I ran a Aurender N100h with a Wyred4Sound DAC-2 DSD with excellent results, however I went back to my Sony HAP-Z1ES Music Server because I liked it better.
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I have the Aurender N10 and the N100H. I've been delighted by both -- for sound quality and for user interface -- so that's my bias.
So I'd guess the A10 is great too. I believe it has a more sophisticated power supply than the N100H, too. However, I wonder about getting locked into a specific DAC, when that whole area seems to be evolving all the time.
Yes, you can use the A10 just as a server and bypass its internal DAC. But your original idea of the N100H and your own evolving choice of external DAC might work better.
I listened to every demo of the Aurender A10 at the 2016 Rocky Mtn Audio Festival (three different setups). I really wanted to buy it before I attended the event, thinking it would simplify my system. I came away from the auditions believing that an N100H with a very good DAC would be better for my needs and would sound better. In other words, I ended being underwhelmed by the DAC section of the A10. I have since purchased the N100H and kept my current DAC (which I plan to upgrade in the next year or two after MQA has settled out).
PS: the N10 was definitely better sounding, but of course several thousands of dollars more.