Melco Audio debuts high-end two-box network switch

posted on Friday, 1st April 2022 by Steve May

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Network audio specialist Melco Audio has launched a high-end network switch, which features a separate high-performance linear power supply said to improve networked audio sound quality.

The two-box approach echoes that of the brand’s recently announced flagship digital music library, the N10/2.

The S10’s head unit is based on a heavily upgraded S100 network switch, and benefits from an improved power management section. The head unit’s casework has also been significantly improved with better aluminium used for the casework, thereby improving rigidity and increasing isolation for the signal-carrying electronics. A rigid-steel screened chassis offers additional mechanical stability.

The rear panel connections comprise different speed RJ45 Ethernet ports: 4x 100 MB and 4x 1 GB, the latter are useful for the Roon Core processor which generates high traffic flow. In addition, 2x 1 GB SFP (Small Form Factor) ports are also included for direct fibre connections and compatibility with supported devices.

A large toroidal transformer forms the bulk of the S10’s power unit and is mounted on a solid base with specialist insulators from Japan’s TAOC. Further features include high-quality Neutrik connectors on the output, plus a high-precision ‘102 SSC’ conductor from Tokyo’s Oyaide for the connecting DC cable.

The Melco S10 network switch is available to order now in black or silver and sells for £4,999

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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