Two box design, network switch + linear power supply
The Japanese Melco devoloped their new flagship, a high performance switch which is quite an unusual architecture compared to an IT dataswitch. There are four 100 Mb RJ45 ports – these provide the best audio&video quality. There are four 1 Gb ports – these are ideal for PC connectivity, and are ideal for the Roon Core processor which generates high traffic flow.
• Two additional SFP ports allow for the connection of optical fibre for components such as Lumin that support it.
• The key to creating a stable and resilient data stream for extreme Hi-Res streaming is the Packet Buffer and S10 has 1.5 MB of buffer capability to deal with erratic external connectivity.
• Audiophile techniques are used in the power supply implementation with a bank of audio-grade capacitors to ensure the lowest noise environment. Power supplies are external to the S10 in the from of a dedicated toroidal transformer power supply in matching casework, giving exceptional isolation.
• Mechanical stability contributes to system performance and the S10 is built on a rigid steel chassis with full aluminium casework with total screening provided by the totally metal enclosure which matches Melco Audiophile NAS components