Melco Range Overview
Daniel Raggett - Melco Europe General Manager
The Melco product range has grown and evolved over the past seven years, so I thought it would be useful to provide an overview of the products we have today, and how we got there.
Melco first emerged with two products: the N1A/H40 (43cm wide) and the N1Z/H40 (35cm wide). These were both HDD-based UPnP servers with 4 TB hard drives (2 x 2 TB HDD) and both featured a key unique feature, two Ethernet ports: one for the signal from the router to the music library and another from the music library to the renderer/streamer (to make a direct signal from the music library to the renderer).
Melco then added the N1Z/S10 (35 cm wide) flagship and the only SSD model in the range (2x 0.5 TB SSD). All the models were made up of 2 x equivalent HDD or SSD drives and involved a Raid system and controller. They all had multiple USB ports to attach a backup drive, expansion drive, optical drive and/or USB DAC; this was the MkI journey for Melco.
Today, Melco still has the same models in production, but in MkII guise; these have been available for about three-and-a-half years. The MkII models have different-sized HDD and SSD drives, a dedicated USB output for a USB DAC, improved power supplies, improved capacitors and more mechanical and electrical isolation engineered into them.
About three years ago, Melco added two accessory products to the range in half-width chassis configurations, the D100 (high-performance optical drive) and the E100 (3 TB HDD expansion drive). Both are built in the same quality aluminium material as the music libraries.
With the introduction of these half-width accessories, two years ago, Melco launched two half-width music libraries: the N100 (the new entry-level 2 TB HDD, 21.5 cm-wide) and the impressive N10 (3 TB, separate linear power supply, 21.5cm wide) music library. This brought a great new option to customers who were either downsizing their systems or were space-limited.
The last product to join the line-up was the S100 audiophile switch. Again, built in the same solid aluminium casework of the N100, D100 and E100, the S100 has brought a greater amount of detail, musicality and reduced noise to many customers’ systems since launch. Melco works fantastically well and perfectly complements many top brands, including Linn, Naim, Chord Electronics, T+A and many more, but the 100 switch has proved even more universal.
Today’s Melco range
N100-H20 – Entry-level 2 TB HDD music library. Three USB ports, two Ethernet ports, supplied with a 12 V DC off-board power supply.
N1A/2EX-H60 – Full-sized, 6 TB 3.5-inch HDD, five USB Ports including a dedicated Neutrik DAC port, 2 Ethernet ports, single high-quality military grade AC power supply (internal), single high-quality capacitor bank.
N1Z/2EX-H60 – 35 cm-wide (Linn-sized), 6 TB 2.5-inch HDD, four USB ports including a dedicated Neutrik DAC port, two Ethernet ports, dual high-quality military grade AC power supply (internal), dual high-quality capacitor bank, high-quality mechanical and electrical isolation.
N10-H30 – half-width 21.5 cm two-box unit. A ‘head’ unit with and OLED and separate linear power supply. Connected with specialist Neutrik three-pin connectors, 3 TB 2.5-inch HDD, three USB ports, 2 Ethernet ports.
N10-H30 half-width 21.5cm two-box unit
N1Z/2EX-S40 – 35 cm-wide (Linn-sized), 4 TB 2.5-inch SSD, four USB Ports including a dedicated Neutrik DAC port, two Ethernet ports, dual high-quality military grade AC power supply (internal), dual high-quality capacitor bank, high-quality mechanical and electrical isolation.
All products are available in silver and black brushed aluminium finish.