The experts at the-ear have awarded the recently launched Melco N5-H50 digital music library – ‘Editors choice’.
Launched in May 2023 at the Munich High End Hi FI Show, the new N5-H50 shares many of the standout features seen in the new N1-S38 flagship, including its ground-up design, new platform, chassis and casework. The newcomer also benefits from the all-new mainboard developed for the top model.
Jason Kennedy finds that the N5 is an incredibly low noise device that makes most servers sound crude by comparison.
Read the full review here.
About the N5-H50
Handcrafted in Japan, the high-capacity N5-H50 enjoys the new aesthetics of Melco’s top-of-the-range N1. Retaining the audiophile credentials of the flagship, the N5-H50 gains an extreme grade of low-jitter system clock from NDK, industrial-quality RJ45 connectors for Melco’s trademark LAN port and dedicated PLAYER port, plus SFP Fibre (Small Form Factor Pluggable) connectivity, allowing the use of noise-isolating optical connectivity with suitably SFP-ready devices, or Melco’s entry-level S100/2 and flagship S10 data switches.
Hand-made in Japan, in line with all of Melco’s uncompromising digital libraries, the N5-H50’s precision-machined two-tone metalwork draws from the industrial design of the N1-S38 and benefits from highly stable chassis construction centred around a robust 3 mm stainless steel base plate to minimise unwanted vibration.