Melco N1A/2

Digital Music Library / Streamer

Overview

N1A/2 is a development of the N1A to further improve sound quality especially for USB-DAC users. A dedicated Neutrik USB 2.0 port connects to the DAC for optimum sound quality. Internally there are many detailed improvements to further reduce internal noise including a new capacitor bank to isolate the medical grade power supply, a new higher current 3 pole IEC connector with true ground and a built in power supply noise filter. Newly selected HDD with vibration isolating cradles ensure a new low level of vibration. 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.

Aluminium Fascia and Metal Wrap

  • Single press power button - same as Hi-Fi components and unlike any IT device
  • Comfortable front panel buttons with positive click for easy operation
  • Front USB 3.0 port
  • OLED display to reduce internal noise
  • Rear USB3.0 ports - BACKUP, EXPANSION USB-DAC for Easy Import from Flash drive, CD drive or HDD
  • 3 pole IEC mains inlet with true electrical ground to define source component as ground point, and internal power-line noise filter

MELCO Direct Streaming Music + MELCO Ethernet Purifier

  • Dual Ethernet ports - dedicated PLAYER port and LAN port
  • Direct Mode requires no LAN connection and the N1 manages the Ethernet Player and gives IP address without router
  • RJ-45 with low noise light pipe LED indicators
  • Micro miniature high performance network pulse transformers
  • Audio grade ultra-low jitter internal data clock
  • 3 pole IEC mains inlet with true electrical ground to define source component as ground point, and internal power-line noise filter
  • High data integrity and precision low jitter clock buffer
  • FPGA voltage control system

MELCO Clear and Dynamic Power Supply

  • 60W PSU for LAN and SSD & USB related device
  • Multiple low noise voltage regulators
  • 3 wire IEC with ground
  • Internal Disk Drive
  • Large capacity HDD (2 × 2TB)
  • Selected low vibration 3.5 inch HDD
  • High data integrity and precision low jitter clock buffer
  • Floating HDD mount with Silicon Rubber dampers

Colours

Black or silver finish

General

Series:N1A/2
Model:HA-N1AH40/2-US (Silver)
HA-N1AH40/2BK-US (Black)
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, 11.3M
Sampling rate (Player):44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176K, 192K, 384K, 2.8M, 5.6M, 11.3M
Bit rate:16-32bit (PCM), 1bit (DSD)
Media Server:Twonky Media Server
Terminals:LAN (1000BASE-T)
Player (1000BASE-T)
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:Selected 3.5 inch
HDD 2TB x 2
Case:Aluminum 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)

Hifi Pig

"Feature wise the Melco is outstanding and sound wise it’s just sublime, a real rich and full sound with fantastic amounts of detail retrieval, it’s dynamic and has a very large soundstage that images superbly and most importantly connects the music with the listener."


Reviews on the Melco website


Stereophile – Class A+

"The Melco N1A Buffaloed my combination of MacBook Pro and Synology NAS. It destroyed them, embarrassed them, gave them a good schooling. Music sounded obviously—frighteningly—more refined, more spacious, and more natural through the N1A. End of story. I can't imagine anyone in this universe who does nothing else while listening to music making the same comparison and not hearing this difference." (Vol.39 No.3 WWW)”


HiFi Choice Issue 397

“If you are serious about streaming, this is a very fine one-stop solution to get the very best out of your system.”


HiFi World – March 2015

“There was an absolute lack of graininess or smear and instead a natural, pristine quality to the sound, bringing out often missed details in even the most familiar of tracks.” “Bags of storage, simple to operate yet possessed of a gorgeous sound – it comes unreservedly recommended.”


Many people use computers for their digital audio playback, but this is fraught with significant problems. Computers are multi-purpose devices capable of a wide variety of tasks. With this capability comes a lot of unnecessary overhead in terms of processes running in the background and non-audio related electronics that add considerable noise, grunge and jitter into the audio signal. This is largely responsible for many negative thoughts about digital sound being edgy and fatiguing. There are plenty of devices and software that try to help ameliorate these shortcomings, but even with a couple of them employed, they still typically do not fully succeed. Plus, you also deal with fan noise and the visual distraction of a computer in the listening environment.

The Melco digital music library products succeed where multi-purpose computers do not. These are dedicated audio components with ease of use, plenty of storage and a purity of sound allowing the detail, intricacy and beauty of your digital music to shine in a way that is smooth and non-fatiguing which results in greatly increased enjoyment. If dealing with tweaking out a computer via various software and connected devices to get the best sound is not your thing, or you feel overwhelmed with computer audio because you feel you aren’t very technically savvy, this is your device!

The Melco digital music library products are controlled by a variety of Android and iOS apps. Melco is also currently working on their own app as well. For Android, BubbleUPnP works very well and also allows for the streaming of cloud based content such as TIDAL HiFi. For iOS cloud streaming, mConnect is your best option. There are various other apps from Linn, Lumin, Audionet and 8player and more that also work with Melco.

Melco delivers firmware updates through your Ethernet connection ensuring your device is always kept up to date. This makes a superb product even better as Melco makes enhancements down the road. You can feel good knowing your investment in this technology will be kept current.