Has anyone had any experience with Melco S100 network switch? I’m thinking about purchasing one and would like some info prior to purchase.
Cheese ‘n’ crackers, not again.
Here comes 1000+ posts from those who hear a difference with Melco and from everybody else.
Here’s a taste -
“especially for the heavy traffic created in a Roon environment, as well as for streaming services such as TIDAL and Qobuz, where the data has been seriously compromised on its journey from the distant servers into the user’s home. The S100 restores the magic of the source stream”
I do believe a carefully engineered switch can make some difference (in fact I have an EtherRegen coming) but… c’mon!
It’s not surprising that there are misconceptions about this topic, when you have manufacturers saying things like:
Alan Ainslie , Melco Audio’s General Manager, told StereoNET :
With the acclaimed Melco N1 series, we eliminated the data switch from the data path (server to player) and lifted sound quality hugely. But it was still clear that the rest of the network was having an effect. It was, perhaps, less obvious on lesser systems, but as soon as we fixed everything else, it remained a na…
Maybe it will mercifully be closed as this one was -
In a topic which is now closed, I said that I would borrow one of these switches from my dealer, and a number of people asked me to post the results.
I did that a week ago, and I have to report that I was astonished at the improvement. I had to do a bit of an ‘arm wrestle’ with the dealer to be allowed to to buy it. Apparently there is quite a backlog on order.
About 6 months ago I borrowed Melco’s D100 ripper (€1k) and was sufficiently impressed that I re-ripped about 2,400 CDs.
When I repla…
I find it hard to believe there aren’t better ways to spend two grand on your hi-fi system. Are you sure you are not clutching at very expensive straws? Could it not be time to revise your whole approach and see if there’s a better way out of whatever problem you think this will solve?
There are a number of solutions out there now that offer some protection from switch self noise and network borne noise. My experience is that they can have a positive impact on the listener experience. But I have no direct experience of the Melco.