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Omni Adapt

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This is the ‘receiver only’ unit from the range, a thrillingl­y dinky little ashtray-sized unit which can sit by an existing hi-fi to add all the advantages of today’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth streaming. Unlike some rivals there’s no digital output on the Adapt, so you can’t make use of any higher-level of DAC and output stage you might have available; you’ll be using the ones inside the Adapt, exiting via the minijack analogue output and into your hi-fi (for which you’ll need to bring your own cable as, rather meanly, none is provided in the box here).

The only other connection­s are a minijack auxiliary input, which can be shared across the network with other HK Omni units, and a mini-USB socket for power — USB cable and USB mains adaptor are provided, once you’ve solved the puzzle-box inner packaging.

Since the HK system can forward on signals connected to its auxiliary inputs with other players around the home, it could be worth wiring the Adapt into the tape loop of your existing hi-fi amplifier (tape loops seem to have survived on many amplifiers, despite the demise of tape!). Then if you’re listening to other sources connected to your hi-fi amp, these can be beamed around your home, yea, even a turntable. Take care to avoid the obvious feedback possibilit­y here of selecting ‘Aux in’ on the Adapt while having it playing through your hi-fi amp.

Control buttons include the main circle on top which allows quick access to ‘following’ (see our introducti­on) and party play (see under ‘the app’), also Bluetooth activation, and a play/pause which relays back to your Bluetooth source. There are no volume controls here, as you’ll be using your usual hi-fi system control for that. It’s limited by its socketry, but it’s neat, and the sound is good.

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 ??  ?? INS & OUTS With only an analogue minijack audio input and output, the Adapt is a little limited in flexibilty, but its minijack input can be shared to other Omni units. Note there is a ‘Mic In’ label on the audio output — it can take a threepin plug...
INS & OUTS With only an analogue minijack audio input and output, the Adapt is a little limited in flexibilty, but its minijack input can be shared to other Omni units. Note there is a ‘Mic In’ label on the audio output — it can take a threepin plug...

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