Edition 4 - December 2019
Welcome to the fourth edition of Sound Matters, Melco Audio’s newsletter which is designed to keep you updated on Melco news and industry insights.
Melco offers the world's first audiophile-grade source components to access, store, deliver and play Hi-Res digital music without the use of computer hardware and peripherals. Our uncompromising digital music libraries are the talk of industry awards and are regularly used by leading audio manufacturers to showcase their devices.
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Happy reading and enjoy the music!
Wishing you all the best for the festive season and a Happy New Year 2020!
Melco Europe General Manager
New products from Melco:
EX Series and S100 data switch
Excitingly, December sees the introduction of two new products to the Melco portfolio: the EX Series and the S100 data switch.
There are new EX Series versions of all Melco music libraries and all incorporate our new Melco Intelligent Music Library technology – MIML.
Conventional UPnP solutions are severely limited in browse and search capabilities, whereas MIML allows for browse or search by ANY tag in ANY order – which is simply not possible with UPnP. MIML installs MinimServer 2 into the Melco, along with SongKong which ensures that the most accurate, consistent and most detailed metadata is available.
Browse ‘trees’ for rock really should be different to jazz and classical: rock does not need conductor or composer, while classical does not need bpm, for example.
Selectable from the Melco front panel, it is simple to select browse trees for classical, rock and pop, jazz and as a simple default for casual listening. These profiles greatly assist finding music in your library.
Additionally, as most classical releases contain multiple works of one or more albums, Melco browses for work rather than complete albums, although at any stage a complete album can be played.
The EX Series software is available on all Melco N1, N10 and N100 supplied from December 2019. There is an upgrade program for existing N1 units, so please discuss this with your dealer.
Existing N10 and N100 models will simply update to full EX functionality with an over-the-air V4.10 firmware update, which is the next big firmware update due mid-December.
For more information about the EX Series, please visit this LINK
S100 audiophile data switch
It is not possible to rely on standard data switches to optimise audio sound quality: the ISP-provided switches on the router are optimised for video streaming and normal data switches do not prioritise audio packets.
The new Melco S100 is like two switches in one: there are four audio-optimised 100M ports where sound quality is better than 1G ports. There are four 1G ports as well – one of these is audio-optimised for Roon Core (Roon Core hits system sound quality hard due to heavy network traffic – the S100 minimises this problem).
There are two AFDP fibre ports, also audio-optimised and lots of details like a simple switch to kill port traffic lights and improve sound quality.
While the obvious role of the S100 is for audio systems which do not already have a Melco, it is easy to demonstrate the sound quality benefits in a Melco system as well.
For more information, please visit this LINK or talk to your dealer.
Meet the Melco Master Dealer
In each edition of Sound Matters, we’ll be focussing on one of our Melco Master Dealers. Melco has a training programme dedicated to creating a network of skilled Master Dealers who have been assessed in respect to Melco features, installation and support, as well as advanced Hi-Res audio techniques and network infrastructure for hi-fi devices.
Which brands do you sell?
We sell systems that bring music to life! The equipment is just a vehicle for making this happen, but we find that some manufacturers just get it right: Melco, Naim Audio, Linn, Anthem, Focal and Dali are just a few.
Why do you do what you do?
HiFi Cinema was born out of a passion for listening to music. We were already enthusiasts with a keen interest in many of the products we now sell. As customers, we were disappointed in the level of service we were getting from the then current dealers around, so we decided to do it better.
With an engineering background and an existing ISO9001 Quality system in place, we applied these service levels to our new business – that was 15 years ago now.
What do you enjoy about Melco?
We love Melco because it fundamentally changes the whole listening experience for something so much better. The musical presentation, sense of involvement and the removal of digital clutter and harshness are just a few significant improvements to any streamer. In a complex world of digital music acquisition, storage and delivery, Melco provides a second-to-none support service making it a simple and effective device for bringing together all your music.
Do you have a recent customer success story?
There are many customer success stories, but a notable one (who prefers to remain anonymous) started with one 40th-Anniversary N1Z in his high-end Naim system, with a Linn Klimax DS music streamer.
With some major house moves and renovations, he now has two Melco servers in different properties. The main house has an industrial scale network with five main managed switch nodes (typically 54 ports), an enterprise-grade router and 26 zones of Linn multi-room music, alongside a Naim Statement system with ND555 streamer. Everything works seamlessly and any zone can access the Melco server. The main Naim / Melco system is the best we’ve ever heard!