@rshad0000, You should also look at the Aurender N30 Music Server. My ’unofficial’ best guess is maybe late 2021 (??) with a $18,000 list price.
As per the above post "Based on the Owner’s Manual photos, it looks like the power supply, SSD or HDD storage and readout screen are in the top chassis and the clocking and digital output modules are in the bottom chassis. I would surmise that this combination results in maximum noise reduction". All of the above needs to be confirmed.
On the other hand, based on my experience with the N20, it is strongly recommended. You should give it a listen. Thanks.
Thanks for sharing on the new N20. Without your thread, I'd of had no idea that there was a new player.
You may remember that you and I shared a number of conversations when I got my N10. The problem was that sometimes it sang, others it was nearly unlistenable. Long story short, it turned out that my 25mbs DSL connection was old and not always working well. Got that fixed, and sound was mostly the same - not a total fix. ATT has pulling fiber through the neighborhood and it finally became available. So I upgraded to 320 mbs fiber and the sound was not only a bit better, but stable all of the time. Finally, for whatever reason, ATT upgraded me to 1gbs at no charge. Sound get better again; even on my laptop running wirelessly in my office the music sounds better and the sound is now super stable.
FYI, do you have an upgraded internet switch? I purchased an Uptone Audio EtherREGEN the first of the year and it made a very considerable SQ difference. I also played around with a few Network cables and found that to be icing on the cake. I just added a Paul Hynes SR4T LPS and now it is just amazing what I'm hearing. Pretty magical for sure.
I have had the chance to interact with Harry? I believe his name is, a few times (2018-19). I remember telling him that customers would probably be willing to pay for a component that incorporated his 2X isolated lan port - I was thinking a second box that only did the isolation and maybe had a better power supply. It now looks like he has incorporated that into a few of his models. I'm not sure if what he is doing is similar to the switch/LPS I'm using, but they sure made a great difference for me.
I will be interested to hear what you are hearing N10 vs. N20 comparison. Hope you keep posting about it.
BTW, I've heard the A30 and it may be near to the old W20, but not even close to the W20SE from what I remember; SQ on the SE model is pretty amazing, but I guess it should be at $22k.
@pokey77, Hello, it is great to chat with you again.
My Aurender N10 Music Server cost $8,000 and was very good. The Aurender N20 Music Server costs $12,000 and is truly outstanding. As I noted in my above post, the music is clearer, the bass is better, has more air and it has more musical details. The overall musical presentation is much improved. Aurender says the N20 has “An All-Digital Phase-Locked Loop system (ADPLL) incorporating Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) with OCXO clocks precisely times digital audio data transmissions and minimizes jitter to below negligible levels. The results are sonically audible with better image focus, a wider, deeper, taller soundstage presentation and an uncanny analog-like organic quality”. The above is probably why it sounds so good to me. I suggest you give it a listen and decide for yourself. Based on my listening, I strongly recommend the Aurender N20 Music Server
I am not using an upgraded internet switch. I have had major Internet connectivity issues with my Linksys and Apple Routers. I finally purchased the Luxul Wireless Router Kit – EPIC 3 AC3100 Wireless Router and the XAP-1510 AC1900 Access Point. Everything is working fine AFTER my ISP made some further adjustments (adjusted the Internet signal strength (VERY IMPORTANT), replaced my outside junction box, replaced all my inside cables and tuned their outside signal boosting amplifier.
Successful Tidal and QoBuz Streaming REQUIRES all your devices that connect to the Internet to be working perfectly. This includes the router, switch boxes, modems and the ISP connection (junction boxes, amplifiers, etc.). It seems, unfortunately, I have had issues with most everything down stream.
I suggest you review these many components to ensure they are working okay. And, yes, most likely, you will need to contact your ISP to ensure the cable speed is okay, the cable signal strength is within its required range, etc. My ISP, Wave Broadband, was very helpful ensuring the service was working for me. This is not simple project and requires time and lots of patience to get it working correctly.
Any questions, please ask. Thanks.