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Melco S100 Data Switch
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Digital music which is moved around on an Ethernet network, either from a streamed subscription service like Tidal or Qobuz or music served from an IT NAS drive to a UPnP Network Player is heavily reliant on perfectly timed data in a low noise environment to achieve maximum performance.
The limitation to the ultimate sound quality of digital music on any Ethernet network is the network itself and the components used. We have long since championed the benefits of low noise on network with Entreq grounding and we have many customers doing this to great effect.
Typically IT components (ISP routers and inexpensive data switches) are low cost commodity items and are effective for general PC data and gaming etc. But they are simply inadequate for high quality digital music.
One critical component in all digital music systems is the data-switch which handles both the music data and control, this applies to switching inside the router itself and/or an external switch.
The Melco S100 Dataswitch has been designed and configured as an audiophile component without any IT compromises…..
The S100 features 8 conventional Ethernet ports
There are four 100Mb RJ45 ports – these have designed to provide the very best audio quality and are designed for connection to Network Players/Streamers, NAS drives, Melco’s and such like.
There are four 1Gb ports – these are ideal for general PC connectivity, Smart TV’s, and are ideal for the Roon Core processor which generates high traffic flow.
There are two additional SFP ports allow for connection of optical fibre for components such as Lumin that support it.
The key to creating a stable and resilient data stream for Hi-Res streaming is the packet buffer and S100 has 1.5MB of buffer capability to deal with erratic external connectivity.
Audiophile techniques are used in the power supply implementation with a bank of audio-grade capacitors to ensure the lowest noise environment.
Mechanical stability contributes to system performance and the S100 is built on a rigid steel chassis with total screening provided by the totally metal enclosure which matches the rest of the Melco range in terms of both appearance and build quality.
Power supplies are external to the S100 giving good isolation and allowing for future upgrade to external linear power supplies such as the brilliant Plixir BDC Power Supply
Network Digital Music Players – Streamers
The Ethernet network is the signal connectivity for every network Player or Streamer from the NAS where the data is stored. Similarly streaming services such as Tidal and Qobuz originate in remote servers and connect to the network Player through the Ethernet Network as well.
Any damage to packet data, timing, packet order, noise, or intrusive data, damages the overall musical performance.
Conventional IT switches are optimised for speed and throughput – not data integrity.
Melco S100, using the 100Mb ports achieves the best possible performance from every brand of network Player or Streamer regardless of the source.
Computers used for playing Audio all connect to the network for access to servers or streaming services.
As above connectivity is not optimised for sound quality and Melco S100 removes this restriction to performance allowing the full benefit of optimised player software and other tweaks to be enjoyed.
Roon systems can have both music storage and the Roon Core connected to the network which can generate a lot of traffic.
The Melco S100 has ports optimised for sound quality, as well as ports optimised for both sound quality and throughput. Connect your Roon Endpoint to one of the audio optimised 100mb ports and the Roon Core conncted to one of the 1GB ports.
This creates an ideal Roon infrastructure without any compromise.
Lumin high performance network
players offer the opportunity to isolate the player from the network using fibre Optic SFP connectors (not all Lumin models have this connectivity)
Melco S100 is equipped as standard with two SFP/LC connectors to allow the full benefits to be enjoyed.
Melco N1, N10 and N100
Many Melco owners have long realised the benefits of using a Melco Digital Music Library without any network connection at all – but this is often not practical in real world, day to day use.
Now with the S100 all Melco users can enjoy the benefits of a permanent network connection – access to streaming services, internet radio and other networked sources – without any sound quality compromises.
We have the S100 on demonstration, if you would like to try it in your own system to see what it is capable of delivering please get in touch
Since the launch of the S100 at the start of this year it has proved to a very popular item indeed. Quite a few people dismissed it as being too expensive and the usual comments you always read online about the fact any data switch can do the same job and the can’t make a difference. If you have a good system the impact an S100 can make is nothing short of huge.
I have installed quite a few so far using them in combination with Melco and Naim/Linn streamers (where the Player Port is being used as opposed to USB).
Connecting a Roon Nucleus (or whatever device you run Roon Core on) offers another sizable upgrade. Roon is excellent in terms of its interface but and sounds great, but integrate an S100 into the configuration and performance takes a huge leap forwards. I’ve also installed a couple of S100 for Melco users who are connecting to USB DAC’s but who are heavy Tidal and Qobuz streamers so they pull lots of music over the LAN.
Don’t underestimate the ability of the S100!!!
4 x 100MbE (Priority Ports) RJ45
12V 1 amp 5.7mm Coax
215 x 61 x 269mm (W H L)