The N20 caching music server / streamer provides the fidelity, features and flexibility the digital audiophile will find attractive and meaningful. A significant advantage is that the N20 contains two empty storage bays. This allows you to customize storage to best meet your budget and intended use. For example, these days many music lovers listen exclusively to streaming content. Therefore, no internal storage is necessary (although it can be easily added at any time if desired). Have a modestly sized music collection? Install an inexpensive 2TB HDD. Own a massive music library? Opt-in for 2 SSDs or HDDs. Fully loaded, the N20 is capable of accommodating an incredible 16TB of solid-state storage!
Within the Aurender range of models, the N20 truly represents the best cost / performance ratio in terms of audio performance, features and functionally. Many performance enhancing design techniques, circuit topologies and upgraded component parts have been employed to push its advancement of digital audio reproduction.
An Intel Quad Core CPU is used to support the most demanding digital file codecs including Native DSD512 transmission. All file types and formats are handled by this processor with exceptional ease and aplomb. Our latest generation SPDIF digital output suite employs transformer isolated grounding for the lowest possible noise floor, and our USB Audio Class 2.0 output benefits from our latest jitter and noise reducing designs. A word clock input is included as well. This allows for an external word clock to be connected, pushing our reference-class SPDIF digital output performance even higher! And, a double-isolated Ethernet LAN port significantly reduces network / router noise, lowering the overall system noise floor for a clearer and more pristine audio signal.
However, improvements are not limited only to the N20’s exceptional audio performance. The new, bold 8.8” full-color front panel display illustrates the album cover artwork as well as the album name and artist using a large and vibrant readout. And, practically speaking, an internal uninterrupted power supply (UPS) has the ability to perform safe shutdown under an abrupt power outage preventing system and/or disc corruption.