Aurender has announced the N20 network player, which will take second place in the corporate “table of ranks”, behind the W20SE model. The novelty is the result of a rethinking of the N10 player. The power module is now an isolated ground bus circuit with transformers replaced and audiophile-grade capacitors with increased capacity.
The supercapacitor unit made it possible to implement the functions of an uninterruptible power supply, which will correctly shut down the system in the event of a sudden power outage. This feature has already been implemented in the A30, ACS10 and ACS100 models. It will protect the built-in drives in the event of an emergency power outage.
The Aurender N20 comes in two configurations with a 4TB or 8TB hard drive. In addition, the system has 8 GB of RAM and SSD cache, increased to 500 GB and accelerated by using the M2 NVME interface instead of the usual SATA. According to the developers, this will ensure smooth playback of DSD512 content and high-bitrate PCM. Jitter was minimized by using OCXO clock generators.
They are complemented by the ability to synchronize from an external clock. The system features a new generation USB Audio Class 2.0 output with minimal latency and jitter suppression. The Ethernet port is equipped with double galvanic isolation, and the SPDIF outputs are also transformer-isolated. This is to reduce noise on digital connections.
The body of the N20 has become taller, on the front panel there is a color display with a diagonal of 8.8 inches with a resolution of 1980×480 – the same as that of the A30. The novelty will be released in two colors: black and silver. The appearance of the Aurender N20 is scheduled for November, the estimated retail price will start at 14800$ and depend on the modification.