Melco Audio has upgraded its two flagship digital music libraries, the HA-N1Z/2EX-H50 (HDD) and HA-N1Z/2EX-S40 (SSD), to include improved power supplies and higher-performance single-drive storage for the best-ever Melco sound quality.
The flagship N1Z series machines offer connoisseurs the choice of either solid-state or hard disc storage, both specifically engineered for audio. The SSD-based HA-N1Z/2EX-S40 now benefits from a new, high-performance 4 TB storage drive and the HDD-based HA-N1Z/2EX-H50 is supplied with a new 5 TB unit; both models feature the new single drives.
Melco’s implementation of a single drives means its engineers no longer have to incorporate a dual drive RAID system (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) in the operating software, giving an immediate sound quality upgrade by using higher quality single drives.
Sound performance is extended further by the new and improved power supplies, making the current-generation Melco N1Z series the best it has ever been. Despite the upgrades, the pricing remains unchanged: the HA-N1Z/2EX-H50 is priced at £5,249 and HA-N1Z/2EX-S40 is £9,999.
The N1Z machines also feature the latest EX upgrades, plus the new February-launched firmware (v. 4.10), which adds Roon playback, plus a number of additional features, including markerless DSD compatibility for a greater number of devices, Twonky server stability improvements, and web page stability improvements.