Aurender back at CS!

Written by on 01/15/2019 in Latest Auditions, New Product at CS - No comments

Its been a few years since we last had an Aurender in the house and perhaps for good reason or perhaps prematurely so… The original S10 although having sounded absolutely superb required all it’s files be ripped to AIFF which at the time was somewhat unknown compared to .wav and the ever increasingly popular flac files. I had so much re-ripping to do back then and came time to try other music server devices it somehow seemed those were not akin to AIFFs!

Be that as it may, it was with much excitement that I learnt of the new range of Aurenders and their much improved range of file acceptances. Our new N100C can play just about anything we can load it with and this is cause for celebration in its own right.

Aurender sound is legendary and back then some of us felt there could be the possibility of custom DSP going on. I’m glad to have found the little N100C sounding similar to my refreshed memory of the old S10. Just last week I visited a client whom have purchased one of my S10’s back in what must be 2012 or so. A few tracks into our listening session quickly reminded me why I liked this product’s sound so much.

The N100C is now fitted with a 4TB hard drive, four times the capacity of that of the old S10. It’s big enough to swallow just about my entire Music NAS’ contents. Having the files on-aboard allows the Aurender to display metadata and cover art in it’s dedicated “Conductor” controller app for iPad. Great to note an IOS10 iPad is not a requirement although the app does function smoother when the library is substantial.

Tidal integration as well as full MQA support is now parr for the course with the new Aurenders. Tidal metadata and cover art is displayed as seamless and visually inspiring as the carefully selected folder images many of us prefer to dress our album art up with.

Interesting to note about sound quality is that my N100C sounds as good through its USB output as it does through the S/Pdif output, cable dependent or course. I do not have a Skogrand digital RCA to to BNC on hand to feed into the Jeff Rowland Aeris DAC, so I’m using an old but viable cable sold under the Audio Research Corporation brand name from the early 90’s. Compared to the Skogrand Grieg USB the ARC connection is not as coherent and naturally flowing as the USB. Down grading to a R2000 USB cable from a reputable manufacturer leveled the playing field. Nice to know since there are so many USB DACs already in the market.

Unless Roon capability is your forte, the Aurender may well be the perfect choice for those people looking for the convenience of a music server matched to the sound of a traditional high-end CD transport. Feel free to book an appointment to come see and hear the new Aurender N100C in action!

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