Aurender N30SA High Definition Caching Music Server / Streamer

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Aurender N30SA High Definition Caching Music Server / Streamer

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Key info

  • With advanced clocking technology, the N30SA minimizes jitter and ensures accurate timing, resulting in clearer audio reproduction and improved sonic fidelity.
  • Navigate and control your music library with ease using the Aurender Conductor app, available for iOS and Android devices, or the convenient front-panel display and remote control, making it effortless to manage your listening experience.
  • Versatile streaming capabilities: support for Tidal, Qobuz, and Spotify connect.
  • Intel low power Quad-Core CPU with 8GB system memory.
  • Double-Isolated LAN port.

All specifications

Physical characteristics
Weight 22 kg
Dimensions (HxWxD) 430 x 96 x 355 mm
Enclosure material Machined Aluminum Chassis
Specifications
Operating system Aurender Conductor for iPad, Android Phone / Tablet
Built-in Memory 480GB SSD
External memory Slot for additional 2.5” drive
Display Full-Color 8.8” 1920 x 480 wide IPS LCD
Inputs/Outputs
Digital inputs 2 x USB 3.0, 1x WClOCK
Digital outputs 1x AES/EBU, 1x Coaxial, 1x BNC, 1x Optical
Streaming
Streaming services Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify Connect
Supported audio formats
Wired and wifi DSD (DSF, DFF), WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, M4A, APE

N30SA

The Statement Source for the finest HiFi systems.

State-Of-The-Art Dual-Chassis Digital Output Network Transport with USB, AES/EBU, Coaxial, BNC, Optical Outputs, and Word/Master Clock Input. 1 x 8TB SSD + User-Installable Expansion Port.

Inheriting Aurender’s unique next-generation family design identity, the N30SA High Definition Caching Music Server and Streamer is visually distinguished by both its dual-chassis form factor and wide-screen full-color LCD display first seen on the A30 and N20. At first glance, you immediately notice its substantial presence, elegance and grace – a visual metaphor of what to expect sonically. However, N30’s audiophile essence also lies within its inner beauty. N30SA takes its hardware and circuit topology innovations first explored on the N20 to its empirical conclusion. N30SA goes above and beyond the N20 in terms of noise and jitter reduction, increased dynamics and uncompromised purity of the audio signal.

Introduction to the Aurender N30SA

As mentioned, the N30SA consists of two separate chassis linked together by two cables. The power box houses all power supplies, display driver, HDD/SSD storage and all circuitry related to system control The audio box contains the display, SPDIF audio board with all digital output protocols and the OCXO clock. Both chassis are distinguished by their 10mm thick top covers which act as an effective EMF shield as well as having anti-resonance properties. In the audiophile world, two-chassis designs connote “ultra-high end” such as a separate CD transport / DAC or preamplifier with separate power supply. However, in the N30SA, this is not just a mere stylistic gesture as significant benefits in fidelity are realized with this configuration. For example, the power box can be located up to 1.5m away from the audio box greatly reducing the potential for spurious noise pollution cause by physical interaction. But more importantly, the AC powered linear power supply converts and delivers a clean DC power source from which the audio box is powered. This arrangement dramatically lowers the noise floor resulting to an uncannily quiet background from which music can emerge. Through segregation of the noise inducing componentry such as the AC socket, LCD display driver, AC to DC power rectifier, hard drive spindle noise and LAN port results in an unprecedented level of audio purity.

Separation of Music and Noise

The culmination of more than 10 years of research and product development has led Aurender to N30SA: the ultimate Digital Output Network Transport with the utmost in transparency, resolution, pace, rhythm, dynamics and revealing musical expression.

In digital audio rendering, there are two predominant forces which must be mitigated in order to provide a pristine musical presentation: Noise and Jitter. N30SA’s dual-chassis design physically and electrically isolates the sensitive audio outputs from the noise-generating components of the machine to deliver an uncanny kind of coherence and quiet. The kind of quiet that results in the listener’s ability to hear deep into the music and identify each individual instrument with unbridled dynamics, true-to-life timbre, deep bass extension and slam – even from the most complex musical passages.

As with N20 and W20SE, N30SA’s SPDIF and AES/EBU outputs are controlled by an ultra precise OCXO clock to minimize jitter and its harmful artifacts, therefore alleviating the harshness and incoherence that plagues some digital audio presentations. Add an external Master Clock connection like Aurender’s MC20 for the ultimate in atomic clock timing accuracy.

Physical Separation of Audio Circuitry and Power Supplies

In addition to removing AC power noise from the outside by converting it into a clean DC power, another major source of outside noise is from the ethernet cable. Like the AC/DC conversion the N30SA’s LAN ports have a similar behavior. LAN signals containing noise from the router are separated by galvanic isolation through a transformer and double-isolated LAN port, and then transmitted to the audio box through a dedicated data cable. Viewing the audio outputs, located on the rear panel there is one each AES/EBU, BNC, Coax, Tos-Link and Audio 2.0 USB. This audio signal processing unit outputs an extremely low noise audio signal made possible by a unique grounding technique, electrical isolation and operation by DC power supplied from the power supply unit. The resulting noise floor is nearly unmeasurable.

Additional Noise Suppression Methods Employed

A high-quality Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator (same as the one in W20SE) is used for the SPDIF outputs in the Aurender N30SA. Since only the parts directly related to audio playback are located together in one chassis, they can be totally isolated and free from noise generated from other than audio signal processing. That noise may occur inside the chassis and can be delt with through meticulous internal processing.

OCXO Main Clock

This input allows interface with an external word or master clock which are offered by several high-performance DAC manufacturers. Simply put, a word clock is a device that is given the job of keeping perfect time and preventing digital audio data errors when multiple components are used together. Using the 75 Ω BNC connector as a connection method, both master clock and word clock inputs are supported for various scalability options.

Word Clock Input

Aurender Conductor is an award-winning music management application that is at the heart of every Aurender music server / streamer. It provides quick access to your favorite files or steaming service and is intuitive, easy to use and simple to master. Conductor is supported on iPad, iPhone, Android Phones and Tablets. An Aurender music server is inclusive and designed in such a way so that both hardware and software work in harmony. This integration ensures better sound quality, reliability, stability and predictability of operation. It also allows Aurender to provide an unprecedented level of customer support via app-based remote support login.

Two-Chassis Design

N30SA takes physical and electrical noise isolation to unprecedented extremes. By isolating the sensitive audio outputs from the noise generating pieces of the component, N30SA achieves a noise floor so low that nothing competes with the music.

Linear Power Supply with Integrated UPS

N30SA’s unique hybrid power supply delivers a pure DC current to flawlessly power the digital audio output board, while a separate linear power supply chain feeds clean power to the non-audio adjacent components of the machine. N30SA redefines what’s possible in terms of the profound musical engagement extracted from files and streams.

8.8″ Front Panel Display

An impressive 8.8” full-color IPS LCD display reproduces the album art, artist name and song title in utter elegance.

Discrete Power and Data Umbilical Connections

A pair of bespoke cables for connecting the two chassis are included in 0.5m and 1.5m lengths. One cable supplies power to the audio box, and a separate cable carries audio data. This connectivity scheme allows for further physical separation and noise suppression between the audio outputs and the rest of the component.

PCM Upsampling

N30SA is capable of upsampling any lower resolution content up to 176.4/192kHz for better performance with some DACs. Upsampling effects only the system’s SPDIF digital outputs. USB is always bit-perfect with no digital signal processing.

8TB SSD Storage + Expansion Port

An 8TB SSD is internally fitted, with a second disk tray for storage expansion, if needed.

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