The German sales department of the digital audio specialist Aurender announces a new addition: With the Aurender N200, the South Koreans are launching another streaming bridge / server combination. There is no D / A converter on board, the signal is only output digitally. This is done via a specially shielded USB or S / PDIF output (Cinch), both of which benefit from a very low-noise power supply and are intended to provide the connected DAC with a “flawless digital signal”.
Aurender N200 – construction & technology
On the back of the Aurender N200 we also find two USB sockets for connecting mass storage devices, a double-shielded RJ45 interface for making contact with the home network / Internet – as well as two 2.5-inch slots into which either HDD or SSD Hard drives can be installed. Whether and if so how much music should be stored in the N200 itself is up to the customer – the maximum capacity is 2 x 8 TB.
In addition to the power supply built with two transformers, the Aurender N200 includes 8 GB of memory for the system and a 240 GB SSD, which is primarily responsible for caching the music stream.
A temperature-compensated quartz (TCXO) was installed as the main clock, and an Intel quad-core processor serves as the low-power CPU. The outside of the 9 kilogram, 33 x 9.6 x 35.5 centimeters (WxHxD) streamer / server is an aluminum case that is available in silver or black. The eye-catcher on the front is the 17.5 centimeter wide color display.
A (rudimentary) control on the device is possible, but the Aurender N200 is conveniently operated via the proprietary “Conductor” app, which is available for iPad and Android phones and tablets. The N200 is MQA-capable, supports all common formats and accepts data rates up to 32 bit / 384 kHz (PCM) and DSD512.
Price Aurender N200: 6,290 euros (without hard drives)