- Melco Master Dealer
- Dedicated Audiophile Music Server
- Flagship Model
- 2 TB x 1 SSD Hard Drive
- Dedicated USB-DAC Port
- 2 x Ethernet Ports
- Dedicated Back up and Expansion Ports
- No Computer Required for Set-up and Operation
- Free UK Shipping
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.
Melco have added 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 LAN port.
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 is via a third-party app (Linn Kazoo and Lumin are the best 2) 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.
The N1ZS/2 is the flagship Melco product, visually it looks identical to the N1ZH/2, so what is different about it?
Quite a bit in reality…..
The N1ZS/2 uses a smaller capacity SSD hard drive, there is 1 x 2 terabytye drive fitted.
This is not an off the shelf IT SSD drive. They are specific audio grade drives and have been manufactured to Melco’s exacting specification. Conventional SSD drives have several features integrated into them as standard which are not good for audio performance such as acceleration (design feature to enable drives to hit industry benchmarks); this creates additional power supply noise which is completely unnecessary for use in a Melco. There is another feature called ‘wear levelling’, standard in normal SSD drives, but removed here. A standard SSD drive in a computer will do lots of data writing/reading, but is not required here as data is written once but read many, many times. This wear levelling feature moves data around, but again not relevant in the audio world; this is another feature which has been removed to further lower electrical noise and increase performance.
These drives are manufactured in low volume hence the jump in priced to £8750.00
It features the dual power supplies of the N1ZH/2 (one dedicated to the main board and one dedicated for the actual drives), the additional capacitor banks and the N1ZS/2 has a dedicated hard drive mounting solution to eliminate noise and interference.
How does it compare to the N1ZH/2 – the best way to put this is if you have a good system it’s probably best not to listen to a N1ZS/2 unless you are ready to buy one. It’s one of those items that once you have heard it there is no going back unfortunately.
Melco have pulled out all of the stops in terms of the engineering with the N1ZS/2 and it really shows when you listen to it.
The finest digital streaming transport in the world? Quite Probably!!
|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|
|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||SSD 2 x 1TB|
|Case||Thick aluminum case|
|Size||350 x 75 x 370 mm|
|Weight||9kg (19.8 lb)|
350 x 75 x 370 mm
2 Years Parts & Labour (3 Years if Registered)
|Free UK Mainland Shipping||