Melco N1A EX Music Library


  • EX Series
  • Roon Ready
  • 2 x 3 TB HDD
  • Dedicated USB-DAC Port
  • 2 x Ethernet Ports
  • Free UK Shipping
  • Part Exchange Available


The EX new series from Melco has received a major software update from the outgoing mk2 series.

This update will increase ease of use, adding much greater flexibility in the way you can browse, search and tag your music library. With this new software release SongKong is now integrated into the Melco as is Minimserver 2, which is the best UPnP server software in the industry. Combined together these 2 programs offer an incredibly powerful solution in managing your music library to ensure metadata is correct and consistent across your library.

A number of user profiles, Jazz, Classical, Simple and Rock have been added all with different parameters for searching (Track Artist for Jazz and Composer, Conductor, Ensemble and Works for Classical for example). Simple and powerful functions have been added such as one button press to find missing artwork or to replace metadata. By subscribing to both packages you get even more features and functionality.

vTuner Internet Radio is another feature being added, to take advantage of this your Melco must be connected to a USB-DAC and you must be using the Melco iPad App as well.

This ships with SongKong Lite installed which gives you some of the functionality of SongKong. In order to get the full version of SongKong you need to buy a licence from SongKong which is £50.00 that can be purchased from here

The version of Minimserver 2 is the starter edition, which gives enough functionality for most uses, but if you want create your own tags and get creative with the way you music is displayed you will need to purchase the full version of Minimserver 2 which is £28.00 and that can be purchased from here

By having the full versions of both programs really allows you have incredible flexibility in managing your music library.

Roon Endpoint will be added shortly after via another update as well.

Melco produce a range of audiophile grade music source components with on-board hard drive storage. The model range has been designed to offer the best possible performance at all price points whilst being incredibly intuitive and simple to operate. They can be set-up and operated without the need for a computer or any IT knowledge whatsoever. They are incredibly versatile and can play music via a USB DAC or via a UPnP Network player. Please read our in depth Melco Audio article on this path for more in depth information.

You can archive your CD collection onto the Melco’s hard drives by simply connecting a CD optical drive (like Melco’s own D100) to one of the rear panel USB ports. A typical CD takes around 7-8 minutes to ‘rip’. If you are Melco is connected to a USB-DAC you also have the option to play CD’s as well.

A front panel USB 3.0 port makes importing from a USB stick or USB hard drive very convenient and is in addition to 3 rear USB 3.0 ports for Easy Backup, Easy Expansion, Easy Play and Easy import.

If you have an account with High-Res Audio (a German download site) you can enter your username/password into the Melco and any purchases you make automatically download to the Melco – nice and easy, no computer required!

The Melco N1A-EX is the entry level model in their classic N1 range and is a development of the first 2 generations of Melco models to further improve sound quality especially for USB-DAC users.

As with the mk2 model the EX Series still has a dedicated Neutrik USB 2.0 port to connect to your USB-DAC for optimum sound quality. If you are using a UPnP Network player there is a dedicated Player port as well.

Internally several other new improvements were implemented to specifically lower internal noise including a new capacitor bank to help isolate the medical grade power supply. A new IEC connector has been used with a true ground and a noise filter has been fitted also.

The Melco N1A-EX features 2 x 3 terabyte hard drives and are new selected designs which are mounted in isolation cradles to keep vibrations to an absolute minimum.

If connected to a USB-DAC control can be via Melco’s own app (iPad only) and you have the ability to stream Tidal and Qobuz as well.There are plenty of 3rd party apps like Linn Kazoo and Lumin which work very well also.

If you are connected to a UPnP Network Player (like a Linn or Naim) you simply use the dedicated app for you existing player.

Model N1A-EX
Support file (Server) DSF, DFF, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF, AAC, MP3, WMA, OGG, LPCM
Support file (Player) DSF, DFF, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF, AAC
Sampling rate (Server) 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176K, 192K, 384K, 2.8M, 5.6M, 11.3M
Sampling rate (Player) 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176K, 192K, 384K, 2.8M, 5.6M, 11.3M
Bit rate 16-32bit (PCM), 1bit (DSD)
Media Server Twonky Media Server
Terminals LAN (1000BASE-T)
Player (1000BASE-T)
Backup (USB 3.0, rear panel)
Expansion (USB 3.0, rear panel)
USB 3.0 (rear panel)
USB-DAC (USB 2.0, rear panel)
USB 2.0 (front panel)
Ground connectable bolt
Power supply unit 60 W x1
Drives Selected 3.5inch HDD 2TB x 2
Case Aluminum front panel & Metal chassis
Size 436x70x352 mm
Weight 7kg (15.5 lb)

Additional information


Silver, Black


7 Kg


436 x 62 x 352 mm


2 Years Parts & Labour (3 Years if Registered)

Free UK Mainland Shipping


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