Aurender N30 - To stay competitive in 2021

I have the Synergistic Research fuses installed.
(1) Master on the EMM Labs DV2 and (1) Master on the Aurender N30 music server.
While I had the components open, I also added a little Mad Scientist Graphene on some of the contacts, including the fuses.
Right when I powered the system up, no bass at all, kinda weird?
I had to check if the subs were functioning.
Only took about a day for things to shape up.
Supposed to take about 300 hours to burn in, but I like the improvement in sound so far.
Hard to describe, but it just sounds more relaxed and the music seems to flow effortlessly with improved imaging.
Haven't had time to sit and listen for an extended amount of time yet.
I am willing to pay the cost for the improvement, which hopefully only gets better in time!
Thanks.



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Congrats on the upgrade. What fuse did the Masters replace in each device? Did you ever try the Master just in one of two components? I'm trying to figure out if it will make more of a difference in my Innuos Statement Next Gen server or MSB Reference DAC
 
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Thanks!
I replaced the DV2 and the Aurender N30 fuses at the same time.
Master Fuse 2A Slow Blow
 
Hi all, I don’t know which thread to post my question. Pardon me. Has anyone compared the N30 with the Antipodes Oldra? They cost about the same.
 
Hi all, I don’t know which thread to post my question. Pardon me. Has anyone compared the N30 with the Antipodes Oldra? They cost about the same.
I've not heard them side by side but I have an Oladra as well as a Grimm MU1. Not too long ago, I compared my MU1 in a store to the Aurender N30sa. As such, I have a broad idea of how they compare. Do note that the performance of the Oladra and Grimm ties in heavily with Roon, which can vary according to the build. The Aurender on the other hand uses MPD which is said not to be influenced by updates.

I would say it's not a matter of quality but of personal preference as the two sound quite different. As far as I can tell based on my casual comparisons, the Aurender sounds tighter, more controlled, more articulate, and perhaps slightly more revealing, while the Oladra counters with a fuller bass and a more saturated, more free-flowing and more organic sound.
 
I've not heard them side by side but I have an Oladra as well as a Grimm MU1. Not too long ago, I compared my MU1 in a store to the Aurender N30sa. As such, I have a broad idea of how they compare. Do note that the performance of the Oladra and Grimm ties in heavily with Roon, which can vary according to the build. The Aurender on the other hand uses MPD which is said not to be influenced by updates.

I would say it's not a matter of quality but of personal preference as the two sound quite different. As far as I can tell based on my casual comparisons, the Aurender sounds tighter, more controlled, more articulate, and perhaps slightly more revealing, while the Oladra counters with a fuller bass and a more saturated, more free-flowing and more organic sound.
Thanks a lot.
 
From an Antipodes and Aurender owner...I had problems with an Antipodes K50. The K50 would not recognize USB drives, and sometimes would not connect to the network. Two live remote sessions with Antipodes did not solve the problem, and I eventually returned the K50 for credit toward a different streamer/server.

I had no similar USB or network issues with streamers from Lumin, SGC, Auralic, Innuos and Rockna.

Two years later, I bought an Aurender N30SA, and have had no problems whatsoever.

I can't compare their sound, as the time period between owning them is too long.

I can say the N30SA is the first streamer/server I have owned that is clearly steps above others I have owned or auditioned.
 
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From an Antipodes and Aurender owner...I had problems with an Antipodes K50. The K50 would not recognize USB drives, and sometimes would not connect to the network. Two live remote sessions with Antipodes did not solve the problem, and I eventually returned the K50 for credit toward a different streamer/server.

I had no similar USB or network issues with streamers from Lumin, SGC, Auralic, Innuos and Rockna.

Two years later, I bought an Aurender N30SA, and have had no problems whatsoever.

I can't compare their sound, as the time period between owning them is too long.

I can say the N30SA is the first streamer/server I have owned that is clearly steps above others I have owned or auditioned.
I have home demo’ed the K50 for a few days which had been upgraded to latest generation. Not sure what the upgrade entailed. I used USB to connect it with my MSB Select via a proUSB/proISL module and had no problem. I do think the K50 is on the warm sounding side.
 
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