The Melco N1A MK2 is a Network Attached Storage (NAS) drive that is specifically designed for music streaming applications. By focusing the functionality on music, the Melco only offers the features you need making it not only very easy to use, but it offers improved reliability and sound quality. It does this with an ultra-low jitter internal data clock and buffer with a low noise Ethernet interface.
The N1A MK2 has a dedicated PLAYER Ethernet port. This allows connection directly to the network Streamer or Player without any data switch in the signal path which would damage the music data. This direct connection concept is unique to Melco. The Ethernet purifier between the LAN and PLAYER ports ensures that the Player receives only clean and accurate data, all packets are timed with low-jitter precision and all unwanted traffic is blocked. LAN lights can be disabled for highest possible data integrity.
There are two methods of operation – Network Mode is the default and allows a Tablet connected to the Wi-Fi to control the player as normal. But for ultra-pure music playback DIRECT MODE can be selected – in this case there is no need for any external Ethernet or IT components, and the Melco acts as DHCP server to the Player. Browsing and control is then from the player front panel.
The MK2 is a development of the original N1A to further improve sound quality especially for USB-DAC users. A dedicated Neutrik USB 2.0 port offers optimum sound quality through which the N1A can be connected to various Hi-Fi USB-DAC's using a standard USB lead. The N1A Player supports PCM up to 384 kHz / 32 bit, and DSD up to 11.3 MHz Quad DSD and includes automatic sample rate adjustment to match the capabilities of the connected DAC e.g.192 kHz is automatically down-sampled to play on a 96 kHz capable DAC. It also offers conversion of DSD to 32 bit PCM for a USB DAC that does not support DSD.
There are many improvements internally over the original N1A. To further reduce internal noise there is a new capacitor bank to isolate the medical grade power supply and a built in power supply noise filter. The newly selected HDD's sit in vibration isolating cradles and offer increase capacity, 2 x 3TB = 6TB.
A front panel USB 3.0 port makes importing from USB stick or USB drive very convenient and is in addition to 3 rear USB 3.0 ports for Easy Backup, Easy Expansion, Easy Play and Easy import.
|Support file (Server)||DSF, DFF, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF, AAC, MP3, WMA, OGG, LPCM|
|Support file (Player)||DSF, DFF, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF, AAC|
|Sampling rate (Server)||44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176K, 192K, 384K, 2.8M, 5.6M, 11.2M|
|Sampling rate (Player)||44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176K, 192K, 384K, 2.8M, 5.6M, 11.2M|
|Bit rate||16-32bit (PCM), 1bit (DSD)|
|Media Server||Twonky Media Server|
Backup (USB 3.0, rear panel)
Expansion (USB 3.0, rear panel)
USB 3.0 (rear panel)
USB 3.0 (front panel)
USB-DAC (USB 2.0, rear panel)
Ground connectable bolt
|Power supply unit||60 W x1 with capacitor bank|
|Drives||2x 3TB HDD|
|Case||Aluminium front panel & Metal chassis|
|Size||436 x 62 x 352 mm (17.2 x 2.4 x 13.9 inches)|
|Weight||6.9kg (15.2 pounds)|