Etter flere år med egne filtrerte porter for streamere implementert i serverne sine, var det ingen overraskelse at Melco endelig tok steget ut og laget sin egen dedikerte audiofile nettverksswitch.

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Digital Music relies on perfectly timed data in a
low noise environment to achieve maximum performance.
The limitation to the ultimate sound quality of digital music on an
Ethernet network is the network itself and the components used.
IT components are low cost commodity items and are effective for PC data
and gaming etc. But they are simply inadequate for high quality digital music.
One critical component is all digital music systems is the dataswitch which
handles both the music data and control.
The Melco S100 is designed and configured as an audiophile component
without any IT compromises..

The Melco S100 is quite an unusual
architecture compared to an IT dataswitch.
There are four 100Mb RJ45 ports – these
provide the best audio quality.
There are four 1Gb ports – these are
ideal for PC connectivity, and are ideal for
the Roon Core processor which generates
high traffic flow.
Two additional SFP ports allow for
connection of optical fibre for components
such as Lumin that support it.
Key to creating a stable and resilient data
stream for extreme Hi-Res streaming is
the Packet Buffer and S100 has 1.5MB of
buffer capability to deal with erratic external
Audiophile techniques are used in the
power supply implementation with a bank
of audio-grade capacitors to ensure the
lowest noise environment.
Mechanical stability contributes to
system performance and the S100 is built
on a rigid steel chassis with total screening
provided by the totally metal enclosure
which matches Melco Audiophile NAS
Power supplies are external to the S100
giving good isolation and allowing for future
upgrade to external linear power supplies.
Network Digital Music Players – Streamers.
The Ethernet network is the signal
connectivity to every network Player or
Streamer from the data-store or NAS.
Similarly Streaming Services such as
TIDAL and Qobuz originate in remote servers
and connect to the network Player through
the dataswitch.
Any damage to packet data, timing, packet
order, noise, or intrusive data, damages the
overall musical performance.
IT switches are optimised for speed and
throughput – not data integrity.
Melco S100, using the 100Mb ports achieves
the best possible performance from every
brand of network Player or Streamer
regardless of the source

Computer Audio
Computers used for playing Audio all
connect to the network for access to servers
or streaming services.
This connectivity is not optimised for
sound quality and Melco S100 removes this
restriction to performance allowing the full
benefit of optimised player software and
other tweaks to be enjoyed.
Roon systems have both music storage and
the Roon Core connected to the network
which can generate a lot of traffic.
The Melco S100 has both ports optimised for
sound quality, as well as ports optimised for
both sound quality and throughput.
This creates an ideal Roon infrastructure
without any compromise.
Lumin high performance network
players offer the opportunity to isolate the
player from the network using fibre Optic
SFP connectors.
Melco S100 is equipped as standard with
two SFP/LC connectors to allow the full
befits to be enjoyed
Melco N1, N10 and N100
Melco owners have long realised the
benefits of using Melco NAS without any
network connection at all – but this is often
not practical.
Now with the S100 all Melco users can
enjoy the benefits of a permanent network
connection – access to streaming services,
internet radio and other networked sources -
without any sound quality compromises

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Melco S100 Specification
Ports 4 x 100Mb/E RJ45
4 x 1000Mb/E RJ45
2 x Fibre SFP/LC
Power 12V 1 amp 5.7mm coax
Size 215 x 61 x 269mm (W H L)
Weight 2.5kG

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