Aurender has just launched the X-PAC and N-PAC audio systems aimed at streaming audiophiles. The main difference between the X-PAC and the N-PAC systems is that the X-PAC manages massive collections (up to 20,000 CDs worth) on its internal hard drives, while the N-PAC accesses Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices for multi-room use, as well as larger music collections.
The X-PAC combines an X100 Music Server/Player and X725 DAC/Stereo Amplifier, while the N-PAC combines an N100 Network Music Server/Player and the same X725 DAC/Stereo Amplifier. Just add a pair of high-quality stereo speakers to bring audiophile sound to your home, office, RV or boat.
With the X100, Aurender uses SSD (Solid-State-Drive) cached playback from its internal HD using 12TB of storage, thus, it can accommodate more than 20,000 CDs and high-resolution music tracks in uncompressed WAV format. The new N-PAC Network Music Player differs from the X100-based X-PAC, focusing users to connect Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices to the system. Like the X-PAC, it provides Solid-State-Drive (SSD) cached playback of NAS contents, but, because it doesn’t have internal hard drives, the NAS-driven N100 is smaller and more compact than the X100, with a 3-inch AMOLED display. Standard SSD cache for the N100 is 120GB; a 1TB SSD cache model is optional.
Both the X100-based X-PAC and N100-based N-PAC have TIDAL streaming music fully integrated into their app. The X-PAC (with X100 6TB capacity) lists for $5,999. and the N-PAC (with N100) lists for $4,999. For consumers already owning an X100, the matching X725 DAC/ Stereo Amplifier has a suggested retail price of $2,499.