MELCO N1 MUSIC SERVER
"Decades in the making"
MELCO N1 MUSIC SERVER
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)
1 x specially selected 3.84 TB SSD
LAN Port-Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-T)
Dedicated PLAYER port :
Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-T)
SFP Port (1000 mbps MAX)
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
DSF, DFF, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF and AAC
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
110-120 V AC
440 x 82 x 353mm
with 3.8TB SSD
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 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.