Melco anniversary edition N10 library announced

Melco goes for gold

by Andy Bassett
Hi-Fi News

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Melco anniversary edition N10 library announced

Celebrating its 45th birthday, Melco wraps its N10 library in champagne gold as a celebratory gift in a limited run.

To mark 45 years of Hi-Fi design and manufacturing, Japanese digital music library specialist, Melco, has launched the N10 45th Anniversary Limited Edition, a special version of its flagship half-width library.

Limited to just 50 units, the N10 45th Anniversary Limited Edition will come in an exclusive presentation box containing an official Melco certificate, pen, chopsticks, coaster, notepad and USB drive. This special edition N10 is only available in Europe and will be notable for its champagne gold finish and capacity upgrade, from 3 TB to a 5 TB HDD. 

It also benefits from all the recently introduced EX Series upgrades, including the introduction of a powerful software suite, Melco Intelligent Music Library (MIML), plus vTuner Internet radio and web control (from internet-connected devices). Roon compatibility is available via a USB download too.

Melco anniversary edition N10 library announced

Like the normal half-width N10, the 45th Anniversary Edition has been designed to offer even better audio performance and comes in twin units - a head unit, with all the processing electronics and the data connectivity, plus a power unit, containing a low-noise linear power supply and power management. This separation into two 215mm wide, solid aluminium housings allows isolation from noise pollution, as well as isolating vibration from the power transformer. Connectivity between the power unit and the head unit is by a flexible cord with Neutrik multi-pin connectors. The casework matches Melco’s D100 CD loader, E100 Expansion drive and the recently introduced S100 data switch for a uniform look and feel across the devices.

With no standard IT components or PC parts, the N10 hardware has been designed and optimised from the ground up as an audio-specific device. It uses a new low-profile mainboard with the same RISC processor and architecture as the N1Z series, ensuring very low noise and precise data management.

Connections include twin Ethernet ports and USB slots and the N10 will operate with both USB DACs and Ethernet-connected players, even without connection to a data network in standalone Isolated Mode. 

The internal storage of 5TB can be upgraded via external USB hard drives and data rates up to 32-bit/384 kHz and Octo DSD are supported, as well as gapless and markerless DSD. 

Melco anniversary edition N10 library announced

Importing CDs is possible by connecting an external drive - the Melco D100 external CD loader is an option here - and direct download of Hi-Res files from HighresAudio.com and other vendors is supported. Once all your music is collated, backing up is as easy as plugging in a USB HDD and pressing a single button. 

A number of control option are available including the Melco app, directly from the front panel or from an approved third-party RF Remote handset

Melco’s General Manager Dan Raggett said of the celebratory edition, “It brings back the nostalgia of ‘70s Japanese hi-fi with its colour and looks. With great aesthetics combined with fantastic sound quality, the N10 45th Anniversary Limited Edition really is a stand out product. The team in Japan have worked really hard to realise this product in what has been a truly challenging year. Those 50 music lovers lucky enough to get their hands on one, will own a lovely piece of Melco history.”

The N10 45th Anniversary Limited Edition £7,499 (available in Europe only) now.

Source: Press release
Image Source: Melco

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