A solid-state drive cache for playback, a low noise linear power supply for audio circuits, fan-less design and extensive shielding using thick aluminum partitions also minimize and eliminate the many types of jitter and noise. All settings and functions of the Aurender Music Player can be easily accessed through the Settings menu, and the Aurender App comes with extensive features to make managing, viewing and playing high resolution music collections a breeze. If a selected song or album is already cached to the solid-state drive, the hard drive will remain asleep. This minimizes wear and tear on the hard drive. By caching songs to the solid-state drive for playback, jitter and noise resulting from spinning disks, moving heads and motors are also completely eliminated.
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The N10 is a good-looking, solidly finished piece of kit. Looking first at the hardware, three 2x9V, 25VA toroidal transformers behind the front panel form the basis of a hefty power supply.
These drives, too, are mounted behind the front panel, in a small card frame. Playing cached files from the SSD also eliminates electrical and acoustic noise from spinning disks and moving heads. The circuitry is carried on a large, multilayer printed-circuit board, with a hefty heatsink over the microprocessor and the digital-audio-handling section shielded within a machined-aluminum subenclosure.
Removing the engraved cover from the subenclosure reveals a neat layout, with a large can in the center marked "OCXO The Xilinx is a Spartan Field Programmable Gate Array FPGA that Aurender uses to implement a digital phase-locked loop system that they say "precisely times the digital data transmission, reducing jitter to near immeasurable levels.
As soon as I ran the app, it found the N10 and asked if I wanted to connect to it. Indeed I did! While I was doing this, the N10 was scanning and organizing the files it found in its storage and preparing them for playback. Playing music with the N10 is a simple matter of selecting an album or individual songs, and adding them to a playlist in a window on the left of the screen with the transport controls at the top see second screenshot. When you click on an album or artist and touch "Add all songs," a button with a stylized "W" appears at the bottom left of the submenu.
Clicking on that brings up a browser window with the appropriate entry from Wikipedia, and while this is not as extensive as the AllMusic Guide information accessible with the iPeng app used with the Antipodes server, it serves its purpose.
Why move a step further away from the original format? A shout-out to Jon Iverson for turning me on to this idiosyncratic singer in his January review of the Apogee Groove headphone amplifier. Using all of her four-octave range, Rhodes has laid down multiple vocal lines over a haunting, chugging, gamelan-esque instrumental backing. I heard no meaningful differences.
This server is a keeper. Highly recommended.
But the latest component to take its place on my Townshend Seismic Stand has shaken the order of things to no small degree. Most of the alternatives in this field from Linn, Naim, Olive et al are multifunctional in that they are streaming clients that access music files from a remote drive or have built in ripping capability such as the Naim HDX, they also usually have access to net radio and music services. What makes the S10 interesting is both this dedication of purpose and the shear seriousness with which the company has approached the issue of clock induced jitter. The Aurender does not work entirely alone, it needs a wired network connection so that it can be controlled with an iPad and so that you can load music onto it from a computer.
The N10 is a good-looking, solidly finished piece of kit. Looking first at the hardware, three 2x9V, 25VA toroidal transformers behind the front panel form the basis of a hefty power supply. These drives, too, are mounted behind the front panel, in a small card frame. Playing cached files from the SSD also eliminates electrical and acoustic noise from spinning disks and moving heads.