February 2017 – London – MELCO, the audiophile division of leading Japanese computer peripheral company Buffalo Technology, has announced that the Melco N1 series has become the first approved server for RAVENNA. This highly advanced professional audio distribution protocol from ALC NetworX offers a method of audio transmission and distribution that is almost unlimited in scale and bandwidth but that makes use of existing network hardware to do so. This development has been a joint engineering effort by MERGING TECHNOLOGIES and MELCO to develop a fully networked solution.
Ravenna is a protocol used for the network connectivity from the dedicated PLAYER port of the Melco music library to a MERGING+NADAC DAC and Audio Preamplifier, bypassing the need for a static connection between a digital source and the decoding playback device. Historically, multiple device configurations either required the source to have multiple digital outputs or for there to be physical reconnection to switch from device to device. RAVENNA bypasses this by ensuring that a signal from a server can be made available via network switch to multiple devices. These devices can access multiple individual streams from the source or indeed access the same stream, even if it is already in use from another device.
Melco has developed its line of Audiophile grade servers and storage devices with a view to offering exceptional performance with unparalleled stability and flexibility. Exacting attention to detail in all aspects of the design, especially in relation to signal and data processing on the Ethernet connections along with extreme low jitter and low-noise engineering, ensure that Melco servers are an incredibly capable delivery system for your digital content.
The partnership with Merging Technologies means that the exceptional quality of digital audio from a Melco device can be made available to multiple RAVENNA-compatible players. The high bandwidth ensures that formats up to DSD256 can be handled with extremely accurate clocking, high resistance to packet loss and very low latency. RAVENNA already meets the demanding requirements of the broadcast and professional audio sectors and ensures that audiophiles have access to a system able to handle any requirement they are likely to have in the foreseeable future. The system is an emphatic demonstration that the audio industry is not content to sit and ‘make do’ with legacy systems but has the resolve and engineering prowess to push on and develop solutions that combine higher performance with further improvements to the user experience.
While MERGING+NADAC released with RAVENNA support for Windows and MacOS computers a year ago, the connection through RAVENNA with Melco state of the art range of music servers not only finally removes the need of a computer but provides a very elegant solution comprised of only a Server and a DAC, for an extraordinary musical and ergonomic experience. The MERGING+NADAC has been winning critical acclaim across the globe and combines the experience gained in professional and broadcast audio with the ability to deliver a performance capable of meeting the demands of the most stringent audiophile. Dominique Brulhart, Merging’s Head of Software Development and NADAC Product Manager, has been demonstrating the MERGING+NADAC at shows globally and notes; “Most people who purchased, tested or reviewed our DAC during the past year not only were amazed by its superior sound quality but definitely appreciated the advantages that RAVENNA offers. We are then delighted that RAVENNA now finds a new major adopter with Melco. As RAVENNA is an open and non-proprietary protocol, we have no doubt that this technology will be largely deployed in a near future in other audiophile products as the perfect solution for carrying safely and elegantly high resolution music between high-end equipment, the base for a new clock accurate, precise, robust, flexible and ergonomic ecosystem.’’
The upgrades to ensure RAVENNA compatibility take the form of a firmware update that Melco will be making available free of charge to all customers shortly. This is compatible both with the recently announced trio of new models and the existing product line that introduced Melco to the public and that has been a considerable success both in the UK and abroad.
About MELCO – www.melco-audio.com
MELCO, which stands for Maki Engineering Laboratory Company, was established by Makoto Maki in 1975 in Japan. Maki, an enthusiastic audiophile, established the company to design and manufacture the finest audio components of the time – the undoubted masterpiece of the MELCO line being the turntable, introduced into the UK in 1980, which set new standards in music reproduction.
From those early beginnings MELCO developed into the largest computer peripherals manufacturer in Japan (Buffalo Inc.), offering advanced products based on rigorous R&D, including Wireless routers, Ethernet Data Switches and storage devices such as NAS drives.
Now the Company is proud to revive the highly-respected MELCO brand, offering discerning audiophiles high technology networked audio components in the spirit of those much revered early MELCO products, while incorporating the very latest research into reliable high performance networked devices and storage.
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