Arcam one-box offers music server solution

The iPod may have revolutionised portable music, but when it comes to home audio, most of our digs are still cluttered with CDs. The answer is to stor

The iPod may have revolutionised portable music, but when it comes to home audio, most of our digs are still cluttered with CDs. The answer is to store the whole lot – from Abba to Zappa – on your hard drive. It’s a beautiful solution, the only problem is computers rarely produce a beautiful sound.Saving our ears from musical mediocrity is Arcam’s new FMJ MS250 audiophile-grade music server – a high-end CD player with a whopping 400GB hard drive capable of storing 80,000 MP3s or 640 uncompressed albums (fewer if you’re a fan of 40-minute prog jazz freak outs with drum, trumpet and kazoo solos).To make sure the sound that reaches your precious shells is of nothing but the finest quality, Arcam has included a custom designed sound card and more outputs than you can shake a composite cable at.An Ethernet connection offers streaming from iTunes and internet radio, while a front mounted USB socket screams out for an iPod or other MP3 player.The price for such sound superiority? A mighty £3,000. Seems like a lot, but your collection of Level 42 records never sounded so good.Essentials Arcam FMJ MS250 MusicFile Server Price: £3000 On sale: Now Contact: Arcam Related stories: Gadget of the Day – Sony Giga Juke NAS-50HDE Have a Siesta with Pure’s new green DABSony's mini speaker system lands in the UK