Aurender N150 Music Player and Server

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Aurender N150 Music Player and Server

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Key info

  • Aurender’s entry level music server and streamer.
  • Combines a high-performance music server with a digital streamer with native support for Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify Connect.
  • With multiple storage configurations available, including SSD and HDD options, the ACS100 provides ample space to store your entire music collection in pristine digital quality.
  • Support for high-resolution audio formats up to PCM 32-bit/384kHz and DSD256, ensuring every detail of your music is faithfully reproduced.
  • The intuitive Aurender Conductor app, available for both iOS and Android devices, or the convenient front-panel display and remote control.

All specifications

Physical characteristics
Weight 5.3 kg
Dimensions (HxWxD) 215 x 63 x 355 mm
Enclosure material Machined Aluminum Chassis
Specifications
Supported Formats DSD (DSF, DFF), WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, M4A, APE
Sample rate 32-bit / 384kHz, 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64); 1-bit, 5.6MHz(DSD128), 11.2MHz (DSD256), 22.4MHz (DSD51
Built-in Memory 240GB NVMe
External memory 2.5” HDD or SSD x 1 (optional-user installed)
Display 3.0” AMOLED
Inputs/Outputs
Digital inputs 2 x USB 3.0
Digital outputs 1 x USB 2.0 (Audio Out)
Streaming
Streaming services Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify Connect, Internet Radio

N150

Simply Elegant. Bona Fide Aurender sound at a real-world price.

Minimalist High-Performance Digital Output Network Transport with dedicated USB Audio Output.

The N150 represents the entry-level point of Aurender’s range of music servers/ streamers. It delivers exceptional audio performance and is the perfect model to choose if, for example, you are upgrading from a laptop-based audio system. N150 is the latest iteration of the legendary N100H and incorporates several upgrades and improvements that bring it to a new level of audio performance and functionality. The heart of the N150 is the newly specified low-power Intel dual-core CPU providing low-noise processing for the desirable quiet background your music will emerge from. Also, contributing to lower noise operation is the new 2X isolated Gigabit LAN port and ultra-clean Audio Class 2.0 USB output. Additionally, a built-in super-capacitor based uninterrupted power supply (UPS) is there to safely boot-down the N150 in case of an abrupt power outage. Aurender also expanded the options for internal music library storage by providing a single user accessible HDD/SSD tray allowing for the drive type and capacity of your choice. And, if you’re streaming 100%, hard drives are totally unnecessary!

N150 is a compact component incorporating everything needed to browse and stream hi-res music from Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify or internet radio using Aurender’s dedicated application, Aurender Conductor. Should you wish to add digital files to the N150, there’s a provision to add a single 2TB or 4TB HDD or an 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB SSD in order to fully accommodate the size of your file library. And the N150 handles virtually any file format. From its “clean” Audio Class 2.0 USB output file resolutions supported include 32-bit / 384kHz, 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64); 1-bit, 5.6MHz (DSD128), 11.2MHz (DSD256) and DSD512. Updated and improved upon by virtue of an all-new dual-core processor, low-noise linear power supply and increased system memory brings higher fidelity to your digital files and streams. The beautifully machined aluminum chassis sports a 3.0” AMOLED display that indicates the album and song name in an alphanumeric readout.

All Aurender music servers are controlled by the exclusive app, Aurender Conductor which is supported on iPad, iPhone, Android phone and tablets. The N150, as is true will all Aurender models, benefits from being an inclusive design, meaning that all the necessary technology required for file serving or streaming music is incorporate within one audio component. This approach provides a high level of stability, reliability and predictability of operation which results in superior sound quality and user experience.

Smart Decision for the Sound Obsessed

N150 is the most accessible and economical entry point to the “Aurender Way” of enjoying music with a stable, reliable, great sounding digital source component. Although it was designed with affordability in mind, in true Aurender fashion, its audio performance decidedly belies its cost. The N150 is the source to choose when upgrading from a cd player, computer, or budget brand streamer to discover the world of true high end, high resolution playback.

Designed to be used exclusively with a USB DAC, the N150 incorporates our latest dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0 output and double isolated gigabit LAN port to lower both noise and jitter for the pristine reproduction of high-resolution files and streams. A high contrast 3″ AMOLED screen mounted on a compact and handsome machined aluminum chassis indicates “Now Playing” track info.

Performance and usability enhancing features include a linear power supply, low power/high-efficiency Intel CPU board, super capacitor-based UPS, and a user-installable storage tray for the SSD or HDD that suits your library storage needs.

N150 is the perfect choice for music lovers who care not for the large, full-color screen and SPDIF or AES/EBU outputs of models higher up in Aurender’s range. There is nothing “entry level” about N150, except for the price.

Innovative Technology

The N150 digital music player incorporate technology derived from Aurender’s best-in-class models. For example, the solid-state 240GB MVMe caching drive for playback eliminates latency and the potential of drop-outs often associated with using IT storage devices like NAS and USB drives for music playback. And Aurender dedicated high-performance Audio 2.0 USB digital audio output features ultra-low-noise power circuitry to deliver a pristine digital stream to the connected DAC. The N150 greatly benefits from “trickle down” technology from Aurender’s far more expensive models making them both deliver audio performance that belies its cost. Aurender’s unique adaptive storage system lets you decide the amount of storage necessary for your file library and the type of drive preferred, HDD or SSD. Either drive is user installed at purchase, any time thereafter or never if you stream 100% of the time.

The Aurender Conductor App Takes Control of  Your Music

The Aurender Conductor App turns your iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet into a highly versatile user interface for Aurender Music Servers making managing, viewing, playing and streaming high-resolution music collections a breeze. All permissions, behaviors and functions of the Aurender Music Server / Streamer can be easily accessed through the Settings menu of the Aurender Conductor App. Embedded within Conductor are the lossless streaming services Tidal and Qobuz (subscription required). Spotify Connect and internet radio are also available as alternative music sources. When using a streaming service, Aurender handles the streaming content the same way as files stored internally (Tidal and Qobuz only), so all functions and operations are the same with either library. In fact, it’s easy to combine streaming content into your library of files making all content appear to be one and the same.

USB HD 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 using AMM (Aurender Media Manager).

Dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0 Output with Noise-Free Power Circuitry

Dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0 output is designed to deliver an exceptionally transparent audio signal, free of noise and shielded from any outside electrical or RFI interference.

Gigabit Ethernet LAN Port for Network Connectivity

For network connectivity, streaming, upgrades and file transfers, the N150 has a Gigabit Ethernet Port along with two USB 2.0 data ports for copying files from a USB HDD or USB thumb drive.

Copying Content

Loading music into your Aurender is simple and easy. You can choose between two methods depending upon where your digital music library currently resides – direct from a USB storage device or over the network from a NAS.

MQA Core Decoder (optional in-app purchase)

Aurender’s MQA Core Decoder upgrade enables first unfold to play MQA files through a non-MQA certified DAC at up to 88.2kHz or 96kHz. The Core Decoder can also deliver the first unfold to MQA certified DACs requiring it so the DAC can perform the final rendering.

USB HD 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 using AMM (Aurender Media Manager).

Network Streaming with Solid-State Drive (SSD) Caching Playback

After a song or album is selected from the Aurender Conductor App, that specific music is cached to the 240GB SSD from the internal HDD and the N150 will then playback directly from the SSD. This minimizes wear and tear on the storage drive installed as after loading to the caching drive, the storage drive goes idle. Additionally, by caching songs to the SDD for playback, it eliminates any sound quality degradation and even drop outs due to a non-optimal network connection from for example, a NAS drive.

Linear Power Supply

A full-linear power supply provides clean and stable power to the CPU and audio output circuitry. Linear supplies are renowned for their ability to deliver a wide dynamic range capability, deep and powerful low frequency response and a wide and deep soundstage.

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