December 22nd, 2019
Introduction to the N100SC
With high-resolution streaming gaining market acceptance as the predominant source of music among some audiophiles, the need for HDD storage for these users is somewhat diminished. In response to this trend, Aurender developed a solution that satisfies both the file collector and the streaming enthusiasts needs - optional storage.
The N100SC, and its companion the ACS100, are the first Aurender music server/ streamers to offer user installable storage via a rear panel drawer that can accommodate one 2.5" HDD or a SSD SATA drive. Installation is a snap thanks to the pressure-fit system (no screws) and SATA docking connector. Simply choose a 2.5" HDD up to 7mm in height or an SSD, currently available up to 4TB and fit to the unit.
Since the N100SC ships without storage it's perfect for the streaming-centric user as is. For the file collector, just choose the desired storage capacity and hard drive technology preferred and install. The N100SC is a model derived from the N100C and shares all of its same features, functions with the exception of optional storage. Audio performance of the N100SC is also identical in every way to the N100C.
For WiFi network connectivity, streaming, upgrades and file transfers the N100SC has a Gigabit Ethernet Port along with two USB 2.0 data ports for copying files from a USB HDD or USB thumb drive.
Loading music into your Aurender is simple and easy. You can choose between two simple methods depending upon where you digital music library currently resides – direct from a USB storage device or over the network from a NAS.
The Aurender Conductor App turns your iPad, 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 ConductorApp.
Embedded within the Aurender App are the lossless streaming services Tidal and Qobuz (subscription required). When using a streaming service, Aurender handles the streaming content the same way as files stored internally, 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.
Aurender’s optional 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 Decode upgrade can also deliver the first unfold to MQA certified DACs requiring it so the DAC can perform the final rendering.
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).
The N100SC includes a larger 240GB caching drive so this functionality is available if a HDD or SSD is installed.
Our 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.
SPDIF audio outputs differ from asynchronous (USB) outputs in that the clocking is done from within the server as opposed to the DAC. Which is best? One must try that in the context of your system to know. However, there many very good performing legacy DACs manufactured before USB existed and here the SPDIF RCA Coax may be you’re only connectivity option.
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.
In the unlikely event you may need technical support, you can do so right from the Aurender Conductor App. Sending a Remote Support Request from our app allows engineers to quickly diagnose and correct problems over the Internet, should they occur.
|Width||Half Size (215 mm / 8.46 in)|
|Height||45 mm / 1.77 in|
|Length||355 mm / 14.0 in|
|Weight||4.6 kg / 10.14 lb|
|SSD for System and Cache||240GB|
|Music Storage||Storage optional|
|Digital Audio Output||USB and SPDIF on RCA Coax|
|Other I/O||Gigabit Ethernet, USB Port x 2|
|Power Consumption||16.5 W (Playback), 20W (Peak), 0.7 W (Standby)|
|Software||Aurender Conductor for iPad, Android Phone or Tablet|
|Finish||Silver or Black|