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A30 Caching Music Server and CD Ripper

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A30 combines many of the features of the ACS10 with Aurender's highest performance server and D/A converter design yet. It’s also the first Aurender to incorporate a headphone amplifier, making the A30 the best solution for those seeking the ultimate in performance and convenience.

Main Functions

  • Caching Music Server
  • Streamer
  • CD Ripper
  • HDD Storage
  • Full MQA Decoder DAC
  • Headphone Amplifier

Rent the Nimbie USB Plus

Nimbie autoload tray and finished disc tray

The Nimbie USB Plus is available to Moon Audio customers who have purchased the Aurender ACS10 Music Server and CD Ripper. Adding the Nimbie USB Plus to the ACS10 allows you to import your entire library by pressing a few buttons. The ACS10 will retrieve and integrate metadata and cover art, making the digitization of your entire collection hassle-free and hands-off.

Rental of the Nimbie USB Plus is for a 30-day term and customers must pay an additional security deposit. The deposit will be refunded once the product is returned and inspected for damage. Late fees and damages may be deducted from the deposit amount.

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A30 is the flagship model from Aurender’s range of analog output digital music players. Like A10 and A100, A30 is, at its essence, a caching music server / streamer with internal storage with control via Aurender Conductor. The Aurender A30 also includes full MQA Decoder technology which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the highest possible sound quality of the original master recording. What distinguishes A30 from the others is the pure audio performance and exhaustive feature set. Aurender has designed A30 to be the comprehensive digital focal point of your system providing useful aides not usually associated with a typical music server. Functions like CD ripping, a high-quality headphone amplifier, 10TB of internal storage, ultra-wide color LCD display and an integrated software suite of metadata editing and library management tools. All this, and much more, makes the A30 the new performance standard in all-in-one digital source components.

Aurender A30 features, front panel


  • Slot-loading, industrial-grade CD-ROM drive for ripping with choice of FLAC, WAV or AIFF codecs
  • One-touch CD Ripping with metadata and cover art retrieval
  • Ultra-Wide 8.8” color IPS LCD display provides album art view when ripping and all system data on functions when in use
  • File storage on single 10TB 3.5” enterprise-grade HDD
  • 480GB SSD cache. 10GB (DDR3) for system memory
  • Support for Network Attached (NAS) and USB Storage
  • Dual-Mono DAC with Dual-Mono Linear Power Supplies. 768KHz/32bit Next-Generation Flagship AKM AK4497 DAC Chipset
  • Full MQA Decoder DAC
  • Sampling rates: PCM up to 768kHz/32bit. DSD up to 256 DoP. Native DSD up to 512
  • Discrete Linear Power Supply with “Super Capacitor” based Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for stabilizing unit under an abrupt power outage condition
  • FPGA-based Precision Data Re-Clocking System with sub 100fs world-class jitter-reducing clock generator
  • Headphone amplifier with three jacks (1 x 4pin XLR and 1 x 4.4mm Balanced / 1 x 6.5mm Unbalanced)
  • Five Individual Toroidal Power Transformers for Server / Digital / Dual DACs / Headphone Amplifier
  • Balanced (XLR) and Unbalanced (RCA) Audio Outputs
  • Volume adjustment from Conductor App, IR remote or front panel rotary control
  • Dedicated USB Audio Output with Ultra-Low-Noise Power Circuitry
  • Metadata editing and library management software available for computer-less library management
  • Smart Copy feature allows for easy transfer of music libraries from other network attached devices and can perform duplicate file removal
  • One Double-Isolated Gigabit Ethernet Port for connection to a router
  • Two USB 3.0 Data Ports
  • Software support for Acronova Nimbie AutoLoader for automated cd ripping (optional)

Aurender A30 features, back and side panels

The Aurender approach has always emphasized custom integration of software and hardware. When these elements are indivisibly engineered in-house, we achieve increased stability, reliability and overall performance of operation. This approach is key to Aurender and sets Aurender products apart from the old-fashioned way of running music software on a computer or powerful processor and using IT peripherals for storage and other purposes.

Control and music management of all Aurender models is via the Conductor App, hailed by users and reviewers alike for its performance and intuitive operation. The iPad-based App was developed in-house with managing large music databases in mind, providing exceptionally fast browsing and searching of your favorite music. In-app TIDAL and Qobuz integration provides access to these subscription-based services and to the millions of tracks available in CD quality or better. Internet radio support via SHOUTcast.

A separate app, A30 Manager, equips A30 with software programs for metadata editing and digital file management allowing the user to combine, organize and correct metadata in the way you desire.

For peace of mind, remote Technical Support is accessible via the Aurender Conductor Application.

Aurender Music Server Comparison

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Intel N4200 Quad Core
AK4490(AKM) x 2
8.8″ 1920 x 480 IPS LCD
2.5" SATA HDD Bay Configurable Storage
480GB M.2 SSD System Cache
Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify Connect
MQA Decoding
Sample Rate
DoP 128 / Native 256 (USB DSD)
Up to 24bit / 192 kHz (USB PCM)
Up to 24bit / 192 kHz (S/pdif PCM)
FPGA Loop System
RCA, BNC, 2X Toslink, USB
2x RCA 2.0 or 2.7 VRMS (Single Ended)
XLR 4.0 or 5.4 VRMS (Balanced)
Headphone Amplifier
Headphone Outputs

Power SE
32 ohms Peak Output: 6.86Vrms / 1.47W
300 ohms Peak output : 7.93Vrms / 0.21W
600 ohms Peak Output: 8Vrms / 107mW
1 Gbps Ethernet
2x USB A
Full Linear Power Supply
Battery Backup
31.3 Ibs
16.9 x 4.4 x 14.0 inches
Intel N4200 Quad Core
AK 4497(AKM) x 2
8.8″ 1920 x 480 IPS LCD
10TB Built in Storage
480GB M.2 SSD System Cache
CD Ripping
Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify Connect
MQA Decoding
Sample Rate
DoP 256 / Native 512 (USB DSD)
Up to 24bit / 192 kHz (USB PCM)
Up to 24bit / 192 kHZ (S/pdif PCM)
FPGA Loop System
RCA, BNC, Toslink
2x RCA 2.0 or 2.7 Vrms (Single Ended)
2x XLR 4.0 or 5.4 Vrms (Balanced)
Headphone Amplifier
Headphone Outputs
1/4", 4.4mm, 4pin XLR
32 ohms Peak Output: 9.8Vrms / 3.01W
300 ohms Peak Output: 12.65Vrms / 0.53W
600 ohms Peak output : 12.88 Vrms / 0.27W
Power SE
32 ohms Peak Output: 6.63Vrms / 1.37W
300 ohms Peak Output: 7.58Vrms / 0.19W
600 ohms Peak Output: 7.65Vrms / 98mW
1 Gbps Ethernet
2x USB A
Full Linear Power Supply
Battery Backup
37.5 lbs
16.9 x 5.6 x 14.0 inches
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Press Reviews

Aurender Magazine Guide
Aurender Magazine

Guides & Advice
by Moon Audio

Aurender A30 vs. A20: Music Server Review & Comparison
A20 v.s. A30

by Sara Schweiger
June 2, 2022

Best Players 2022

by Part Time Audiophile
Nov. 2021

Audiophile Style Review
Audiophile Style

by Staff
Jul. 2019

Hi-Fi News Review
Hi-Fi News

by Andrew Everard
Feb. 2020

Part Time Audiophile Best dac 2021
Part Time Audiophile

by Editorial Staff
May. 2021

Technical Features

16.93 x 5.6 x 14.0 in. / 430 x 141 x 355 mm
37.5 lbs. / 17 Kg
SSD for System and Cache
480G M.2 NVMe
Intel N4200 Quad Core
Music Storage
10 TB (3.5" 8TB HDD x 1)
Power Supply
8.8" 1920 x 480 WIDE IPS LCD
Clock Structure
Revised Full Differential System
Main Clock Accuracy
OCXO Based Precision Jitter Reducing Clock Generator
Audio Dedicated USB Port
1 x USB AUDIO Class 2.0
Digital Audio Inputs
2 x TOSLINK up to 24-bit / 192 kHz
Data USB
2 x USB 3.0 ( Rear )
1 x Double-Isolated Gigabit Ethernet
Analog Audio Outputs
Unbalanced (RCA): 2 (2.7) Vrms
Balanced (XLR): 4 (5.4) Vrms
Headphone Outputs
1 x 4pin XLR Balanced
1 x 4.4mm Balanced
1 x 6.5mm Unbalanced
Volume Control
-90 dB - 0dB, 0.5 dB step, Velocity Sensitive Operation Variable output control from front panel rotary knob, Conductor App and supplied IR remote control when used as preamplifier
USB Audio Output
PCM: Up to 32bit / 768kHz
DSD: DoP Up to 256, Native DSD Up to 512
DAC Chip
AKM AK4497 Dual-Mono Design
CD Ripping
TEAC Slot-Load CD-ROM Drive
Automated ripping support for Arconova Nimbie Autoloader via USB 3.0 port (optional)
Internal UPS
Super Capacitor Based Internal UPS
Aurender Conductor App
Release Notes