The Beast uses solid‑state hard drives; it comes with 0.96 TB or 1.92TB of on‑board storage and can cope with additional NAS drives. However, there is a claimed sonic advantage to using the internal drives, and ReQuest recommends these drives be used for high quality files, and the NAS additions for the lower quality material. The machine is virtually totally silent in operation as there are no moving parts contained within, save a small but silent fan. The Linux operating system has been written in‑house and works with quite a rapid boot‑up, and never once crashed on my watch.
Type: Solid-state music server with built‑in storage optional DAC and Clock
Storage: 0.96 TB or 1.92TB SSD
Analogue Inputs: Balanced XLR Input (pass through or controllable) over the optional analogue Diamond Volume control.
Digital Inputs: None
DAC Resolution/Supported Digital Formats: DSD all 4 different formats, WAVE / FLAC 44.1 / 88.2 / 96 / 174.4 / 192 / 384 and 16bit / 24bit / 32 bit
Analogue Outputs: One stereo balanced (via XLR connectors), one stereo unbalanced (via RCA jacks)
Digital Outputs: coaxial S/PDIF (via RCA jack), TOSLink, PRO i2S, BNC
User Interface: 7‑inch display (on main unit), Apple iPad, iPhone, Android, PC or Mac