With the Aurender N100SC, a single hard drive drawer like the one found in the ACS100 is added with the same galvanized isolated USB output that’s also found in the ACS100.
The N100SC is the dedicated music server and player, providing superior sound quality with the ACS100 as the perfectly paired ripping product.
N100SC: Caching Music Server / Streamer / USB and Coaxial Outputs / Optional HDD or SSD Storage
If you’ve ever owned a computer audio system, you know that time spent fussing is time lost enjoying music! Consider the alternative – the Aurender N100H, N100C or N100SC. All models elegantly replace your aging computer audio system and elevate your audio system’s sound quality. Music can be stored on the internal hard drive – 2TB (N100H) or 4TB (N100C) with a 120GB solid-state (SSD) caching drive performing all file playback for superior fidelity and reliability. For the streaming enthusiast not in need of a hard drive, we offer the N100SC in which storage is optional. Management of your digital music library or Tidal and Qobuz lossless streaming services is simple and intuitive, thanks to our award-winning Aurender Conductor app. And all major digital file formats are supported at native bit depth and sampling rates. Housed in beautiful machined aluminum casework, any N100 version will compliment your existing system components and deliver a new level of musicality you have to hear to believe.
The N100H and N100C digital music players incorporate technology derived from our best-in-class models. For example, the solid-state (SSD) 120GB caching drive for playback eliminates latency and the potential of drop-outs often associated with using IT storage devices like NAS and USB drives for music playback. And our dedicated high-performance Audio 2.0 USB digital audio output or SPDIF Coax feature ultra low-noise power circuitry to deliver a pristine digital stream to the connected DAC. The N100H and N100C greatly benefit from “trickle down” technology from our far more expensive models making them both deliver audio performance that belies their cost. All this is true as well for the N100SC, except that the hard drive installation is elective. A rear panel tray can accommodate a 2.5″ HDD (up to 7mm in height) or a SATA SSD. Either drive is user installed at purchase, any time thereafter or never.
For WiFi network connectivity, streaming, upgrades and file transfers, N100H, N100C and N100SC have a Gigabit Ethernet Port along with two USB 2.0 data ports for copying files from a USB HDD or USB thumb drive.
Loading music into your Aurender is simple and easy. You can choose between two simple methods depending upon where you digital music library currently resides – direct from a USB storage device or over the network from a NAS.
The Aurender Conductor App turns your iPad, Android phone or tablet into a highly versatile user interface for Aurender Music Servers making managing, viewing, playing and streaming high-resolution music collections a breeze. All permissions, behaviors and functions of the Aurender Music Server / Streamer can be easily accessed through the Settings menu of the Aurender ConductorApp.
Embedded within the Aurender App are the lossless streaming services Tidal and Qobuz (subscription required). When using a streaming service, Aurender handles the streaming content the same way as files stored internally, so all functions and operations are the same with either library. In fact, it’s easy to combine streaming content into your library of files making all content appear to be one and the same.
Aurender’s optional MQA Core Decoder upgrade enables first unfold to play MQA files through a non-MQA certified DAC at up to 88.2kHz or 96kHz. The Core Decode upgrade can also deliver the first unfold to MQA certified DACs requiring it so the DAC can perform the final rendering.
Best performance occurs when music is stored on the Aurender’s internal storage. However, the Aurender platform is also capable of seamlessly integrating content stored on a NAS or external USB hard drive using AMM (Aurender Media Manager).
After a song or album is selected from the Aurender Conductor App, that specific music is cached to the 120GB SSD from the internal HDD and the N100 will then playback directly from the SSD. This minimizes wear and tear on the HDD drive as after loading to the caching drive, the HDD goes idle. Additionally, by caching songs to the SDD for playback, it eliminates any sound quality degradation and even drop outs due to a non-optimal network connection from for example, a NAS drive. The N100SC includes a larger 240GB caching drive so this functionality is available if a HDD or SSD is installed.
Our dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0 output is designed to deliver an exceptionally transparent audio signal, free of noise and shielded from any outside electrical or RFI interference.
SPDIF audio outputs differ from asynchronous (USB) outputs in that the clocking is done from within the server as opposed to the DAC. Which is best? One must try that in the context of your system to know. However, there many very good performing legacy DACs manufactured before USB existed and here the SPDIF RCA Coax may be you’re only connectivity option.
A full-linear power supply provides clean and stable power to the CPU and audio output circuitry. Linear supplies are renowned for their ability to deliver a wide dynamic range capability, deep and powerful low frequency response and a wide and deep soundstage.
In the unlikely event you may need technical support, you can do so right from the Aurender Conductor App. Sending a Remote Support Request from our app allows engineers to quickly diagnose and correct problems over the Internet, should they occur.
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