The N20 caching music server / streamer provides the fidelity, features and flexibility the digital audiophile will find attractive and meaningful. A significant advantage to the user is that the N20 is supplied without storage hard drives allowing you to customize storage to best meet your needs, budget and intend use. For example, some users are using streaming services 100%, therefore, no storage necessary (although a drive can be added later if they change their mind). Have a modestly sized music collection? Install one inexpensive 2TB HDD. Own a massive music library? Opt-in for an SSD of 4TB or 8TB, or add another because there’s a provision for two HDDs or SSDs. Fully loaded, the N20 is capable of accommodating an incredible 16TB of solid-state storage!
Within the Aurender range of models, the N20 truly represents the best cost / performance ratio in terms of audio performance, features and functionally. Many performance enhancing design techniques, circuit topologies and upgraded component parts have been employed to push its advancement of digital audio reproduction.
An Intel Quad Core CPU is used for support of the most demanding of all digital file codecs, Native DSD512. All less demanding file formats are also handled by this processor with exceptional ease and aplomb. Our latest generation SPDIF digital output suite employs transformer isolated grounding for the lowest possible noise floor and our USB Audio Class 2.0 output benefits from our latest jitter and noise reducing designs. A word clock input is available allowing for external work clocks to be connected, pushing our reference-class SPDIF digital output performance even higher! And, a double-isolated ethernet LAN port greatly reduces network / router noise thus lowering the overall system noise floor for a clearer and more pristine audio signal.
However, improvements are not limited to only the N20’s exceptional audio performance. The new, bold 8.8” full-color front panel display illustrates the album cover artwork as well as the album name and artist using a large alphanumeric readout. And practically speaking, an internal uninterrupted power supply (UPS) has the ability to perform safe shutdown under an abrupt power outage preventing system and/or disc corruption.
|Compatible Formats||Native DSD, DSD (DSF, DFF), WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, M4A, APE|
|Bit and Sample Rates||
SPDIF: Up to 24-bit, 768kHz (PCM)
|User Software||Aurender Conductor iPad and iPhone App (Available soon), Android Phone and Tablet|
|SSD Caching Drive/DRAM||1 x 500GB, M.2 MVME / DDR3 8GB|
|SPDIF Output Isolation||Isolated by separatetransformer core. Full-Linear power supply|
|DSD-to-PCM||Precision DSD-to-PCM conversion for SPDIF outputs|
|Dedicated USB Audio Output||Audio Class 2.0, Module-type|
|Digital Audio Outputs(1 each)||AES/EBU, Coaxial, BNC (75Ω), TOS-LINK, USB|
|Digital I/O||1 2X Isolated Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 2 x USB 3.0 data ports|
|Audio Clock||Oven-Controlled Crystal Oscillator (OCXO) jitter reducing clock|
|Internal UPS||Super Capacitor based uninterrupted power supply for safe shutdown|
|Word Clock Input||Input for interface with external word clocks|
|Content Storage||None. Two trays for 2.5” 15mm/7mm HDDs/SSDs. User installed|
|Dimensions||430 x 98 x 353 mm
16.9 x 3.9 x 13.9 in
|Power Consumption||Play (27W), Peak (37W), Standby (3.1W)|