and three USB 2.0 A ports alongside an Ethernet for network hook up. Outputs include a line-level analogue out, optical and coaxial S/PDIF (again capable of handling 24/192 signals), a line-level preamp out, headphone out (for headsets with an impedance of 8ohm) and speaker terminals. The M6 Encore 225 is also compatible with network speakers – such as those popularised by Sonos, while operation can be handled by the bundled remote control or an app for either Android or Apple devices. It is available in a choice of silver or black finishes and comes with a large, hi-res full-colour display. Available from the end of May, the M6 Encore 225 costs £3,999 and you can find out more about it here.