"...the level of transparency is in another league to that I have encountered with streaming servers in the past, it’s one of those rare components that makes you feel as if the truth is within your grasp. The mythical absolute sound is just a whisker away!" -Jason Kennedy (TheEar.net)
Nothing is hotter than streaming audio. It promises instant access to your entire collection of music at the touch of button. Unfortunately, streaming audio also comes with the configuration of a home network and associated equipment. Almost every bug or quirk associated with streaming audio relates back to the dreaded network... So, what is an audiophile to do? With purpose-built Melco servers,we finally have a plug-n-play music storage device that requires no network configuration or computer. It plugs directly into your streamer or USB DAC, and provides 4TB of storage with UPnP operability. Simple, elegant and high performance
Melco - Network Configuration for Streamer
Dedicated LAN port for Player (Streamer) connectivity - optimum data integrity and simple setup.
Light-piped Ethernet ports - complete electrical isolation totally removing possibility of interference and noise.
LAN LED off function - ensures the highest possible data integrity.
Separated power supply circuitry for LAN ports - isolates the LAN function from all electrical disturbances
Double power supplies - separate power functions for LAN and USB / HDD / System management (*N1Z only)
Audio-grade ultra-low jitter data clock - eliminates any possibility of data jitter at source
Original Audio grade SSD storage stable data, consistent performance, silent, and zero mechanical influence and vibration (*N1Z only) (Made by Buffalo Memory Co., Ltd)
Melco - Audiophile Engineering
High grade power supplies with audiophile grade components. N1A - 60W x 1
Dual high grade power supplies. N1Z – 30W x2, separate supplies for external data interfaces means no pollution of sensitive internal data and clock supplies.
Audiophile grade capacitor bank for absolute stable supplies (*N1Z only)
Solid Aluminum front fascia (N1Z) rigid metal chassis.
High stability noise eliminating H cross-frame construction for mechanical integrity (N1Z)
Specialist audio isolators (Japanese TAOC brand)
Melco - Simplified Installation and Operation
No PC required for setup and installation - no specialist knowledge needed.
Specific IP port for Streamer / Player with additional Network port for Control and Ethernet. Simply creates robust network for streaming high resolution music and control even on complex networks.
Pre-installed media server - no configuration required.
Supports multiple specialized media servers - currently shipping with Twonky 7 with DSD support.
Informative OLED front panel display - displays current streaming track data, system status, and setup.
Simple menu navigation structure and track selection
Simple front panel on-off switch - just like Hi-Fi.
15 seconds only to full power-on.
5 seconds to full shut-down
Safe against unintended power down - no requirement for UPS
Melco - Network Configuration for USB DAC
The Local USB-DAC can be used in the same manner as the Network Player. The Local USB-DAC player is simply controlled from a UPnP Control App on a Smartphone or Tablet on the network. The App discovers the N1 - DAC as a Digital Media Renderer or Player on the Network as soon as a DAC is connected to the N1.
The N1 is connected to various Hi-Fi USB-DAC using a standard USB lead. >Link to compatibility list
The N1 Local USB-DAC Player supports PCM up to 384 kHz / 32 bit, and DSD up to 5.6 MHz double DSD.
Automatic sample rate adjustment to match the capabilities of the connected DAC - e.g. 192 kHz is automatically downsampled to play on a 96 kHz capable DAC.
Automatic conversion of DSD to 24 bit PCM for USB DAC that does not support DSD. (Manual setting in the Menu
The Playlist can be stored either on N1 (Mode 1) to allow the playlist to be maintained even if the App is out of contact,or the Playlist is stored on the App (Mode 2) when the App requires it. Please see compatibility chart.
The Melco Local USB-DAC player can be easily controlled by your favorite UPnP control Point (App).
The Melco Local USB-DAC player will play Music stored on open shares on the Network in addition to music stored on the Melco.
The gapless playback is supported from FW Ver 2.10.(WAV FLAC AIFF ALAC)