Project Description

MELCO N1ZH EX, £5249

Melco redefined the real potential of Hi-Res digital music playback over Ethernet or using USB DAC when it was introduced a few years ago.

Now, with the introduction of the Melco EX Series, new standards of convenience are achieved, especially for Browse and Search of the music library. New software for the user interface on the OLED display gives more detail of status and playback, with internationalisation covering most metadata requirements, along with advanced options for the CD import and archiving process. Internet Radio is fully supported using the Melco Music HD App.

Melco N1Z EX is the flagship. True audiophile source components designed for both Ethernet connected Players (Streamers) and for connection to a USB connected DAC.

The N1Z EX 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 N1Z EX has SFF drives – which are much less electrical noise than conventional 3.5 inch HDD. Operation of the N1Z EX 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.

Melco N1Z EX

  • 2 x 3TB Small Form Factor HDD
  • Heavy brass non-magnetic HDD foundation
  • Dedicated Neutrik USB-DAC port
  • Dual Power Supplies
  • New capacitor bank with audio grade film capacitors

Melco N1ZH MK2 – N1ZH EX upgrade, £270 including all UK mainland carriage

  • Browse and Search Profiles: Jazz, Rock, Classical, Simple
  • Browse and Search in any order
  • One button: ‘Add Missing Album art’
  • One button: ‘Find additional metadata’
  • One button: ‘Replace all metadata with new’
  • Classical tagging at Work level, not Album
  • New tagged metadata available to other player systems: multiroom or car
  • Tagged metadata is now totally consistent across the whole Melco library
  • Composer automatically added to Work Title in case of Classical
  • Simple web tool for manual edits of a single album or change album art Will present overview of complete library in fine detail as web page or spreadsheet before and after processing
  • User configurable in all aspects by subscription to SongKong for Melco and Minimserver2
  • Color: Black, Silver
  • Size: 350 x 75 x 370 mm, 13.8 x 3.0 x 14.6 in
  • Weight: 8.1kg ; 17.9lb
  • Internal Drives: 2.5inch 3TB HDD x 2
  • Power Supply: Switching power supply x 2 channel (Disk / Main board)
  • Type A USB Ports: USB3.0 x 3, USB2.0 x 1
  • RJ45 Ports: 2 x GbE