Below are some devices that support the FLAC format. For the ones we have hands-on experience with, there is a linked review (see all reviews
). Manufacturers, if you would like your product reviewed here, please contact us
The main purpose of these reviews is to give an idea of how well particular devices support FLAC. Other subjective comments here are based on our general impressions and are not meant to be thorough or authoritative. We only review devices we have tested directly ourselves.
: A very slick networked audio system. Each ZonePlayer connects to an amplifier or speakers, accessing music over the network. ZonePlayers are controlled by a wireless remote with color LCD and clickwheel; they can network together wired or wireless and play in sync or independently. FLAC support is excellent; nearly the full subset
(i.e. mono and stereo files, sample rates from 16kHz-48kHz, 16-bits per sample) including all standard encoding modes are supported. Also supported: gapless playback, FLAC tags, and ReplayGain.
: A fantastic networked audio player from Slim Devices with analog and digital outputs for connecting to an amplifier/receiver. Has an easy-to-read vacuum fluorescent display, wired or wireless networking, multi-room synchronization, and a bunch of other features. The server-side software, SlimServer, is open-source, runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, etc. and has an active community. FLAC support is excellent; nearly the full subset
(i.e. mono and stereo files, sample rates from 8kHz-48kHz, 16- and 24-bits per sample) including all standard encoding modes are supported. Also supported: gapless playback, FLAC tags, ReplayGain, automatic transcoding on the server of many audio formats to FLAC for transmission to the box, and external cuesheet support (internal cuesheet support is in the works).
: Top-of-the-line networked audio player from Slim Devices. Offers all the features of the Squeezebox (see just above
), but loaded with pro-grade connectors (including balanced analog outputs and optical/coax/BNC/XLR digital ins and outs), top-end components, and a larger display. FLAC support is also excellent; all standard FLAC encoding modes and tags are supported, as are gapless playback, ReplayGain, cuesheets ... everything the Squeezebox supports, plus support for sample rates up to 96kHz.
|Gapless||FLAC tags||Cover art||ReplayGain||Cuesheets|
|Squeezebox||0-8||stereo,mono||8kHz-48kHz||16bps, 24bps||Y||Y||N||Y||Y (external)|
|Transporter||0-8||stereo,mono||8kHz-96kHz||16bps, 24bps||Y||Y||N||Y||Y (external)|