Melco N10/2 flagship music library: two case in SSD and HDD versions

With the release of the Melco N10/2 music library, two flagship models were replaced at once. In the version with a 5TB hard drive (marked as N10/2-H50), the novelty will replace the original N10, and with a 3.84TB solid-state drive (N10/2-S38) – N1Z/2EX.

Melco N10/2

Hand-picked drives for optimum audio performance

According to Melco, the discs (drives) for the new devices are hand-picked for optimal sound quality. The Melco N10/2 features a circuit board first seen in the N10 45th Anniversary Limited Edition.

Low-noise linear power supply

The Melco N10/2 continues to be housed in two half-width (215mm) enclosures, one of which is a low-noise linear power supply based on a full-weight toroidal transformer. Thus, sensitive electronics are separated from unnecessary noise and interference. The company tends to avoid standard computer components in its models – especially in products of class N10/2.

The rear panel of the Melco N10/2 has not one, but two Ethernet ports: LAN and PLAYER. The purpose of the first is clear from the name, and the second will allow you to connect directly to network streamers – without an intermediate switch. This will provide improved timing accuracy. A couple of USB ports are needed for connecting external DACs and USB drives – the Melco E100 is recommended. Naturally, data backup is supported.

Intelligent Music Library software

Melco N10/2

The system is controlled by the proprietary Intelligent Music Library software package, including MinimServer and SongKong software. On the other hand, Melco N10/2 has Roon Ready status and DLNA/UPnP compatibility. Ready for Tidal, Qobuz (Qobuz Downloader) and vTuner HighResAudio(dot)com, all powered by the Melco Music HD app.

Signal resolution can reach 32bit/384kHz and Octo DSD. In addition to front-panel control, the full range of N10/2 library functions are accessible from the smartphone screen.

Availability and price

In the UK, the Melco N10/2 music library N10/2-H50 is already available for £6,999 and the N10/2-S38 is £8,999.

Melco N10/2 Specifications

Music storage
N10/2-H50 1 x 2.5 inch selected HDD 5TB on Melco HS-S2 isolation platform

N10/2-S38 1 x 3.84TB selected SSD on Melco HS-S2 isolation platform

Network connectivity
LAN Port-Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-T),
PLAYER port,
Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-T),
DHCP server in isolated mode

USB connectivity
USB2.0 Front panel x 1
USB2.0 Rear panel x 2
Assignable as DAC, backup, import, expansion

USB Player sample rate support
16-32 bit (PCM) to 384kHz:- auto downsample to suit connected DAC.
Gapless PCM supported.
1 bit (DSD) to 11.3MHz Quad DSD.
Markerless DSD supported.
DSD to 32bit PCM conversion selectable.
Gapless DSD supported.
OLED displays player sample rate.

Power supply
Pre-set 220-240V AC or 110-120V AC dependant on market.
Low-noise, linear power supply

Size 215 x 61 x 269mm (W H L)
Weight head unit Approx 3.5kg
Weight power supply Approx 5.0kg