From approximately the middle of June the Melco N100 will be available in an all new Black finish, any orders placed will shipped once stock is released and available. The initial order of black is relatively small and is expected to sell out.
The N100 is a brand new addition to the Melco range, it is not a replacement for an existing model. Using the same attractive, high quality casework as the D100 CD Drive and E100 Expansion Drive the N100 is a fully fledged Melco in terms of both performance and feature set.
You can confidently use the N100 in a serious system and it would not be outclassed and it would be equally at home on a desktop connected to a USB headphone amplifier.
Featuring a single 2 terabyte small form factor hard drive the N100 uses the same extreme low-noise high precision digital music dataflow of the existing Melco series. The N100 was designed from the start as a specific audio device, as such it uses no standard IT components or PC parts. An all new low profile mainboard uses the exact same RISC processor and architecture as the N1Z models, ensuring very low noise and precise data management.
As with all Melco models, twin ethernet ports are used with the dedicated Player Port connecting directly to a Network Player (like a Naim or Linn for example) without an intervening data switch, ensuring packet order and timing is maintained.
The N100 comes with a 2 terabyte internal hard drive, should you fill this drive you can easily expand the storage with the Melco E100 Expansion Drive (3TB) and maintain the same level of performance. Connecting to a USB DAC allows the N100 to perform as a self contained Hi-Res Digital Music Player.
Data rates up to 32 bit 384 kHz and Octo DSD are fully supported (providing your DAC can do the same!), supports Gapless and DSD with DoP and Melco Markerless DSD.
If connected to a USB-DAC control is via either the Melco App (iPAd only) or a third-party app (Linn Kazoo, Lumin and Bubble UPnP) and you have the ability to stream Tidal and Qobuz as well. If you are connected to a UPnP Network Player (like a Linn or Naim) you simply use the dedicated app for you existing player.
CD import is easy using either the Melco D100
or an IT grade optical drive for less demanding use/performance, metadata is provided via Gracenote. The 2 terabyte drive will hold approximately 4000 CD rips. If connected to a USB-DAC the N100/connected CD drive can also playback CD’s if required.
Back up is easy, simple connect a USB Drive to the rear panel and press one button
Download purchases of High Res Music automatically from www.highresaudio.com, you do not have to download to your PC then transfer to your Melco, the whole process is automated and really simple.
The N100 is incredibly flexible, easy to use and sound absolutely superb for the money, the level of performance on offer always surprises people when they hear it.
To quote Hi-Fi+ Magazine “I also think’s best to think of the Melco concept as the best home music server there is.”
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