Project Description

MELCO N1ZH mk2, £4750

The Melco N1 Music Library gives digital music lovers the benefits of the first storage system optimised for high resolution audio. Designed from the outset as an Audiophile component it is bristling with Audiophile credentials  – even the basic design architecture is unique to the application of High Resolution Digital Music playback. Incorporating the unique Melco Direct Streaming Music format, all systems using network players benefit from improved sound quality and a better user experience, free from IT-industry peripherals.

The digital audio file has now become the most important and highest quality audio source, with files similar to SACD or CD.  To support this trend, various high end audio players now support UPnP / DLNA streaming.  Unlike SACD or CD, audio streaming requires integration with a NAS (Network Storage) device that needs to be carefully designed for low noise, power stabilisation and functionality.  The team of engineers at Buffalo did just that: designed a NAS specifically as a High Resolution Digital Music Library with the name Melco.  The resultant players deliver the high standard of user experience and audio file quality that one would insist upon when choosing superior audio equipment.

Melco N1Z/2 is the flagship of the new Mk2 series. True audiophile source components designed for both Ethernet connected Players (Streamers) and for connection to a USB connected DAC. The N1Z/2 is constructed as a true Hi-Fi source component with heavy anodised aluminium chassis sections bead blasted to a delightful finish, and with an internal rigid H frame to isolate vibration and isolate the various sections of the hardware. Twin power supplies with additional capacitor banks with audio grade film capacitors isolate the HDD from the data processing, and multiple stages of noise reduction and isolation ensure the quietest possible environment for the sensitive electronics. A precision low jitter clock handles the data flow whether to the USB-DAC or the Ethernet player. The drives are mounted on massive non-magnetic foundation plate, and the N1ZS20 uses 2nd generation SSD  which is quite unlike IT SSD which seriously compromise sound quality. The SSDS are format as RAID 0 for optimum sound quality. The N1ZH has SFF drives – which are much less electrical noise than conventional 3.5 inch HDD. Operation of the N1Z is very convenient, with a dedicated Neutrik USB 2.0 port for a DAC, and then 3 USB 3.0 ports for Easy backup, Easy Expansion, Easy Import of CD or from USB drives, Easy Play without import from USB drives or CD loader so that a legacy CD collection can benefit from the latest DAC technology. All without ant require men for a PC or any IT type devices.

Available in silver or black finish.

  • Dedicated LAN port for Player (Streamer) connectivity – optimum data integrity and simple setup.
  • Light-piped Ethernet ports – complete electrical isolation totally removing possibility of interference and noise.
  • Separated power supply circuitry for LAN ports – isolates the LAN function from all electrical disturbances
  • Double power supplies – separate power functions for LAN and USB / HDD / System management .
  • Audio-grade ultra-low jitter data clock – eliminates any possibility of data jitter at source
  • Dual high grade power supplies. N1ZH – 30W x2, sepearte supplies for external data interfaces means no pollution of sensitive internal data and clock supplies Audiophile grade capacitor bank for absolute stable supplies.
SeriesN1Z/2
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 rate16-32bit (PCM), 1bit (DSD)
Media ServerTwonky Media Server
TerminalsLAN (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 unit2x 60W with capacitor banks
Drives2x 3TB HDD or 2x 1TB Audio Grade SSD
CaseExtruded aluminum chassis
Size350 x 75 x 370 mm (13.8 x 3.0 x 14.6 inches)
WeightHDD Version 8.1kg (17.9 pounds)
SSD Version 8.5kg (18.7 pounds)