Baetis Audio Prodigy Limited Edition Canada
Canuck audiophiles asked for lower priced models with fewer bells and whistles because the US dollar kept rising in value compared to the Canadian currency. We responded to those requests with the Prodigy Limited Edition Canada available in small quantities only in Canada – for now! The Prodigy LE Canada comes in a tempered glass-topped metallic blue, silver or Canada red chasses. This small powerhouse is big on sound and picture, but offers limited options. It’s the smallest Baetis Audio server/streamer ever made.
Of course, it has a coaxial or BNC SPDIF output that uses the Baetis Audio proprietary daughterboard to give it the audio quality you expect from us. Its processor can even play 4K HDR video without issue. It doesn’t have the passively cooled thick aluminium chassis of a traditional Baetis system, nor does it come with a Neutrik power connector or an internal optical media drive – there simply isn’t room for such on the tiny 8” x 8” footprint.
What it can do is play your music and video libraries flawlessly, stream Tidal or any other streaming service. And, naturally, like all other Baetis systems, you can use it as a Roon Core or endpoint. Playback can be controlled via a tablet (iOS, Android or Windows), a laptop or using a keyboard with integrated trackpad – just like its bigger brethren.
The Prodigy LE Canada comes with a switch-mode power brick, but can optionally be upgraded to a Linear Power Supply Unit (LPSU) from HD-Plex.
Baetis Audio Prodigy XV Specs
- Prodigy SPDIF (BNC or RCA/Coaxial) daughterboard with CuPID (copper) cabling. Up to 192 KHz/24-bit
- Runs Roon, Tidal, JRiver Media Center 26 and any other streaming service available on Windows or the internet.
- External 4K capable CD/DVD/BluRay drive available as an option, with dBpoweramp CD ripper included
- 2x HDMI 2.0 and 1x Display Port
- 8x USB 3.x ports, including two on the right side near the front of the case
- AMD 4-core Ryzen 3 APU
- 16 GB DDR4 3000+ MHz RAM
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet
- Built-in Wifi, with antenna
- 250 Gb OS drive SSD
- 1x 2TB External USB 3.1 gen1 drive for media storage/backup
- Kycon 4-pin DC power inlet
- Windows 10 Pro, stripped down to remove “bloatware”
The Baetis Audio SPDIF output, now available as either BNC or RCA is included as standard. The unit sports our daughterboard to make the SPDIF signal sound as good as any other Prodigy system. HDMI for high resolution multi-channel output is also included.
Yes, you can run Roon, JRiver Media Center, Audirvana, Tidal, Qobuz (if available) and much more. In fact, any music app that runs on Windows 10 can be run on this unit. The Prodigy LE Canada can serve as a Roon core, endpoint or both. Your Tidal streaming never sounded so good! Tell us what you want and we can set it up for you.
Absolutely, yes! The system is powered by an AMD APU, which handles 4K very well with HDR up to 30 fps.
Definitely, yes! It has the same joy-giving SPDIF circuitry, cabling and daughterboard as the Prodigy X series. It produces the same ultra high definition video signal. We also resisted the temptation to cut costs further and kept the same standard external power supplies used by other Baetis Audio models. It is backed by the same level of personalised service as you expect from our higher priced offerings.
Yes, you can use an iOS or Android device to control playback. You can even use another computer, or control the system directly with a wireless keyboard and trackpad from your listening position.
We’re always listening to our customers’ feedback and innovating. The chassis of the Prodigy LE Canada gave us the opportunity to produce a streamer-server box with fantastic sound and video quality at a price that everyone could afford. The cases we use in our traditional systems are a large cost of production. We realised that many customers wanted a lower priced option, or a second Baetis for their secondary rooms. Some have separate home theaters and listening rooms. Some are simply getting into the audiophile life and want something that is the best bang for the buck before moving on to even better sounding Baetis units.
Yes, you can still buy one outside Canada if we have some in stock. If these units sell well, we will produce similar systems for the US market.
Unfortunately, no. The tiny size of this unit (8” x 8” footprint) means there is no room inside the chassis for the extra cabling/circuitry for these outputs, and there is no space on the outside to accommodate the extra connectors either.
There is no optical drive included in the base option – there is simply no space. However, a slim, external drive can be added. There are options for ripping CDs and DVDs, and also for BluRay and 4K UHD discs too. Some of our customers just want something they can stream on, with archiving their disc media as a lower priority.
There is a one year parts and labour warranty on this. However, as usual, we always listen to each case on its own merits and do the reasonable thing if you need service outside the warranty period, depending on the circumstances. We are unlikely to deny you service on a faulty part 367 days after purchase.