The Aurender N150 High-Performance Digital Output Music Server/Streamer can change the way you listen to your favorite music. It delivers exceptional audio performance and is the ideal model if, for example, you are upgrading from a laptop-based audio system. N150 is the latest iteration of the legendary Aurender N100H, and it incorporates several upgrades and improvements that bring it to a new level of audio performance and functionality. The heart of the N150 is the new Intel dual-core CPU, providing low-noise processing for the desirable quiet background your music will emerge from. Also contributing to lower noise operation is the new 2X isolated gigabit LAN port and ultra-clean Audio Class 2.0 USB output.
Additionally, a built-in super-capacitor-based uninterrupted power supply (UPS) is there to safely boot-down the N150 in case of an abrupt power outage. Aurender also expanded the options for internal music library storage by providing a single user-accessible HDD/SSD tray allowing for the drive type and capacity of your choice. (If you're streaming 100% of the time, hard drives are unnecessary.)
N150 has a compact chassis incorporating everything needed to browse and stream hi-res music from TIDAL, Qobuz, Spotify or internet radio using the dedicated app: Aurender Conductor. If you want to add digital files to the N150, there's a provision to add a single 2TB or 4TB HDD or an 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB SSD in order to fully accommodate the size of your file library. And the N150 handles virtually any file format.
From its "clean" Audio Class 2.0 USB, output file resolutions supported include 32-bit/384kHz, 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64); 1-bit, 5.6MHz (DSD128), 11.2MHz (DSD256) and DSD512. Updated and improved upon by virtue of an all-new dual-core processor, low-noise linear power supply, and increased system memory, N150 delivers higher fidelity performance for both streaming and digital-file playback. The beautifully machined aluminum chassis sports a 3.0" AMOLED display that indicates the album and song title in an alphanumeric readout.
All Aurender music servers are controlled by an exclusive app, Aurender Conductor, which is supported on iPad, iPhone, Android phone, and tablets.
The N150, as is true of all Aurender models, benefits from being an inclusive design, meaning that all the necessary technology required for file serving or streaming music is incorporated within one audio component. This approach provides a high level of stability, reliability, and predictability of operation.
Like all Music Direct products, the Aurender N150 High-Performance Digital Output Music Server/Streamer comes with the 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee.
The N150 incorporates technology derived from best-in-class models. For example, the solid-state 240GB MVMe caching drive for playback eliminates latency and the potential of drop-outs often associated with using IT storage devices like NAS and USB drives for music playback. And the dedicated high-performance Audio 2.0 USB digital audio output features ultra-low-noise power circuitry to deliver a pristine digital stream to the connected DAC.
The N150 greatly benefits from "trickle down" technology from Aurender's more expensive models, making it a price-to-performance gem. Aurender's unique adaptive storage system lets you decide the amount of storage necessary for your file library and the type of drive preferred, HDD or SSD. Either drive is user-installed at purchase, any time thereafter, or not at all if you stream 100% of the time.
Gigabit Ethernet LAN Port for Network Connectivity
For network connectivity, streaming, upgrades, and file transfers, the N150 has a gigabit Ethernet port along with two USB 2.0 data ports for copying files from a USB HDD or USB thumb drive.
Loading music into your Aurender is simple and easy. You can choose between two methods, depending upon where your digital music library currently resides – direct from a USB storage device or over the network from a NAS.
The Aurender Conductor App Takes Control of Your Music
The Aurender Conductor app turns your iPad, iPhone, Android phone, or tablet into a highly versatile user interface for Aurender Music Servers, making managing, viewing, playing and streaming high-resolution music collections a breeze. All permissions, behaviors, and functions of the N150 can be easily accessed through the Settings menu of the Aurender Conductor App. Embedded within Conductor are the lossless streaming services TIDAL and Qobuz (a subscription is required). Spotify Connect and internet radio are also available as alternative music sources. When using a streaming service, Aurender handles the streaming content the same way as files stored internally (TIDAL and Qobuz only), so all functions and operations are the same with either library. In fact, it's easy to combine streaming content into your library of files, making all content appear to be one and the same.
MQA Core Decoder (optional in-app purchase)
Aurender's MQA Core Decoder upgrade enables the first unfold to play MQA files through a non-MQA certified DAC at up to 88.2kHz or 96kHz. The Core Decoder can also deliver the first unfold to MQA certified DACs requiring it so the DAC can perform the final rendering.
USB HD and NAS (Network-Attached Storage) Support
The best performance occurs when music is stored on the Aurender's internal storage. However, the Aurender platform is also capable of seamlessly integrating content stored on a NAS or external USB hard drive using AMM (Aurender Media Manager).
Network Streaming with Solid-State Drive (SSD) Caching Playback
After a song or album is selected from the Aurender Conductor App, that specific music is cached to the 240GB SSD from the internal HDD, and the N150 will then play it back directly from the SSD. This minimizes wear and tear on the storage drive installed, because after loading to the caching drive, the storage drive goes idle. Additionally, by caching songs to the SDD for playback, it eliminates any sound quality degradation and even drop-outs due to a non-optimal network connection from, for example, a NAS drive.
Dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0 Output with Noise-Free Power Circuitry
The dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0 output is designed to deliver an exceptionally transparent audio signal, free of noise, and shielded from any outside electrical or RFI interference.
Linear Power Supply
A full, linear power supply provides clean and stable power to the CPU and audio output circuitry. Linear supplies are renowned for their ability to deliver a wide dynamic range, deep and powerful low-frequency response, and a wide and deep soundstage.
Remote Internet Technical Support
In the unlikely event that you need technical support, you can request it right from the Aurender Conductor App. Sending a Remote Support Request from the app allows engineers to quickly diagnose and correct problems over the Internet.