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Melco Audiophile NAS
28-01-2020, 09:40
Post: #581
RE: Melco Audiophile NAS
Until a few weeks ago, my setup was as you describe except that the N1A to N1Z connection was not by direct Ethernet cable but using optical isolation. This isolation was provided by a pair of TP-Link MC210CS optical-to-Ethernet converters powered by plugtop linear power supplies, connected like this:

N1A player port -> Ethernet cable -> MC210CS -> optical cable -> MC210CS -> Ethernet cable -> N1Z LAN port

The N1A was connected to an optical port on my Cisco switch like this:

Cisco switch -> optical cable -> MC210CS -> Ethernet cable -> N1A LAN port

My current setup uses a Melco S100 switch. This has two optical ports and is connected like this:

Cisco switch -> optical cable -> S100

S100 -> Ethernet cable -> N1Z LAN port

S100 -> optical cable -> MC210CS -> Ethernet cable -> N1A LAN port


The addition of the S100 connected as above has been a jaw-dropping moment for me.
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28-01-2020, 13:23
Post: #582
RE: Melco Audiophile NAS
Thank you, it seems my shopping list is growing.
Have you tried with just the ethernet cables instead of fibre as it will mean I will have to run a fibre cable from my switch into the Melco S10 instead of ethernet ?
But I guess optical has better isolation than ethernet which is why you are using them to reduce the network noise even further ?
I ask because of all the extra power supply for the one MC210CS and or the extra conversion of information over ethernet to optical ?
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28-01-2020, 14:22
Post: #583
RE: Melco Audiophile NAS
I have tried both Ethernet and optical and optical sounded better. However, using an optical link did not sound better on the connection from the switch to the N1Z. For this, I am using one of the 100 MB/s Ethernet ports on the switch as recommended by Melco.

Very important note: These are my experiences with my music, my ears and my equipment which has been tweaked in various other ways not described here. No-one reading these posts should make any assumptions that the results I have described will be replicated on their own system.
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26-02-2020, 19:43 (This post was last modified: 26-02-2020 19:43 by GreenMtnGringo.)
Post: #584
RE: Melco Audiophile NAS
Fellow Melco/MinimServer users: Have any of you reformatted your Melco HDDs from xfs to ext4? I recently ran an Internal Drive Check on my Melco N1Z/1 (from the front panel, click Support > Internal Drive Check) and received this message:

Old format. It's OK to use but
'backup, re-format and restore'
will be better.


Reformatting would involve a full music backup followed by a restore of one's music files. I would prefer not to go through that exercise, but if there is a material/meaningful performance boost from reformatting, I would consider it. Thanks.

Melco HA-N1ZH60 Mk1 (MinimServer 2) --> network --> AURALiC ARIES G2 --> Lightning Link (WWPS7 hdmi) --> AURALiC VEGA G2 with AURALiC LEO GX Master Clock --> XLR --> Mark Levinson No. 326S --> RCA --> JL Audio E-Sub e110 (active crossover @ 100 Hz) --> RCA --> Bryston 4B3 (Cubed) --> Magnepan .7
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26-02-2020, 23:24
Post: #585
RE: Melco Audiophile NAS
GreenMtnGringo - you should already have a full music backup.....!

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