The Melco S100 is quite an unusual architecture compared to an IT dataswitch.
There are four 100Mb RJ45 ports – these provide the best audio quality.
There are four 1Gb ports – these are ideal for PC connectivity, and are ideal for the Roon Core processor which generates high traffic flow.
Key to creating a stable and resilient data stream for extreme Hi-Res streaming is
the Packet Buffer and S100 has 1.5MB of buffer capability to deal with erratic external connectivity.
Audio techniques are used in the power supply implementation with a bank of audio-grade capacitors to ensure the lowest noise environment.
Mechanical stability contributes to system performance and the S100 is built on a rigid steel chassis with total screening provided by the totally metal enclosure which matches Melco audio NAS components.
Power supplies are external to the S100 giving good isolation and allowing for future upgrade to external linear power supplies.
Network Digital Music Players – Streamers.
The Ethernet network is the signal connectivity to every network Player or Streamer from the data-store or NAS.
Similarly Streaming Services such as TIDAL and Qobuz originate in remote servers and connect to the network Player through the dataswitch.
Any damage to packet data, timing, packet order, noise, or intrusive data, damages the overall musical performance.
IT switches are optimised for speed and throughput – not signal integrity.
Melco S100, using the 100Mb ports achieves the best possible performance from every brand of network Player or Streamer regardless of the source.