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I have played around with computer audio for a few years now and like many others, spent $$$ trying to perfect it. However I was always drawn back to the Accuphase DP-950 SACD spinner as a superior source . Recently I did some digging to see what was available from established, full range high-end audio companies to see if any had produced a top quality USB server. I came across the Esoteric N-03T , the only server that fit my criteria. It was launched in 2018 but for some reason hasn't been promoted ( or even stocked) in Australia so it slipped under the radar.
Firstly , it is built from the ground up for the task at hand, it is not pc or NAS based.
To quote Esoteric " The dedicated power supply for the network module also has an EDLC (Electric Double-layer Capacitor), a super-capacitor that has 1F (1,000,000μF) capacitance."
I understand the N03-T is a DAC-less version of the Esoteric N0-1. It can either be used as a streaming server or you can source the music from an attached SSD. It is Roon Ready, and has built in support for Tidal, Spotify etc and internet radio.
How does it sound? Amazing! I was encouraged by rave reviews translated from Japanese and upon first hearing it I understood the excitement. It has the lowest noise floor, better timing , pace, depth and imaging ofany other server I have come across. Overall the sound is as natural and with great depth. It hits the eating edge of notes extremely well - the PC based servers I am familiar with could sound amazing, but this is on another level altogether.
I only used an attached SSD for music source, and I haven't had a chance yo setup network audio yet. I think the local Esoteric Distributors could sell a lot of these if only they knew what it was capable of.
Item Condition: Used Shipping Options: Shipping is included in price. Suburb or Town: Point Cook State: Victoria Payment Method: Paypal, EFT Reason for selling: Redundant Further information:
I bought this kit 2 months ago. It consists of:
Intel NUC5CPYH NUC barebone Kit Kingston 4GB (1x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz and Kingston A400 240GB 2.5" SATA III SSD
All you need is an operating system, a monitor and a player to make it a music server in conjunction with your USB/optical DAC and your speakers.
Due to its small footprint it is ideal for bedroom or study room.
Please refer to manufacturer site for product details.
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Item: Aurender N10 Music server 8TB in Black colour
Price: 9450 AUD( RRP12,999 for 8TB) including shipping to any stages in Australia
Item Condition: 99% as new, opened box for photos taking and testing, less than 20 hours running
Reason for selling: Funding for house Renovation
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
Extra Info: Regretful sale due to some urgent issues. I had purchased from Addited to audio in Kew, Melbourne 3 weeks ago as per reciept photo. I haven't have time to tried it out much. This is one of the best Music server in the market I would said. As you can see, Aurender has been used to play with millions dolars systems in almost every hifi shows in the word. the unit solid and sleek looking. It can streaming Tidal, roon via Airplay using the aurender Conductor app.
Feature and Specifications:
Ultra High-Quality SPDIF and AES/EBU Digital Audio Outputs
N10’s AES/EBU, BNC, Coaxial, and Optical outputs provide a superior musical presentation. As opposed to an asynchonous USB connection, where the DAC pulls packets of information from the player, N10’s SPDIF and AES/EBU audio outputs push signal out to the DAC at intervals defined by the on-board OCXO clock. With a clock this precise, trust us, you want to use it!.
Oven-Controlled Crystal Oscillator (OCXO) for Long-Term Jitter Reduction: OCXOs are among the most accurate and stable clocks in use today, and are orders of magnitude more accurate and stable than commonly used ordinary crystal oscillators usually found in computers. Temperature changes cause crystal oscillations to fluctuate, which can lead to jitter in the digital audio signal. Moreover, ordinary crystals are much less stable and lose accuracy over time. In OCXO clocks, a very stable, high-grade crystal oscillator is enclosed in a compartment and kept at a constant temperature to prevent jitter from temperature fluctuations.
Precision DSD-to-PCM Conversion by FPGA
Many DACs support DSD decoding only on their USB inputs and not on SPDIF or AES/EBU. That’s why the Aurender N10 (and W20) feature an extremely high-quality DSD-to-PCM conversion by FPGA.
FPGA-Based All Digital Phase-Locked Loop System
An All Digital Phase-Locked Loop system (ADPLL) incorporating Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) with OCXO clocks precisely times digital audio data transmissions and minimizes jitter to below negligible levels.
8TB Hard Disk Drive Storage with Solid-State Drive Cache for Playback
Internal hard drives provide either 4TB or 8TB of storage and a 240G solid-state drive is used to cache music for playback. If a selected song or album is already cached to the solid-state drive, the hard drive will remain asleep. This minimizes wear and tear on the hard drive. By caching songs to the solid-state drive for playback, electrical and acoustic noise resulting from spinning disks, moving heads and motors are completely eliminated.
Dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0 Output with Ultra Low Noise Power Circuitry
The dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0 output is designed to deliver an exceptionally transparent audio signal free of noise, and is shielded from outside electronic interference.
USB HDD and NAS (Network-Attached Storage) Support
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.
Aurender Conductor App Packed with Convenient Features for Full-Function Control
The Aurender Conductor App turns the iPad into a versatile user interface for Aurender music servers. All settings and functions of the Aurender server can be easily accessed through the Settings menu, and the app comes with extensive features to make browsing and playing high resolution music collections a breeze.
MQA Core Decoder (optional in-app purchase)
Aurender’s optional MQA Core Decoder upgrade enables “first-level” MQA unfolding to play MQA files at up to 48 or 96 kHz.
Compatible Formats DSD(DSF, DFF), WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, M4A, APE and others Bit and Sample Rates SPDIF: Up to 24-bit, 192kHz (PCM); 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64)
USB: 32bit / 384kHz, 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64); 1-bit, 5.6MHz (DSD128)
User Software Aurender Conductor iPad App, Android App (Lite Version) Solid-State Drive 1 x 240 GB Hard Disk Drives 4TB / 8TB SPDIF Clocking FPGA-based All Digital Phase Locked Loop Audio Clock OCXO Digital Audio Outputs 1 coaxial, 1 optical, 1 AES/EBU, 1 BNC (Impedance 75Ω), 1 USB Audio Class 2.0 Digital I/O 1 Gigabit LAN, 2 x USB 2.0 CPU Board Proprietary Aurender Board Main Memory 4GB Finish Silver or Black Dimensions 430mm x 83mm x 353mm
16.93in x 3.27in x 13.9in Weight 12.26kg
27.03 lb Power Consumption Play (27W), Peak (37W), Standby (3.1W) further reviews: Aurender N10 Music Server Review | AudioStream
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Item: DENON DNP-730AE
Location: Mid North Coast
Price: 380 + postage (retail price $849)
Item Condition: New never used
Reason for selling: No wifi at home
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (3%), Bank deposit
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Price: $900 firm
Item Condition: excellent
Reason for selling: go for Vinyl
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