Sonnet - Hermes
Recognized for its perfect timing there hardly is another streamer product available which adds so much detail to music. The HERMES out of the box comes as a ROON certified digital end point.
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The HERMES comes with a dedicated I2S output which is based on impedance matching. This approach makes it possible to use standard UTP cable over lengts of 30 meters without loss or interference. Standard ouputs like AES/EBU, Coax and Toslink are available as well. The hardware platform in HERMES enables you to stream high res music files from network attached storage, online streaming services through the powerful ROON platform or others, outputting bit perfect audio direct to your DAC. The HERMES By Sonnet Digital Audio comes with all the connections an audiophile can wish for, and when hooking it up to your network it is a plug and play device.
Working principle: Linux based ROON end point using precision clocks
Power requirement: 110-230 V AC 60/50Hz
Inputs: Lan (local area network) max. 100 Mbps
Outputs: 1x optical Toslink, 1x RCA coax, 1x AES/EBU and I2S.
- Optical : 44.1 – 96 kHz sampling.
- Coaxial: 44.1 – 192 kHz sampling.
- I2S: 44.1- 192 kHz sampling. Max cable length (CAT5e) 20 meters.
I2S output: The I2S connection is probably the best way to connect digital audio equipment over short distances without intervention of all kind of interfaces like AES/EBU , Spdif or Toslink. However still I2S is no international standard in terms of ruggedising the format or the connectors used. The I2S standard is optimized as an interconnection between Sonnet products but will work in most cases in conjunction with other gear. If your Sonnet product has the I2S option installed you can use a simple UTP cable.