The HERMES out of the box comes as a ROON certified digital end point, however because of its architecture it is also capable of running different platforms such as DietPi, PiCorePlayer and Volumio. This allows for even more possibilities such as playing Qobuz or Logitech Media Server content, or even being discovered in a network using UPnP. At Sonnet Digital Audio we do not believe in “taking prisoners”, hence the choice to provide our clients with an open platform.
Using Sonnet HERMES, you could swap the SD card installed, and open up a whole new world with content from different providers, such as Qobuz. Adding web radio and play it throughout your house, office, wherever you wish to enjoy music, installing Logitech Media Server might be the solution. As for warranty Sonnet is OK with you choosing freedom, however as long as the changes apply to the software.
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 lengths of 30 meters without loss or interference. Standard outputs 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 supply: 10 VA. Power consumption: Standby < 1 Watt. Full operation max 6 Watts
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 in case of UTP CAT5e 20 meters.
Dimensions: hxwxd: 19x6x25 cm. Weight: 2500 gram.