National Audio Show 2011

According to computer-audio specialist Item Audio, the Aurender S10 (5250) is the digital source to beat. Made in Korea, it has multiple regulated power supplies, an OCXO clock and incorporates 2TB of hard-drive storage alongside 64 or 128GB of solid-state space. This combination is employed such that music files are transferred to the solid-state drive for playback, the hard drive keeping permanent copies and the solid-state storing only the titles that are regularly played. It’s a comprehensive approach that results in extremely low noise and jitter according to the distributor. The S10 is also a wired network streamer, but it doesn’t have an onboard DAC. Output is via AES/EBU and S/PDIF connections. It sounded stunning with an MSB Platinum IV Diamond DAC -- and, frankly speaking, I want one!

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