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    MY TAKE:
     

    We are not alone in ranking the Aurender Music servers among the world’s best. Unfortunately the S10 at $6990 and W20 at $16800 don’t fit every budget. So we are thrilled with their introduction of two new models that will allow many more audiophiles to enjoy this level of performance performance. - Galen Carol


    The X100 Series digital music players incorporates many innovations originally developed for the higher priced Aurender S10 and W20 models, including the solid-state drive cache for playback which completely eliminates jitter, latency and noise resulting from spinning hard drives and compact disks. The X100 Series models also uses the same high performance USB digital audio output as the flagship Aurender W20 with proprietary power circuitry to eliminate noise in the audio signal and is carefully shielded against RF interference.


    Designed to make managing, viewing and playing digital music collections fun and easy, the X100 players support bit-perfect playback of DSD (DIFF/DSF), WAV, FLAC, ALAC, APE, AIFF, M4A, and other major formats at native bit and sampling rates. The X100 units are equipped with a high performance USB digital audio output and features a Gigabit Ethernet port for software upgrades, file transfers and network connectivity, two USB data ports, internal hard drive for storage and 120GB solid-state drive cache for latency-free playback.


    While the Aurender X100 Series models can be operated using the front panel buttons, the Aurender Conductor App for iPad® and iPad Mini is the most convenient way to sort, browse and play music, in addition to setting various options on the X100 such as display mode (song information, level meter, playlists, device information), power mode (On/Off or Standby), DAC options and more. The Aurender S10 and W20 models also use the Aurender Conductor App as the user interface. Originally introduced in 2011, the Aurender Conductor App undergone several upgrades to add new features and improvements in collaboration with Aurender users and industry partners. With just a press of a button or a flick on the iPad, entire music libraries can be instantly sorted into various categories, custom categories, by bit and sampling rates, and by user rating. Designed for large digital music libraries, the Aurender Conductor App has extensive features to make sorting, viewing and playing fast and easy.  


    Three versions of the new model are available, differing only in the size of the on board hard drive used for storage (both employ a 120GB solid-state drive cache for latency-free playback). The X100S includes a 1TB drive ($2999), the X100L has 6TB of storage (two 3TB drives) and is prices at $3,499, the X100L-8 offers a stunning 8TB of storage (two 4TB) for $3899.

     

    REVIEWS:

    “The first computer, that even computer haters will love! It deserves the highest score for user friendliness. Stress-free and relaxed playback even from USB! Compared to the Aurender, the same recording played from my MacBook pro is like yesterday's news. I would describe it as dry, cold and "digital". One of the great strength of all Aurender systems is the usability with the iPad. Others offer this too you might think, that is true, but not to this level of sophistication. The trick with Aurender's app is that all tag information, including the covers, are stored on the iPad. The app is available for free.)”  - HiFi Statement, Germany

    "The Aurender is a joy to use. My attitude to computer audio is rather negative, because of its unpredictability and the need for continuous fixes and upgrades. If I were to play the audio files in my system, I would like to use a file player that is as stable as a CD player. The Aurender perfectly meets this requirement. It is small, perfectly designed and built and it offers the kind of sound that should appeal to a large group of music lovers, regardless of how much they want to spend on this type of component. I will go even further to say that the sonic structure it offers is close to my vision of the sound of high-end system components. It is soft, yet not softened; dynamic and palpable. On top of this, there is the outstanding user interface. All that remains is to choose a matching high-end DAC." "The X100L is outstanding." - High Fidelity
     

    "I did really like the Aurender X100L. Really liked it. So if I were buying a music server today, I would probably go for the X100L, because I believe it to offer outstanding performance while the cost is still somewhat reasonable. In short, I think it would be a nice addition to your system." - Jeff Fritz, Soundstage Ultra


    "The Aurender is a joy to use. My attitude to computer audio is rather negative, because of its unpredictability and the need for continuous fixes and upgrades. If I were to play the audio files in my system, I would like to use a file player that is as stable as a CD player. The Aurender perfectly meets this requirement. It is small, perfectly designed and built and it offers the kind of sound that should appeal to a large group of music lovers, regardless of how much they want to spend on this type of component. I will go even further to say that the sonic structure it offers is close to my vision of the sound of high-end system components. It is soft, yet not softened; dynamic and palpable. On top of this, there is the outstanding user interface. All that remains is to choose a matching high-end DAC. The X100L is outstanding." - Tomek Folta, Positive Feedback
     

    "After loading up nearly 1,000 albums, I went about playing. The first thing that struck me was the noise floor which sounded lower than I'm used to. There was a notable clarity to the music being played through the X100L that suggested an absence of self-noise. Violins rang out true, solo cello resounded from a believable and solid space, while its sounds trailed off into the quiet naturally. There was also a smooth naturalness to the music, an anti-digitalness if you will, making it easy to fall into my tunes." - Michael Lavornga


    “You’ll notice I spent a rather large percentage of this review writing about the X100L user experience. This is no accident. Disc-based transports rarely need more than a sentence or two, unless they are so bad as to deserve more extensive criticism. But even then it’s a simple discussion — loading too slow, buttons unresponsive, things of that nature. The X100L experience is a whole different animal and really deserves as much attention as possible. User interaction one of the key benefits of a device such as this, and in my opinion Aurender absolutely nailed it. Oh, and the sound quality? Superb. Factor in the attractive appearance and the relatively low price (for what it is), and the X100L earns my absolute top recommendation.” – John Grandberg, Part Time Audiophile

     


    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
      PCM:  same as DAC specifications; DSD: 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64); 1-bit, 5.6MHz (DSD128)
    Solid-State Drive 1 x 120GB
    Hard Disk Drives Aurender X100L (2 x 3TB - upgradeable to 2 x 4TB) / Aurender X100S (1 x 1TB)
    Digital Audio Outputs 1 dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0 with proprietary power circuitry
    Digital I/O 1 Gigabit LAN, 2 x USB 2.0
    CPU Power Supply Fan-less 100W SMPS
    CPU Board Proprietary Aurender Board
    Main Memory 4GB
    Finish Silver 
    Dimensions Aurender X100L (215mm x 83mm x 355mm) / Aurender X100S (215mm x 83mm x 257mm)
    Weight Aurender X100L (7.5 kg) / Aurender X100S (5.0 kg)

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Aurender X100 Series Music Servers

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Description


MY TAKE:
 

We are not alone in ranking the Aurender Music servers among the world’s best. Unfortunately the S10 at $6990 and W20 at $16800 don’t fit every budget. So we are thrilled with their introduction of two new models that will allow many more audiophiles to enjoy this level of performance performance. - Galen Carol


The X100 Series digital music players incorporates many innovations originally developed for the higher priced Aurender S10 and W20 models, including the solid-state drive cache for playback which completely eliminates jitter, latency and noise resulting from spinning hard drives and compact disks. The X100 Series models also uses the same high performance USB digital audio output as the flagship Aurender W20 with proprietary power circuitry to eliminate noise in the audio signal and is carefully shielded against RF interference.


Designed to make managing, viewing and playing digital music collections fun and easy, the X100 players support bit-perfect playback of DSD (DIFF/DSF), WAV, FLAC, ALAC, APE, AIFF, M4A, and other major formats at native bit and sampling rates. The X100 units are equipped with a high performance USB digital audio output and features a Gigabit Ethernet port for software upgrades, file transfers and network connectivity, two USB data ports, internal hard drive for storage and 120GB solid-state drive cache for latency-free playback.


While the Aurender X100 Series models can be operated using the front panel buttons, the Aurender Conductor App for iPad® and iPad Mini is the most convenient way to sort, browse and play music, in addition to setting various options on the X100 such as display mode (song information, level meter, playlists, device information), power mode (On/Off or Standby), DAC options and more. The Aurender S10 and W20 models also use the Aurender Conductor App as the user interface. Originally introduced in 2011, the Aurender Conductor App undergone several upgrades to add new features and improvements in collaboration with Aurender users and industry partners. With just a press of a button or a flick on the iPad, entire music libraries can be instantly sorted into various categories, custom categories, by bit and sampling rates, and by user rating. Designed for large digital music libraries, the Aurender Conductor App has extensive features to make sorting, viewing and playing fast and easy.  


Three versions of the new model are available, differing only in the size of the on board hard drive used for storage (both employ a 120GB solid-state drive cache for latency-free playback). The X100S includes a 1TB drive ($2999), the X100L has 6TB of storage (two 3TB drives) and is prices at $3,499, the X100L-8 offers a stunning 8TB of storage (two 4TB) for $3899.

 

REVIEWS:

“The first computer, that even computer haters will love! It deserves the highest score for user friendliness. Stress-free and relaxed playback even from USB! Compared to the Aurender, the same recording played from my MacBook pro is like yesterday's news. I would describe it as dry, cold and "digital". One of the great strength of all Aurender systems is the usability with the iPad. Others offer this too you might think, that is true, but not to this level of sophistication. The trick with Aurender's app is that all tag information, including the covers, are stored on the iPad. The app is available for free.)”  - HiFi Statement, Germany

"The Aurender is a joy to use. My attitude to computer audio is rather negative, because of its unpredictability and the need for continuous fixes and upgrades. If I were to play the audio files in my system, I would like to use a file player that is as stable as a CD player. The Aurender perfectly meets this requirement. It is small, perfectly designed and built and it offers the kind of sound that should appeal to a large group of music lovers, regardless of how much they want to spend on this type of component. I will go even further to say that the sonic structure it offers is close to my vision of the sound of high-end system components. It is soft, yet not softened; dynamic and palpable. On top of this, there is the outstanding user interface. All that remains is to choose a matching high-end DAC." "The X100L is outstanding." - High Fidelity
 

"I did really like the Aurender X100L. Really liked it. So if I were buying a music server today, I would probably go for the X100L, because I believe it to offer outstanding performance while the cost is still somewhat reasonable. In short, I think it would be a nice addition to your system." - Jeff Fritz, Soundstage Ultra


"The Aurender is a joy to use. My attitude to computer audio is rather negative, because of its unpredictability and the need for continuous fixes and upgrades. If I were to play the audio files in my system, I would like to use a file player that is as stable as a CD player. The Aurender perfectly meets this requirement. It is small, perfectly designed and built and it offers the kind of sound that should appeal to a large group of music lovers, regardless of how much they want to spend on this type of component. I will go even further to say that the sonic structure it offers is close to my vision of the sound of high-end system components. It is soft, yet not softened; dynamic and palpable. On top of this, there is the outstanding user interface. All that remains is to choose a matching high-end DAC. The X100L is outstanding." - Tomek Folta, Positive Feedback
 

"After loading up nearly 1,000 albums, I went about playing. The first thing that struck me was the noise floor which sounded lower than I'm used to. There was a notable clarity to the music being played through the X100L that suggested an absence of self-noise. Violins rang out true, solo cello resounded from a believable and solid space, while its sounds trailed off into the quiet naturally. There was also a smooth naturalness to the music, an anti-digitalness if you will, making it easy to fall into my tunes." - Michael Lavornga


“You’ll notice I spent a rather large percentage of this review writing about the X100L user experience. This is no accident. Disc-based transports rarely need more than a sentence or two, unless they are so bad as to deserve more extensive criticism. But even then it’s a simple discussion — loading too slow, buttons unresponsive, things of that nature. The X100L experience is a whole different animal and really deserves as much attention as possible. User interaction one of the key benefits of a device such as this, and in my opinion Aurender absolutely nailed it. Oh, and the sound quality? Superb. Factor in the attractive appearance and the relatively low price (for what it is), and the X100L earns my absolute top recommendation.” – John Grandberg, Part Time Audiophile

 


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
  PCM:  same as DAC specifications; DSD: 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64); 1-bit, 5.6MHz (DSD128)
Solid-State Drive 1 x 120GB
Hard Disk Drives Aurender X100L (2 x 3TB - upgradeable to 2 x 4TB) / Aurender X100S (1 x 1TB)
Digital Audio Outputs 1 dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0 with proprietary power circuitry
Digital I/O 1 Gigabit LAN, 2 x USB 2.0
CPU Power Supply Fan-less 100W SMPS
CPU Board Proprietary Aurender Board
Main Memory 4GB
Finish Silver 
Dimensions Aurender X100L (215mm x 83mm x 355mm) / Aurender X100S (215mm x 83mm x 257mm)
Weight Aurender X100L (7.5 kg) / Aurender X100S (5.0 kg)