First off, it can be connected to the USB 3 port on a Melco Digital Music Library (be it mk1 or mk2 model) and can be used for high precision CD ripping and/or be used as a CD transport (in order for CD playback to function your Melco be connected to a USB-DAC).
Comparing the quality of a rip done on the D100 to the same CD ripped on a conventional IT peripheral drive (even Buffalo’s own connected to a Melco) is quite a revelation. On the face of it the D100 shouldn’t make a difference (0’s and 1’s and all that) unfortunately the reality of it is quite different. The better someone’s system is in terms of being transparent and revealing the bigger the difference the D100 will make.
Likewise using the D100 as a CD transport – this combination is likely to embarrass some well regarded CD players.
The D100 is a heavily optimised CD mechanism, using a custom made PCB which has been optimised from an audiophile point of view (better capacitors and high quality clock generator) to promise the highest quality transport and ripping of CD’s into the Melco Music Library.
It can be turned off with the dedicated power switch and the case is designed the same concept as most recent MELCO music library products, weighing in a 3.5kg build quality is excellent. It has a 2mm thick under chassis supports the whole case with great rigidity.
Its beautifully designed thick aluminum case is half of the size of the N1A so won’t take up too much space.
If you don’t own a Melco don’t worry you can connect a D100 to a PC or Mac to take advantage of the D100’s precision ripping – so if you have UPnP streamer like a Naim, Linn, Lumin etc and a conventional NAS drive – the D100 will act as a significant upgrade for ripping discs.
Initial stock is a little thin on the ground, please get in touch to confirm availability.