Aurender W20 Music Server/Streamer, Silver - Preowned

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Aurender W20 Music Server/Streamer, Silver - Preowned

$9,395.00

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Aurender W20 Music Server/Streamer, Silver - Preowned

$9,395.00

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    A great buy on this Aurender W20. It was a trade-in toward the new W20SE and is just back from a full checkout by Aurender USA - still sealed!

    Short of the new Aurender W20SE, there's no better sounding music server.

     


    REVIEWS:

    The Absolute Sound: "The Aurender W20 is in my experience the current state of the art in music servers. It excels in every parameter; its array of features is unmatched, the 12TB of available storage will accommodate virtually any library; its interface is wonderful and intuitive; and most importantly, it delivers sound quality unmatched by any other digital source I’ve heard. The W20 brought out the best in my system, delivering the greatest dimensionality, timbral purity, resolution, and freedom from hash I’ve heard from digital sources. Of course, a great digital-to-analog converter is required for realizing the sound quality I’ve described, but I can say that the combination of the W20 and the Berkeley Alpha DAC Reference sets a benchmark in performance.

    Although many listeners will be drawn to the Aurender W20 by its capabilities and outstanding iPad control app, it’s really the sound quality that makes the W20 special. The Aurender W20 is not just a pretty interface." - Robert Harley,

    Computer Audiophile: "The Aurender W20 is a purpose built race car that does one thing very well, it plays music that sounds better than any server I've ever used. When connected to great components the W20 enables one to hear into the music, with a low noise floor and clean signal, like nothing else. The flagship W20 is an engineering based marvel not dependent on high end hocus-pocus to turn heads and enthrall the ears. The server's maintenance free battery powered, and in-house designed, audio board in addition to intense isolation, both electrical and physical, are far beyond any server I've used to date. The Aurender W20 makes CAPS servers look like children's toys with inferior sound. It's not possible to compete with the W20 using an off the shelf computer or individual computer components cherry picked from around the world. The Aurender team has designed and built, from the ground up, the W20 too such a standard, hobbyists can only dream about duplicating its form and function. Whether the listener connects it to a full dCS externally clocked stack or an Alpha DAC via AES or an EMM Labs DAC2X via USB the Aurender W20 will provide listeners the best chance of hearing everything on a recording without editorializing. The Aurender W20 has displaced the CAPS v3 Carbon server in my system and is without a doubt the best music server I've used to date."

    HiFi+:"The Aurender W20 is a technologically superb piece of electronics and is quite easily the best of its kind that I have heard, although new models from many manufacturers are coming thick and fast now. Despite this, its real value to me lies in the way it plays music without so many of the irritating issues I have noted before. Aurender has clearly gone to great lengths to ensure that nothing gets in the way of its most important purpose. It fulfils the role of a single or second source brilliantly without actually playing second fiddle to anything. It is a truly exceptional product. Expensive but very highly recommended."

    Audiostream: "Everything I played through the W20 feeding the totaldac sounded more immediate in its presence to my listening space – more like that associated with real life music creation than an intimation of it. Music was possessed of more texture, nuance and conferred with a slightly greater breadth, height and depth to the sound stage than the Aurender N10 reviewed previously. Add in a shade more vibrancy to timbral and tonal colorations and the biggest difference of all; the low-level resolution retreival the W20’s battery-powered, dead-black background provided, and I found a compelling argument forming in my mind to upgrade from the N10 if – like I mentioned in my N10 review – your DAC and other downstream equipment is of sufficient transparency to pass along this improved information extraction. It would be disingenuous to describe the difference between the W20 and the N10 as modest – there’s just too many compelling improvements in its presentation of the recorded event. It is, however, a difference I would assign a low double-digit percentage to (say 10-15 per cent), or more, depending on what you’re coming from in comparison. Now, before you say ‘How can that justify the price difference?’ read on.

    " If you’re familiar with battery-powered phono stages, preamps or even some of Vinnie Rossi’s integrated amplifiers you’ve had a taste of the silence I’ve been referring to throughout this review and could understand how some cannot go back to anything else. Here’s the thing with high fidelity; often found hiding in those slim percentages is an inordinate amount of aural realism. That ‘last five per cent’ (as it’s often referred to) is usually where a lot of money gets spent by music lovers in this hobby. That cost is usually incurred because of years of R&D, tooling, machining, advanced production techniques and ever more exotic parts coming into play. But, in my experience, it is that ability to fool our lizard brains into believing someone is playing in the room with us with a sound so compellingly realistic which pushes a system from great to literal in it’s playback abilities. If you want this level of sonic performance, just like a motorcycle or a car, it is going to cost you.

    "Now if I only I could figure out where to get the money from." - Rafe Arnott


     

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Aurender W20 Music Server/Streamer, Silver - Preowned

$9,395.00

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Description


A great buy on this Aurender W20. It was a trade-in toward the new W20SE and is just back from a full checkout by Aurender USA - still sealed!

Short of the new Aurender W20SE, there's no better sounding music server.

 


REVIEWS:

The Absolute Sound: "The Aurender W20 is in my experience the current state of the art in music servers. It excels in every parameter; its array of features is unmatched, the 12TB of available storage will accommodate virtually any library; its interface is wonderful and intuitive; and most importantly, it delivers sound quality unmatched by any other digital source I’ve heard. The W20 brought out the best in my system, delivering the greatest dimensionality, timbral purity, resolution, and freedom from hash I’ve heard from digital sources. Of course, a great digital-to-analog converter is required for realizing the sound quality I’ve described, but I can say that the combination of the W20 and the Berkeley Alpha DAC Reference sets a benchmark in performance.

Although many listeners will be drawn to the Aurender W20 by its capabilities and outstanding iPad control app, it’s really the sound quality that makes the W20 special. The Aurender W20 is not just a pretty interface." - Robert Harley,

Computer Audiophile: "The Aurender W20 is a purpose built race car that does one thing very well, it plays music that sounds better than any server I've ever used. When connected to great components the W20 enables one to hear into the music, with a low noise floor and clean signal, like nothing else. The flagship W20 is an engineering based marvel not dependent on high end hocus-pocus to turn heads and enthrall the ears. The server's maintenance free battery powered, and in-house designed, audio board in addition to intense isolation, both electrical and physical, are far beyond any server I've used to date. The Aurender W20 makes CAPS servers look like children's toys with inferior sound. It's not possible to compete with the W20 using an off the shelf computer or individual computer components cherry picked from around the world. The Aurender team has designed and built, from the ground up, the W20 too such a standard, hobbyists can only dream about duplicating its form and function. Whether the listener connects it to a full dCS externally clocked stack or an Alpha DAC via AES or an EMM Labs DAC2X via USB the Aurender W20 will provide listeners the best chance of hearing everything on a recording without editorializing. The Aurender W20 has displaced the CAPS v3 Carbon server in my system and is without a doubt the best music server I've used to date."

HiFi+:"The Aurender W20 is a technologically superb piece of electronics and is quite easily the best of its kind that I have heard, although new models from many manufacturers are coming thick and fast now. Despite this, its real value to me lies in the way it plays music without so many of the irritating issues I have noted before. Aurender has clearly gone to great lengths to ensure that nothing gets in the way of its most important purpose. It fulfils the role of a single or second source brilliantly without actually playing second fiddle to anything. It is a truly exceptional product. Expensive but very highly recommended."

Audiostream: "Everything I played through the W20 feeding the totaldac sounded more immediate in its presence to my listening space – more like that associated with real life music creation than an intimation of it. Music was possessed of more texture, nuance and conferred with a slightly greater breadth, height and depth to the sound stage than the Aurender N10 reviewed previously. Add in a shade more vibrancy to timbral and tonal colorations and the biggest difference of all; the low-level resolution retreival the W20’s battery-powered, dead-black background provided, and I found a compelling argument forming in my mind to upgrade from the N10 if – like I mentioned in my N10 review – your DAC and other downstream equipment is of sufficient transparency to pass along this improved information extraction. It would be disingenuous to describe the difference between the W20 and the N10 as modest – there’s just too many compelling improvements in its presentation of the recorded event. It is, however, a difference I would assign a low double-digit percentage to (say 10-15 per cent), or more, depending on what you’re coming from in comparison. Now, before you say ‘How can that justify the price difference?’ read on.

" If you’re familiar with battery-powered phono stages, preamps or even some of Vinnie Rossi’s integrated amplifiers you’ve had a taste of the silence I’ve been referring to throughout this review and could understand how some cannot go back to anything else. Here’s the thing with high fidelity; often found hiding in those slim percentages is an inordinate amount of aural realism. That ‘last five per cent’ (as it’s often referred to) is usually where a lot of money gets spent by music lovers in this hobby. That cost is usually incurred because of years of R&D, tooling, machining, advanced production techniques and ever more exotic parts coming into play. But, in my experience, it is that ability to fool our lizard brains into believing someone is playing in the room with us with a sound so compellingly realistic which pushes a system from great to literal in it’s playback abilities. If you want this level of sonic performance, just like a motorcycle or a car, it is going to cost you.

"Now if I only I could figure out where to get the money from." - Rafe Arnott