Absolute Sound awards W20SE best Servers 2023 over $10k award
"The “SE” model that replaces the W20 adds a host of functional and performance upgrades that promises to maintain this music server’s status as a reference product. The spinning hard drives have been replaced by 4TB of solid-state memory, and the internal cache memory has been expanded to 1TB (from 240GB). The switching power supply has been replaced with a linear supply; the clock has been upgraded; the unit now supports up to DSD512; it offers improved filtering and isolation of the LAN port; and the user can engage integral PCM upsampling to 384kHz. MQA “Core” decoding is now standard (Core decoding “unfolds” the MQA signal to 88.2 or 96k sample rate). On top of these improvements, the W20 still offers the best user interface and music-management software of any server"
Engineered to entirely eliminate noise from AC power supplies and AC mains, W20 utilizes LiFePO4 (LFP) batteries and linear power to power audio components. This engineering breakthrough is complemented by an All Digital Phase Locked Loop system with a newly upgraded OCXO clock to eradicate jitter from the equation. Need storage for your collection? A massive 4TB solid-state drive stores the most serious music collections while a 1TB solid-state drive gives you the benefits of cache playback.
W20SE literally has and does everything, extending to its 3.7-inch AMOLED screen. Overbuilt to the extremes with a fan-less switching mode power supply, isolated and damped drives, and an internal UPS to protect against power surges, W20SE comes with a full suite of connectivity to accommodate any conceivable setup or high-resolution listening option.
Not to be outdone, Aurender's award-winning Conductor app makes song management and playback a cinch, and turns your iPad into the coolest full-function controller ever devised.
Unparalleled Technology: LiFePO4 (LFP) Batteries Completely Eliminate Noise from the AC
Jitter and noise seriously affect DAC performance. W20SE completely eliminates noise from AC power supplies and AC mains through the use of LiFePO4 (LFP) batteries and linear power to power audio components. This completely isolates audio components from ground noise and also eliminates jitter incurred in converting AC to DC.
Mastering Studio Quality: External Word Clock Support and Dual-Wire AES/EBU Mode
Word Clocks are used in recording studios to synchronize timing between devices and ensure jitter-free and time-perfect data transmission. W20SE supports both word clock (dCS DACs or similar) and master clocks (MSB DACs or similar).
Reference-Grade Oven-Controlled Crystal Oscillator (OCXO) Slays Jitter
OCXOs are among the most accurate and stable clocks in use and are significantly more accurate and stable than commonly used crystal oscillators usually found in computers. Temperature changes cause crystal oscillations to fluctuate, which can lead to jitter in the digital audio signal. Moreover, ordinary crystals are less stable and lose accuracy over time. In OCXO clocks, a very stable, high-grade crystal oscillator is enclosed in a compartment and kept at a constant temperature to prevent jitter from temperature fluctuations.
4TB Solid-State Drive Storage with 1TB Solid-State Drive for Cache Playback
A solid-state drive provides 4TB of storage and a 1TB solid-state drive is used to cache music for playback.
Full Suite of Digital Audio Outputs and Ports, Internal UPS Protects from Power Surges
W20SE is equipped with various SPDIF outputs (BNC, AES/EBU, coaxial, optical) and one dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0 output. For network connectivity and file transfers, W20SE comes with one Gigabyte Ethernet port and two USB 2.0 data ports. In addition, W20SE hosts the third bank of batteries that acts as an uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). Should any sudden power outages occur, W20SE will shut down safely.
Built to the Extremes: Fan-Less Switching Mode Power Supply and Damped Drives
A fanless Switching Mode Power Supply delivers stable power to non-audio components and is enclosed in a separate compartment to prevent any interference to other components. W20SE's internal hard disk drives are suspended on floating brackets to minimize vibrations and housed in a machined aluminum compartment for complete isolation.
Experience the Award-Winning Conductor App
Aurender's award-winning Conductor App turns your iPad into a versatile user interface for W20SE. All settings and functions of W20SE can be easily accessed through the Settings menu, and Conductor comes with extensive features to make managing, viewing, and playing high-resolution music collections a breeze. Offering unparalleled support, sending a Remote Support Request using the Aurender Conductor App allows Aurender engineers to quickly diagnose and fix problems over the Internet.
Dedicated USB 2.0 Output with Ultra-Low-Noise Power Circuitry
W20SE's dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0 output is designed to deliver an exceptionally transparent audio signal free of noise and is shielded from outside electronic interference. When not in use, the power to the USB audio output can be shut off depending on the USB DAC's requirement.
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- Compatible Formats - DSD (DSF, DFF), WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, M4A, APE, and others
- Bit and Sample Rates - DSD SPDIF/AES Single: DSD64 through DoP, DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512 through DSD to PCM (88.2 and 176.4 kHz) AES Dual: DSD64 and DSD128 through DoP, DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512 through DSD to PCM (88.2, 176.4 & 352.8kHz) USB: 32-bit / 384kHz, 1-bit, 2.8MHz (DSD64); 1-bit, 5.6MHz (DSD128), 11.2MHz (DSD256), 22.4MHz (DSD512)
- DSD to PCM - DSD64/128/256/512 to 88.2/176.4/352.8kHz (Dual wire only)
- Width - Full-Size (430 mm / 16.93 in)
- Height - 106 mm / 4.17 in
- Length - 370 mm / 14.6 in
- Weight - 21.1kg / 46.5 lbs
- SSD for System and Cache - 1T
- Music Storage - 4TB SSD (2.5″ 4TB x 1)
- Power Supply - Battery + Linear
- Display - Dual 3.7″ AMOLED
- Digital Audio Outputs - USB, COAX, Optical, BNC, AES/EBU x 2 (Dual-Wire)
- Master Clock Input - Word Clock or Master Clock Input (BNC) 10MHz, 12.8MHz (44.1kHz and 48kHz multiples from 1 to 512), Input impedance 75Ω
- Other In/Outs - Double isolated Gigabit Ethernet, USB Port x 2
- Power Consumption - Play (40W), Peak (70W), Standby (3.5W)
- Warranty 2 years