Melco promises many upgrades in the new music server, including a new, thicker aluminum chassis with a 3-mm stainless steel base plate to reduce vibrations. An OLED display sits on the front of the N1-S38, as well as illuminated buttons for easy control of the device. The power supply of the new server is also said to have been improved.
Furthermore, Melco states that the new flagship carries a new mainboard and improved electronics, among other things. For storing music, the server has an SSD with a storage capacity of 3.84 TB, which is mounted in a special suspension, and is said to be specially adapted for audio.
The new Melco N1-S38 carries four USB ports on its back, for connection to a DAC, import, backup and expansion. The Amphenol USB ports have been die-cast for sound improvement. The LAN input, as well as the RJ45 port that allows the server to be connected directly to a streamer, is from Neutrik and also said to improve performance. Additionally, the N1-S38 features an input for an external clock, an SFP port, and another USB port on the front.
The new Melco N1-S38 music server and streamer is said to be available now* at a price of €14,000* in black or silver.
*Availability and price for Germany.