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Melco N1-S38

Melco N1: next level music server

The Melco N1-S38, an all-new flagship SSD-based digital music library offering the best sonic performance in the company’s history. The ground-up design is based around a new platform, with a new chassis and casework, plus new power supplies. It offers a previously unreached performance level, it says here.

A full-width design, the N1-S38 benefits from a totally new set of system electronics, a new mainboard, plus a new mains transformer, supply and local regulators. An audio-specific custom 3.84 TB SSD drive, which benefits from Melco’s proprietary layered, rigid SSD mounter, is directly connected to the data path without any intervening RAID controller; on-board memory is increased, too.

Hand-made in Japan, in line with all of Melco’s uncompromising digital libraries, the N1-S38 is the first all-new Melco design since the half-width N10 and N100 series launched in 2018.

Chassis and casework

Key to the Melco N1-S38’s new look is all-new casework with chassis construction centred around a 3 mm stainless steel base plate to minimise unwanted vibration. Externally, the N1-S38 is complemented by precision-machined two-tone aluminium casework on the remaining five faces, ranging in thickness from 2 mm up to a generous 5 mm, representing a significant upgrade over the half-width N10/2 and N100 models.

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. New teal LED lighting provides additional aesthetic appeal.

Melco N1-S38 connections

Connectivity

At the audiophile-performance level of the N1-S38, conventional USB connections can compromise ultimate performance, so robust die-cast Amphenol USB ports are provided for the rear-mounted DAC, Expansion, Import and Backup ports, for improved performance and 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-S38 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-S38 also supports a switchable 10 MHz external clock input – a first for a Melco music library.

Further features of the Melco N1

Further features include a large, newly developed high-capacity power transformer, which is mounted on its own subchassis and exceeds that of the existing flagship, the N10/2. This is complemented by a new bespoke device for the capacitor bank. The N1-S38 is distributed by ADMM and available now priced at £11,995 / €14.000. Colours: black or silver.

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