Melco has released a data switch, the S100, which it says will improve the sound quality of any network audio device using an Ethernet connection and a data switch. [Click on image to enlarge]

Melco leveraged the design expertise of its parent company, Buffalo Technology, to create the S100 which it says features architecture unlike that of any other data switch, including an audio-specific low-noise main board with a 1.5MB packet buffer and an audio-grade capacitor bank. ‘The Melco S100’s low-noise design, coupled with highly precise data-handling, gives the S100 uncompromising sound quality when used with Ethernet audio devices,’ said Mark Gusew, of BMC Wholesale, which distributes Melco in Australia. ‘It’s a complete audiophile data switch solution designed to not only complement Melco’s digital music libraries, but to also offer a clear and easy upgrade path for any systems using Ethernet for audio, especially those using Roon devices and streaming services such as TIDAL and Qobuz.’

The S100’s internal packet-traffic settings have been optimised for use with IT NAS drives, IT routers (for streaming services), Roon Core processor devices and Roon Bridges, as well as with Melco’s own N1, N10, and N100 digital music libraries.

Alan Ainslie, Melco Audio’s General Manager, told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine: ‘Digital music relies on perfectly timed data in a low-noise environment. Therefore, the limitation for sound quality on an Ethernet network is the network itself, plus the components used. Standard IT parts are simply inadequate for high-quality digital music. While the S100 is clearly befit for Melco owners who use the Player Ethernet port, the difference an S100 can bring to non-Melco systems is quite surprising, especially for the heavy traffic created in a Roon environment, as well as for streaming services such as TIDAL and Qobuz, where the data has been seriously compromised on its journey from distant servers into the user’s home. The S100 restores the magic of the source stream as no IT device can possibly do.’

The Melco S100 has 4×100MbE ports with RJ45; 4×1GbE ports with RJ45; and 2×SFP optical fibre ports and features the same vibration-isolating aluminium-chassis construction and form factor used in Melco’s N10 series. Available only from BMC Wholesale, the Melco S100 sells for $3,495 (RRP). [Click image below to enlarge]

For more information, contact BMC Wholesale