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"Decades in the making"


The Melco N1 is an all-new flagship SSD-based digital music library that offers the best sonic performance in the company’s history.


The new design is based around a new platform that includes a new chassis, innovative casework, and new power supplies. It offers a previously unreached performance level.


The Melco N1 is hand-made in Japan and builds on a proven and unique architecture that ensures the impeccable transport of the delicate signal data while avoiding noisy high-speed elements and fast processors.


A full-width design, the N1 benefits from a totally new set of system electronics, a new mainboard as well as a new mains transformer, supply and local voltage regulators.


An audio-specific custom 3.84 TB SSD drive is directly connected to the data path without an intervening RAID controller, and benefits from a proprietary layered, rigid SSD mounter.


On-board memory is increased as well.

Key Design Highlights

  • Specially selected 3.84 TB SSD drive for audio performance

  • High-quality positive-click front panel buttons

  • Crystal-clear, easy-read, low-noise OLED display  

  • 4x USB 3.0 ports for easy back up, expansion and DAC connectivity

  • Easy music importing from flash, CD or HDD drives

  • IEC mains inlet with true electrical ground to define the source component as ground point

  • External 10MHz clock connection (BNC)


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Music storage
1 x specially selected 3.84 TB SSD

Network connectivity
LAN Port-Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-T)
Dedicated PLAYER port

Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-T)
SFP Port (1
000 mbps MAX)

USB connectivity
USB 2.0 port USB DAC-dedicated
USB 3.0 port USB DAC-dedicated / file import
USB 3.0 backup port
USB 3.0 expansion port
1 x front panel USB 3.0 port

USB player file support


USB player sample rate support
16-32 bit (PCM) to 384 kHz :

Auto downsample to suit connected DACs
Gapless PCM support
1 bit (DSD) to 11.3 MHz :

Quad DSD Markerless DSD support
DSD to 32 bit PCM conversion :

Selectable Gapless DSD support
OLED displays player sample rate

External Clock Input
BNC, 10MHz, 50Ω, 0.5-5Vpp

Power supply
110-120 V AC


440 x 82 x 353mm


14 kg

Melco N1

with 3.8TB SSD

$ 12,000

Review Extracts - Feature Insights


All-new chassis and casework

Key to the N1’s sophisticated new look is Melco’s all-new casework which benefits from highly stable chassis. Its construction is centred around a robust

3 mm stainless steel base plate to minimise unwanted vibration. Externally, the N1 is complemented by precision-machined two-tone aluminium casework on the remaining five faces. Thickness ranges from 2 mm up to a generous 5 mm, representing a significant upgrade over the half-width N10/2 and N100 models.

The new fascia design features a unique engraved Melco logo using a special technique, with the bold new aesthetics continuing with the substantial contrasting casework corners which are also machined from solid aluminium billet. The front panel features Melco’s familiar high-quality positive-click fascia control buttons (now illuminated). A crystal-clear easy-read OLED display panel plus a USB port round out the frontal features. New complementary teal LED lighting provides additional aesthetic appeal. The N1-S38’s low-slung steel base plate design and subsequent low-centre-of-gravity chassis construction, prevents unwanted resonance from interfering with the delicate music signal.



At the audiophile-performance level of the N1, conventional USB connections can compromise ultimate performance. Therefore, robust die-cast Amphenol USB ports are provided for the rear-mounted DAC, Expansion, Import and Backup ports. This ensures improved performance as well as increased durability with heavier-grade premium cables and connectors. The Melco concept of a dedicated Player port for direct connection to network players is now enhanced by precision Neutrik RJ45 connectors; the LAN port is similarly upgraded.


Following the pioneering application of SFP Fibre (Small Form Factor Pluggable) connectivity in the Melco S10 and recent S100/2 data switch, the new N1 benefits from an SFP port for direct fibre connection to a suitably equipped player or network infrastructure. In a nod to its audiophile credentials, the new N1 also supports a switchable 10 MHz external clock input – a first for a Melco server.


Further features

Further features include a large, newly developed high-capacity power transformer, which is mounted on its own sub-chassis and exceeds that of the existing flagship, the N10/2. This is complemented by a new bespoke device for the capacitor bank.

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Ethernet Cable




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