AudioAficionado.org  

Go Back   AudioAficionado.org > Manufacturers Forums > Aurender

Aurender Reference Music Servers

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-29-2021, 01:54 PM
ChrisAZ's Avatar
ChrisAZ ChrisAZ is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Front Range, CO
Posts: 723
Default Aurender N100H vs MacBook Pro/Audirvana

I recently upgraded my Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC to a Twenty. So to complete my streaming upgrade I purchased an Aurender N100H used, hooked it up to the Ethernet (I had used WiFi on the MacBook), and connected it to the Ayre with a Kimber USB cable. Now I changed a bunch of things at once in the process, so I realize this is not scientific, but after running Tidal in HiFi DSD mode all I can say is that my streaming listening is completely transformed. It’s a revelation and now streaming is not the red headed stepchild of my system.
__________________
Clearaudio/Ortofon/Esoteric/Aurender/Ayre/McIntosh/Pass Labs/Harbeth/REL
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-30-2021, 01:22 AM
George Prentice's Avatar
George Prentice George Prentice is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Vancouver, Wa
Posts: 286
Default

Congratulations! My first decent streamer was an N100 (coupled with a QB-9 DAC, now upgraded to 20) for my headphone system. Yeah, it is amazing isn’t it. Before that, I used Macs and PCs... it just didn’t seem like a streamer should make that much difference... it does. This revelation caused a complete upgrade of my main system. Streaming really opens the door to the world of music.

Also, if you don’t know this trick. Just buy a router extender box that plugs into an outlet near your Aurender and you can run an Ethernet cable from it to your Aurender. Then you can take your MacBook out and just control with your phone or an iPad.
__________________
George
Main: Aurender W20SE music streamer, ARC REF 9SE DAC / CD, Linn LP 12, Koetsu Rosewood SignCartrige, ARC REF 3 Phono Stage, ARC REF 6SE Preamp, ARC 160s amp, Sonus Faber Amati Traditional Speakers,Transparent Ultra IC & SC Library:Aurender N100, Ayre QB9 2020 DAC, Woo WA5-LE amp upgraded tubes, Focal Utopia HP, Sennheiser 800s HP, LCD HP.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-30-2021, 02:03 AM
Puma Cat's Avatar
Puma Cat Puma Cat is online now
conrad-johnson, baby!


 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: East Bay, CA
Posts: 9,854
Default

Guess what just arrived yesterday from a friend for an audition?

Aurender N20!
__________________
First Sound Presence Deluxe 4.0 MkIII-Si Paramount Special Edition preamp, Conrad-Johnson LP70S amp, Michell Gyro SE MkII, SME V, Koetsu Urushi Vermilion w/ EAR324, Oppo BD-83SE, Sonore OpticalModule with Uptone Audio LPS-1.2 power supply, Uptone Audio EtherREGEN, SOtM UltraNeo with Keces P3 power supply, Shunyata Omega & Sigma Ethernet, Alpha USB digital cables, Lampizator Baltic 3 DAC, Mac Mini/Roon, Harbeth 30.2 or Dynaudio Contour S3.4 w/ Esotar 2 tweeters, REL R-305, Shunyata Alpha V2 ICs, Shunyata Alpha V2 speaker cables, Shunyata Sigma XC, Sigma NRv2, Alpha NRv2, Alpha XC, Delta NR v2, and Venom V14D power cords, Shunyata Everest 8000
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-30-2021, 01:39 PM
George Prentice's Avatar
George Prentice George Prentice is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Vancouver, Wa
Posts: 286
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
Guess what just arrived yesterday from a friend for an audition?

Aurender N20!
👍 It is highly likely you will love it. I have been impressed with every Aurender I have purchased or auditioned.
__________________
George
Main: Aurender W20SE music streamer, ARC REF 9SE DAC / CD, Linn LP 12, Koetsu Rosewood SignCartrige, ARC REF 3 Phono Stage, ARC REF 6SE Preamp, ARC 160s amp, Sonus Faber Amati Traditional Speakers,Transparent Ultra IC & SC Library:Aurender N100, Ayre QB9 2020 DAC, Woo WA5-LE amp upgraded tubes, Focal Utopia HP, Sennheiser 800s HP, LCD HP.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-30-2021, 03:05 PM
Puma Cat's Avatar
Puma Cat Puma Cat is online now
conrad-johnson, baby!


 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: East Bay, CA
Posts: 9,854
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by George Prentice View Post
👍 It is highly likely you will love it. I have been impressed with every Aurender I have purchased or auditioned.
I like it very much already. Superbly made, and setup and getting it going was very easy; took all of 10 minutes.

The Commander software works and is fairly intuitve for the most part. It's integration with online streaming services is very good. Managing playlists and configuring the software to play an entire albums could be less modal, as software engineers say. The ease and "process flow" of selecting an album is not as intuitive or as fast and easy as Roon.

Sounds very good indeed.
__________________
First Sound Presence Deluxe 4.0 MkIII-Si Paramount Special Edition preamp, Conrad-Johnson LP70S amp, Michell Gyro SE MkII, SME V, Koetsu Urushi Vermilion w/ EAR324, Oppo BD-83SE, Sonore OpticalModule with Uptone Audio LPS-1.2 power supply, Uptone Audio EtherREGEN, SOtM UltraNeo with Keces P3 power supply, Shunyata Omega & Sigma Ethernet, Alpha USB digital cables, Lampizator Baltic 3 DAC, Mac Mini/Roon, Harbeth 30.2 or Dynaudio Contour S3.4 w/ Esotar 2 tweeters, REL R-305, Shunyata Alpha V2 ICs, Shunyata Alpha V2 speaker cables, Shunyata Sigma XC, Sigma NRv2, Alpha NRv2, Alpha XC, Delta NR v2, and Venom V14D power cords, Shunyata Everest 8000
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-30-2021, 03:21 PM
btn2803 btn2803 is online now
Senior Member

 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: AZ
Posts: 190
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
I like it very much already. Superbly made, and setup and getting it going was very easy; took all of 10 minutes.

The Commander software works and is fairly intuitve for the most part. It's integration with online streaming services is very good. Managing playlists and configuring the software to play an entire albums could be less modal, as software engineers say. The ease and "process flow" of selecting an album is not as intuitive or as fast and easy as Roon.

Sounds very good indeed.
Hi Stephen,

I am looking at N10, N20 and the Auralic Aries G2.1. Would love to hear your thoughts on the N20. Do you plan on writing a review of the N20? Thanks.
__________________
Amps: Mc611s; Bryston 9BST Speakers: B&W 802D3 and HTM1D3, B&W SCMs; Pre-Amp: C2700; Processor: Marantz 8805A Sources: PSA Directstream DAC; JVC RS2000; Stewart Screen Cabaret with StudioTek 130 G4; Oppo UDP-205; Power & Cables: Taralabs bi-wire; WW XLR Silver Eclipse 8; WW Silver Starlight 7 Coax; Denali 6000T, Shunyata Alpha, Delta and Venom.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-30-2021, 08:01 PM
George Prentice's Avatar
George Prentice George Prentice is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Vancouver, Wa
Posts: 286
Default

I owned Auralic Aries G2... And currently own a Aurender N100 and W20SE. I think the Aurender is in a different class than the Aries. I have heard the Aurender N10. My conclusions... go with Aurender, more natural sound and quieter (much of the improvement with cost is quieting it down). With Aurender you get exactly what you pay for... the N100 -> N10 -> W20SE are all significant jumps in performance, each completely worth it. The new N10 has a redesigned power supply for lower noise, definitely an improvement. I am not familiar with the N20. It sounds like it has expanded USB capability and more storage. If you buy at this level it is likely the AES or other digital out will sound better than the USB output with your current DAC. Unless your DAC is massively better than the streamer I doubt this is important. Even in my situation the AES sounds the same or ever so slightly better They probably made other improvements in the n20 to make the sound better than the N10.


The age of massive stored files locally is over. It is good to have a little local storage... but streaming sounds exactly the same in mine, so local storage of files is for internet outages and feeling like you haven’t thrown away money on all those disks and downloads. I haven’t used anything off of local storage in six months. Qubuz is great.

I think it is safe to buy the most expensive you can afford. My purchases were revelatory and left me happy that I did not invest less. They took me into the digital audiophile world permanently.
__________________
George
Main: Aurender W20SE music streamer, ARC REF 9SE DAC / CD, Linn LP 12, Koetsu Rosewood SignCartrige, ARC REF 3 Phono Stage, ARC REF 6SE Preamp, ARC 160s amp, Sonus Faber Amati Traditional Speakers,Transparent Ultra IC & SC Library:Aurender N100, Ayre QB9 2020 DAC, Woo WA5-LE amp upgraded tubes, Focal Utopia HP, Sennheiser 800s HP, LCD HP.

Last edited by George Prentice; 04-30-2021 at 08:11 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-30-2021, 10:33 PM
ChrisAZ's Avatar
ChrisAZ ChrisAZ is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Front Range, CO
Posts: 723
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by George Prentice View Post
Congratulations! My first decent streamer was an N100 (coupled with a QB-9 DAC, now upgraded to 20) for my headphone system. Yeah, it is amazing isn’t it. Before that, I used Macs and PCs... it just didn’t seem like a streamer should make that much difference... it does. This revelation caused a complete upgrade of my main system. Streaming really opens the door to the world of music.

Also, if you don’t know this trick. Just buy a router extender box that plugs into an outlet near your Aurender and you can run an Ethernet cable from it to your Aurender. Then you can take your MacBook out and just control with your phone or an iPad.
That is exactly what I did and it works a treat!
__________________
Clearaudio/Ortofon/Esoteric/Aurender/Ayre/McIntosh/Pass Labs/Harbeth/REL
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Audioaficionado.org tested by Norton Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:13 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.10
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
©Copyright 2009-2021 AudioAficionado.org.Privately owned, All Rights Reserved.
Audio Aficionado Sponsors
AudioAficionado Subscriber
AudioAficionado Subscriber
Inspire By Dennis Had
Inspire By Dennis Had
Harmonic Resolution Systems
Harmonic Resolution Systems
Wyred4Sound
Wyred4Sound
Dragonfire Acoustics
Dragonfire Acoustics
GIK Acoustics
GIK Acoustics
Esoteric
Esoteric
AC Infinity
AC Infinity
JL Audio
JL Audio
Add Powr
Add Powr
Legend Audio & Video
Legend Audio & Video
Audio by E
Audio by E
Canton
Canton
Bryston
Bryston
WireWorld Cables
WireWorld Cables
Stillpoints
Stillpoints
Bricasti Design
Bricasti Design
Furutech
Furutech
Shunyata Research
Shunyata Research
Accuphase
Accuphase