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Melco N1ZH EX Music Library
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.
The Melco N1ZH-EX is the middle 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.
There are also 3 other USB ports on the rear panel for Easy Backup, Easy Expansion 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!
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. Several third party apps like Linn Kazoo and Lumin also 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.
Stepping up to the N1ZH-EX over the entry level N1A/2 is quite a jump in performance. More than most people expect to be fair, even if you are using a relatively modest DAC or UPnP Network Player.
In laymans terms it is simply a much better digital transport.
It still has the same storage capacity as the N1A EX, but uses completely different hard drives. In the N1ZH EX there are 2 specially selected 3 terabyte 2.5 inch drives which are electrically a lot less noisy than conventional 3.5 inch drives. It has an additional power supply (medical grade) one for the main board and a dedicated supply just for the the hard drives. There are additional capacitor banks and the 2 hard drives are stored in a heavy brass mounting foundation to eliminate vibration and noise leakage. Data is written using a different logic board to the N1A – it is slower and more accurate.
The upshot is better sound and there is lots of it! It most instances it doesn’t take long when doing an A-B between the 2 models for you to realise the N1ZH EX is a rather special piece of equipment!!
The actual feature set is identical between all Melco models, as is the software that drives them. The only difference you will spot is the better case is no front USB port on the N1ZH and N1ZS models
Please check out our blog post on upgrading from an N1A to an N1ZH, it features a mini-review from a customer who made the jump.
|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 or Minimserver|
|Backup (USB 3.0, rear panel)|
|Expansion (USB 3.0, rear panel)|
|USB3.0 (rear panel)|
|USB-DAC (USB 2.0, rear panel)|
|Dedicated ground terminal|
|Power supply unit||Separated units|
|1. For Main Board Devices|
|2. For SATA Disk Devices|
|30 W x 2 with capacitor bank|
|Drives||Selected 2.5inch HDD 3TB x 2|
|Case||Thick aluminum case|
|Size||350 x 75 x 370 mm|
|Weight||8.1kg (17.9 lb)|
350 x 75 x 370 mm
2 Years Parts & Labour (3 Years if Registered)
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