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Aurender W20 Reference Music Server with 12TB of Internal Storage

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    MY TAKE:

    An absolutely stunning achievement. I can think of no other music server I would rather own. Without question The Aurender W20 represents the absolute state of the art in a digital music player. It's built with a fundamental precision that exceeds all others. The W20 was designed from the ground up - without compromise - to be an optimum vehicle for the replay of digital music files. The W20 is both stunning to behold (inside and out) and a breathtaking performer. For those who want the very best, this is it. - Galen Carol

     

    Aurender W20 -


    The Aurender W20 is designed to be used as a reference music server and player for the best performing audio systems and properly tagged high resolution digital music collections. With many unique and creative engineering solutions to eliminate jitter and noise in accurately transmitting digital audio signals to high performance discrete digital-to-analog converters, Aurender music servers enable high performance audio systems to perform at their true potential.

    The Aurender W20 Reference Music Server and iPad user application have been developed through years of testing and development by various teams of hardware, software and production engineers at TVLogic, the leading Korean high definition broadcast monitor and audio manufacturer.


    Technology -


    The Aurender W20 Music Server comes equipped with a unique clock design incorporating three Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillators with a Field Programmable Gate Array selected for the lowest jitter and highest performance in a digital Phase Locked Loop system.

    In response to numerous requests from recording studios and audiophiles with audio systems incorporating a Master Word Clock, the Aurender W20 Music Server comes equipped with a BNC input for Master Word Clocks and USB data ports that can be linked to automatically control the sample rate of external clocks such as the dCS Vivaldi Clock.

    Many high performance discrete digital-to-analog converters require dual-wire AES/EBU mode to separate audio transmissions of the left and right channels for higher fidelity and the Aurender W20 Music Server is the first audiophile music server and player to offer dual-wire support.

    Many modern high performance digital-to-analog converters are compatible with USB Audio Class 2.0 and the Aurender W20 Music Server comes equipped with a uniquely designed very "clean" USB Audio Class 2.0 output. Since critical audio circuits are powered by noiseless DC batteries, the audio signal needs to be buffered and then transmitted in USB Audio Class 2.0 standard. The Aurender W20 uses a proprietary buffering circuit to prevent noise and jitter in addition to protection of critical circuits from outside interference using metal shielding.

    The Aurender W20 Music Server with iPad App features an audio board containing all the critical audio components which is powered by two banks of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries that alternate charging cycles and require zero user intervention. This eliminates the need for filters and isolates the audio circuits from ground noise coming from the electrical mains. A third bank of LiFePO4 batteries act as an un-interruptible power supply in case of any sudden electrical power failures, the Aurender W20 will power down and turn off safely without any damage.

    A fan-less high grade switching mode power supply is used to economically supply clean power to the CPU board, drives and front panel. The computer main board, audio board and most of the components used in the Aurender W20 Music Server were developed in-house by teams of TVLogic engineers and meticulously developed through years of research and development into music servers and user convenience.

    The Aurender W20 Music Server comes with two 3TB internal hard disk drives for a total of 6TB (8TB and 12TB units available) storage capacity. These hard drives are suspended using rubber damping on aluminum brackets and encased in a thick block of precision machined aluminum to minimize vibrations, acoustic and electromagnetic noise. While the hard drives are used for storage, songs are cached to a solid-state drive for playback, thereby eliminating problems with latency and jitter associated with spinning disks and drives.


    Aurender iPad App -


    The Aurender W20 Music Server with iPad user application is designed to deliver the best user experience in browsing, sorting and convenient selection of songs for playback. Using the intuitive touch screen functions of the iPad is easy and effortless playback features such as automatic queuing of random song selections at the touch of a button make listening to music a real pleasure.

     

    REVIEWS:

    “I’d never experienced better sound from computer files. This is saying quite a lot -- my primary computer-based server is a dedicated music machine optimized for bit-perfect transmission of all files stored on my Synology NAS. Like the Aurender, this computer has an SSD for its OS and JRiver’s Media Center software, is loaded with RAM to handle the queuing of files, and features a purpose-built USB output board (in my case, the dedicated SOtM tX-USB). Everything I’ve come to appreciate in my reference server -- after dozens of hours spent configuring, optimizing, updating, and rebooting -- was still there with the W20, but without any fuss.”

    “With the Aurender W20, TVLogic has taken the heavy lifting out of computer audio. One needn’t worry about choices of software or hardware, configuration protocols, parasitic electrical noise, or ground-loop effects. Like the top-flight CD players of old, this edge-of-the-art platform is more high-end than the many-headed Hydras of most computer-audio systems. More important, the W20 pulls out all the stops and hits all the right notes of file management and playback.

    “That said, the Aurender W20 is not for everyone. That honor -- for most everyone, at least -- may well go to Aurender’s X100L and X100S, which Jeff Fritz ran through their paces with wonderful results. However, for the well-heeled, obsessive-compulsive audiophile, and/or all who have invested in statement-level digital gear and strive to eliminate from their systems any compromises, the W20 should fit the bill. And if you’ve bought a dCS Vivaldi digital playback system, what’s stopping you? It seems to me that one without the other would be like buying a Ferrari 458 Italia without opting for the carbon-ceramic brakes. Highly recommended.” - Peter Roth, SoundStage Network


    "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." - Chris Conaker, Computer Audiophile
     

    Read the full Conputer Audiophile review

    AWARDS:

     

    HIFICRITIC Recommended Product

    "... this top quality unit has hidden depths of connectivity and versatility."

    - Martin Colloms, HIFICRITIC

     

    HiVi Best Buy Award 2013

    (Music Player - Category 4)

     

    Audio Excellence Award 2014

    (Network Player)

    Audio Excellence Award 2014

    (Special Award for Advanced Network Player Development)

     

    Visual Grand Prix Award 2014

    (HDD Player)

     

     

    SPECIFICATIONS:

     

    User Software Aurender App for iPad/iPad Mini
    Supported Audio Formats DSD* (DSF, DFF), WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, MP4, others
    Bit and Sampling Rates
     SPDIF: up to 24-bit, 192kHz (PCM); 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64)
      USB:  same as DAC specifications (PCM); 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64); 1-bit, 5.6MHz (DSD128)
    Solid-State Drive 1 x 240GB
    Hard Disk Drives 2 x 3TB  (2 x 4TB optional upgrade)
    SPDIF Clocking FPGA-based All Digital Phase Locked Loop
    Audio Clock OCXO
    Digitial Audio Outputs 1 coaxial, 1 optical, 2 AES/EBU, 1 BNC, 1 dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0
    Digital I/O 1 Gigabit LAN, 2 x USB 2.0
    External Word Clock Input BNC
    Protection Feature Un-interruptible Power Supply
    Audio Power Supply LiFePO4 (LFP) Batteries
    CPU Power Supply Fan-less 100W SMPS
    CPU Board Proprietary Aurender Board
    Main Memory 4GB
    HDD Isolation Floating bracket suspension and machined aluminum enclosure
    Finish Silver or Black
    Dimensions 430mm x 106mm x 370mm
    Weight

    19kgs

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Aurender W20 Reference Music Server with 12TB of Internal Storage

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Description

MY TAKE:

An absolutely stunning achievement. I can think of no other music server I would rather own. Without question The Aurender W20 represents the absolute state of the art in a digital music player. It's built with a fundamental precision that exceeds all others. The W20 was designed from the ground up - without compromise - to be an optimum vehicle for the replay of digital music files. The W20 is both stunning to behold (inside and out) and a breathtaking performer. For those who want the very best, this is it. - Galen Carol

 

Aurender W20 -


The Aurender W20 is designed to be used as a reference music server and player for the best performing audio systems and properly tagged high resolution digital music collections. With many unique and creative engineering solutions to eliminate jitter and noise in accurately transmitting digital audio signals to high performance discrete digital-to-analog converters, Aurender music servers enable high performance audio systems to perform at their true potential.

The Aurender W20 Reference Music Server and iPad user application have been developed through years of testing and development by various teams of hardware, software and production engineers at TVLogic, the leading Korean high definition broadcast monitor and audio manufacturer.


Technology -


The Aurender W20 Music Server comes equipped with a unique clock design incorporating three Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillators with a Field Programmable Gate Array selected for the lowest jitter and highest performance in a digital Phase Locked Loop system.

In response to numerous requests from recording studios and audiophiles with audio systems incorporating a Master Word Clock, the Aurender W20 Music Server comes equipped with a BNC input for Master Word Clocks and USB data ports that can be linked to automatically control the sample rate of external clocks such as the dCS Vivaldi Clock.

Many high performance discrete digital-to-analog converters require dual-wire AES/EBU mode to separate audio transmissions of the left and right channels for higher fidelity and the Aurender W20 Music Server is the first audiophile music server and player to offer dual-wire support.

Many modern high performance digital-to-analog converters are compatible with USB Audio Class 2.0 and the Aurender W20 Music Server comes equipped with a uniquely designed very "clean" USB Audio Class 2.0 output. Since critical audio circuits are powered by noiseless DC batteries, the audio signal needs to be buffered and then transmitted in USB Audio Class 2.0 standard. The Aurender W20 uses a proprietary buffering circuit to prevent noise and jitter in addition to protection of critical circuits from outside interference using metal shielding.

The Aurender W20 Music Server with iPad App features an audio board containing all the critical audio components which is powered by two banks of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries that alternate charging cycles and require zero user intervention. This eliminates the need for filters and isolates the audio circuits from ground noise coming from the electrical mains. A third bank of LiFePO4 batteries act as an un-interruptible power supply in case of any sudden electrical power failures, the Aurender W20 will power down and turn off safely without any damage.

A fan-less high grade switching mode power supply is used to economically supply clean power to the CPU board, drives and front panel. The computer main board, audio board and most of the components used in the Aurender W20 Music Server were developed in-house by teams of TVLogic engineers and meticulously developed through years of research and development into music servers and user convenience.

The Aurender W20 Music Server comes with two 3TB internal hard disk drives for a total of 6TB (8TB and 12TB units available) storage capacity. These hard drives are suspended using rubber damping on aluminum brackets and encased in a thick block of precision machined aluminum to minimize vibrations, acoustic and electromagnetic noise. While the hard drives are used for storage, songs are cached to a solid-state drive for playback, thereby eliminating problems with latency and jitter associated with spinning disks and drives.


Aurender iPad App -


The Aurender W20 Music Server with iPad user application is designed to deliver the best user experience in browsing, sorting and convenient selection of songs for playback. Using the intuitive touch screen functions of the iPad is easy and effortless playback features such as automatic queuing of random song selections at the touch of a button make listening to music a real pleasure.

 

REVIEWS:

“I’d never experienced better sound from computer files. This is saying quite a lot -- my primary computer-based server is a dedicated music machine optimized for bit-perfect transmission of all files stored on my Synology NAS. Like the Aurender, this computer has an SSD for its OS and JRiver’s Media Center software, is loaded with RAM to handle the queuing of files, and features a purpose-built USB output board (in my case, the dedicated SOtM tX-USB). Everything I’ve come to appreciate in my reference server -- after dozens of hours spent configuring, optimizing, updating, and rebooting -- was still there with the W20, but without any fuss.”

“With the Aurender W20, TVLogic has taken the heavy lifting out of computer audio. One needn’t worry about choices of software or hardware, configuration protocols, parasitic electrical noise, or ground-loop effects. Like the top-flight CD players of old, this edge-of-the-art platform is more high-end than the many-headed Hydras of most computer-audio systems. More important, the W20 pulls out all the stops and hits all the right notes of file management and playback.

“That said, the Aurender W20 is not for everyone. That honor -- for most everyone, at least -- may well go to Aurender’s X100L and X100S, which Jeff Fritz ran through their paces with wonderful results. However, for the well-heeled, obsessive-compulsive audiophile, and/or all who have invested in statement-level digital gear and strive to eliminate from their systems any compromises, the W20 should fit the bill. And if you’ve bought a dCS Vivaldi digital playback system, what’s stopping you? It seems to me that one without the other would be like buying a Ferrari 458 Italia without opting for the carbon-ceramic brakes. Highly recommended.” - Peter Roth, SoundStage Network


"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." - Chris Conaker, Computer Audiophile
 

Read the full Conputer Audiophile review

AWARDS:

 

HIFICRITIC Recommended Product

"... this top quality unit has hidden depths of connectivity and versatility."

- Martin Colloms, HIFICRITIC

 

HiVi Best Buy Award 2013

(Music Player - Category 4)

 

Audio Excellence Award 2014

(Network Player)

Audio Excellence Award 2014

(Special Award for Advanced Network Player Development)

 

Visual Grand Prix Award 2014

(HDD Player)

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

 

User Software Aurender App for iPad/iPad Mini
Supported Audio Formats DSD* (DSF, DFF), WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, MP4, others
Bit and Sampling Rates
 SPDIF: up to 24-bit, 192kHz (PCM); 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64)
  USB:  same as DAC specifications (PCM); 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64); 1-bit, 5.6MHz (DSD128)
Solid-State Drive 1 x 240GB
Hard Disk Drives 2 x 3TB  (2 x 4TB optional upgrade)
SPDIF Clocking FPGA-based All Digital Phase Locked Loop
Audio Clock OCXO
Digitial Audio Outputs 1 coaxial, 1 optical, 2 AES/EBU, 1 BNC, 1 dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0
Digital I/O 1 Gigabit LAN, 2 x USB 2.0
External Word Clock Input BNC
Protection Feature Un-interruptible Power Supply
Audio Power Supply LiFePO4 (LFP) Batteries
CPU Power Supply Fan-less 100W SMPS
CPU Board Proprietary Aurender Board
Main Memory 4GB
HDD Isolation Floating bracket suspension and machined aluminum enclosure
Finish Silver or Black
Dimensions 430mm x 106mm x 370mm
Weight

19kgs