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2017 Network Setup Guide - recommended devices & Software
2017-09-22, 17:22
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RE: 2017 Network Setup Guide - recommended devices & Software
(2017-09-21 12:00)solanum Wrote:  Oh and Buffalo have traditionally made relatively cheap low end consumer grade electronics, so if they own Melco....

Without commenting on the issue (I'll do that in another thread at another time), I should point out that Buffalo is Melco, not the other way round. Melco (making audio products) came before Buffalo, the network products and hard drive manufacturer; it's all the same company, with AFAIK the same management. For their audio products, they are, unsurprisingly, using the original Melco brand.

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2017-09-22, 21:32
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RE: 2017 Network Setup Guide - recommended devices & Software
(2017-09-22 17:22)DavidHB Wrote:  
(2017-09-21 12:00)solanum Wrote:  Oh and Buffalo have traditionally made relatively cheap low end consumer grade electronics, so if they own Melco....

Without commenting on the issue (I'll do that in another thread at another time), I should point out that Buffalo is Melco, not the other way round. Melco (making audio products) came before Buffalo, the network products and hard drive manufacturer; it's all the same company, with AFAIK the same management. For their audio products, they are, unsurprisingly, using the original Melco brand.

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Ah, OK. In fairness, I should also note that, whilst I make a slightly jocular inference in that comment based on my knowledge of Buffalo products and see no reasonable mechanism whereby a NAS can have any affect on sound quality at all, I am not suggesting that there are no other reasons for using Melco products (which may well be of excellent quality and of which I have no direct experience).

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2017-09-22, 23:47
Post: #23
RE: 2017 Network Setup Guide - recommended devices & Software
(2017-09-22 21:32)solanum Wrote:  In fairness, I should also note that, whilst I make a slightly jocular inference in that comment based on my knowledge of Buffalo products and see no reasonable mechanism whereby a NAS can have any affect on sound quality at all, I am not suggesting that there are no other reasons for using Melco products (which may well be of excellent quality and of which I have no direct experience).

Again sticking to facts, the Melco is not marketed as a NAS; indeed, it is simply called a 'Melco' on the manufacturer's website. With its slow network connection and functionally limited software, it would make a pretty poor general purpose NAS in any case.

What the Melco does have, albeit irrelevant to Linn owners, is an onboard renderer for use with a USB DAC. I haven't heard it in that configuration, but I guess that the Melco plus DAC combination would make a viable streaming system, which might be a reason for buying it. In that use case, the 'audio quality' components used in the product might be of use in reducing noise and jitter.

As regards the use of a Melco with a DS/DSM, yes I have heard an N1A/2 in that configuration, and yes there was a slight change in sound quality compared with the inexpensive NAS on the same network, serving the same track to a KDSM. The change was such that I'd have had to listen to it for a lot longer than the time I had available to decide whether or not it was an improvement. Either way, it was easy to conclude that in my system there were better ways of spending the price of a Melco to improve sound quality.

I still regard the whole Melco thing as a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand, it is clearly intended to be a serious product, from a manufacturer with both a reputation to lose and the capability to produce specialist grade components in house. On the other hand, apart from the measures taken to reduce and suppress network noise, I find the concept of the product more than a bit unconvincing. The brief listening test I had did not change this view, but I don't regard it as conclusive, either.

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