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Melco N1ZS 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.
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. There are plenty of third party apps like Linn Kazoo and Lumin that work well also. If you are connected to a UPnP Network Player (like a Linn or Naim) you simply use the dedicated app for your existing player.
The N1ZS EX is the flagship Melco product, visually it looks identical to the N1ZH EX, so what is different about it?
Quite a bit in reality…..
The N1ZS EX uses 2 x 2 terabyte SSD.
These drives are manufactured in low volume hence the jump in price to £9999.00
It features the dual power supplies of the N1ZH EX (one dedicated to the main board and one dedicated for the actual drives), but with additional capacitor banks and the N1ZS EX has a dedicated hard drive mounting solution to eliminate noise and interference.
How does it compare to N1ZA & N1ZH (both mk 1 & mk 2) – the best way to put this is if you have a good system it’s probably best not to listen to a N1ZS 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 EX 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)
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