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Melco’s new N50-H60 hits the price/performance sweet spot

Melco’s new N50-H60 hits the price/performance sweet spot

The 6 TB Japanese-made N50 HDD bridges the gap between the entry-level N100 and the compact N1Z.

Tokyo, Japan, 27th September 2022: Melco Audio, the Japanese digital music expert, has announced a new full-width HDD model that perfectly bridges the gap between the entry-level N100 and the compact N1Z, whilst offering a sizeable 6 TB audiophile-grade drive.

Handcrafted in Japan, in line with all of Melco’s music libraries, the new N50-H60 offers key performance upgrades over Melco’s most affordable music library, the half-width N100, whilst benefitting from greater accessibility over the N1Z/2EX-H50; all three are HDD-based.

A full-width design, the high-capacity N50-H60, which is available in silver or black, enjoys the classic aesthetics of Melco’s full-width predecessor, the N1A, with wide-ranging internal upgrades to power supplies, circuity and drive unit performance. The N50-H60 retains the 1.7 mm-thick chassis, IEC power inlet and noise filter and timeless Melco appearance.

Key to the performance of the new N50-H60is an enhanced main circuit board with a specially selected, generous capacity 6 TB HDD drive coupled to a brand new rigid HDD mounter carefully floated inside the chassis for greater isolation. Additional audiophile-quality storage capacity can also be added with Melco’s E100 3 TB HDD drive.

The new model also adds a new dynamic PSU with 25 % more output, plus re-engineered isolation feet for additional protection from unwanted vibration.  

The new N50-H60 also offers Melco’s famous ease of use and operation. Accordingly, the rear panel includes four specific USB ports: USB 3.0; EXPANSION; BACK UP; plus a dedicated USB DAC output for USB convertors and USB DAC-equipped amplifiers/active speakers. The USB suite enables connected devices to operate effortlessly (without any configuration) offering: importing/playback from memory devices, HDD/SSD drives and CD drives/rippers; capacity expansion with Melco’s E100 (or other) storage drive; plus easy back-up.

In line with Melco’s trusted audiophile credentials, the back panel also includes a key Melco USP: dedicated dual Ethernet ports which provide a dedicated PLAYER port in addition to the LAN port, to minimise the unwanted effects of noise on the music signal and present network audio players with a direct, high data-integrity connection.

The N50-H60 can be connected to a streamer (via Ethernet) using the PLAYER port, or used as a local player with the dedicated USB DAC output.

The N50-H60 benefits from a high-quality OLED display with push-button control, plus Melco’s Intelligent Music Library suite comprising MinimServer and SongKong software.

The library is Roon Ready, DSD compatible and offers app control via DLNA/UPnP (in USB DAC mode) with support for TIDAL, Qobuz and vTuner streaming. Qobuz Downloader and also enable direct, high-res downloads without the need for a computer.

The new HDD model follows the October 2021-announced N50-S38 (£4,999) which is differentiated by the use of a high-performance SSD drive for improved sound quality.

Price and availability

The Japanese-made N50-H60 is available now in silver or black, priced at £2,999.


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Melco press contact

Dan George: +44 (0)7899 808918

UK distributor
Audiophile Digital Music Masters Ltd. +44 (0)1252 784525

International distributors

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