Aurender N20

Sale price$12,500.00

Color: Black

Aurender N20

Aurender n20 front marketing photo

The New Aspiration

“The Aurender N20 hits the bullseye with simplicity, stability, speed, and sound quality. The product is as simple as possible, but no simpler”, said and we couldn’t agree more.

N20 sits in the enviable “sweet spot” of cost vs. performance in the middle of Aurender's range of digital source components. Equally at home in a cost-no-object system or as the cornerstone of a more modest system, N20 is designed to be connected to the world's best high-quality DACs. the N20 features ultra high-end SPDIF (Coaxial, BNC, Optical) and AES/EBU outputs in addition to an isolated USB Audio output. The SPDIF digital output suite is controlled by a precise OCXO clock for long-term jitter reduction, achieving the perfect marriage of low noise and low jitter. A word clock or master clock input is also provided for users who wish to sync with an external clock. High-resolution file support for all major codecs goes to the extreme limits, and on-the-fly DSD-to-PCM conversion by FPGA is available for SPDIF outputs. N20 is equipped with two user-installable storage bays, allowing the user to select the drive type and capacity to meet their own needs. The handsome machined aluminum front panel features a large 8.8” full-color IPS LCD display that reproduces the album art, artist name and song title.

A true overachiever, the N20 fully embodies the virtues of high-end audio performance and user-friendliness expected from Aurender.

Aurender N20 connected in system diagram

Key Features

Flagship DNA in a Single Chassis Component

Although N30SA plays in a league of its own when it comes to resolution, timbral saturation, and lowering the noise-floor by physically separating the audio outputs into a separate chassis, N20 includes very nearly the same hardware features and benefits in a single chassis. For many music lovers and audiophiles, N20 is the promised land

Linear Power Supply with Integrated UPS

Clean power is the single most important factor in enjoying your favorite music with the highest fidelity from a digital source component. N20's unique hybrid power supply, on which the flagship N30SA is based, delivers a pure DC current to flawlessly power the digital audio output board, while a separate linear power supply chain feeds clean power to the non-audio adjacent components of the machine.

OCXO Clock Controlled Outputs

  • Aurender's Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator (OCXO) clocks are unique in a category that has historically treated superior SPDIF and AES/EBU audio outputs as an afterthought. Unlike USB, where the DAC's clock matters most, SPDIF and AES/EBU data streams are only as good as the transport clocks that govern them. N30SA, N20, and W20SE all employ exceptionally accurate and stable OCXO clocks for a smooth, saturated, and laser-focused audio presentation.

    Clock Input

    N20, N30SA, W20, and W20SE all feature a unique Clock Input for connectivity with an external Master Clock such as MC20. A superior Master Clock can make a good system sound uncannily realistic, giving a new literal meaning to "High Fidelity."

    8.8" Front Panel Display

    An impressive 8.8” full-color IPS LCD display reproduces the album art, artist name and song title in utter elegance.

    User-Installable Storage Options

    N20 is built with two trays for user-installable storage. Need a lot of capacity? Load up to 2 8TB SSDs! Not into storing files and prefer to stream? Leave them empty, and don't pay for storage capacity you won't use.

    PCM Upsampling

    N20 is capable of upsampling any lower resolution content up to 176.4/192kHz for better performance with some DACs. Upsampling effects only the system’s SPDIF digital outputs. USB is always bit-perfect with no digital signal processing.
  • Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions
    16.9"W x 14"W x 4.4"H (3.9"H)
    29.8 lb
    Machined Aluminum Chassis
    Front Panel Display
    8.8" 1920 x 480 Wide IPS Color LCD


    Technical Specifications

    Power Supply

    1x50W (CPU), 2x35W (4 cores) for Digital Output Board
    Intel Low Power Quad Core
    RAM 8GB
    Library Storage Capacity
    2X 2.5" Compartments (User-Installable Storage)
    SSD for System & Cache
    480GB NVME
    Data USB Ports
    2X USB 3.0 (Rear)
    Software Suite
    Aurender Conductor
    Ethernet Suite
    Double-Isolated Gigabit LAN
    Uniterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
    Yes (Super Capacitors)
    Power Consumption
    Play (40W), Peak (70W), Standby (3.5W)
    CD Ripping Capability N/A


    Audio Specifications

    Analog Outputs N/A
    DAC Chipset N/A
    Audio Word Clock OCXO
    Analog Outputs Supported Format N/A
    Digital Outputs
    USB Audio (Dedicated), AES/EBU (OCXO Controlled), BNC Coax SPDIF (OCXO Controlled), RCA Coax SPDIF (OCXO Controlled), Optical/TosLink SPDIF (OCXO Controlled)
    USB Output Supported Format
    Up To 32-bit / 384kHz, DSD128 (DoP), DSD512 (Native)
    SPDIF & AES/EBU Output Supported Format
    PCM: Up to 32-bit / 192 kHz; DSD: Up to DSD64 via DoP
    Digital Inputs
    Headphone Section
    Master Clock Input
    Coaxial BNC 75Ω - 10MHz, 12.8MHz, 44.1-48kHz (multiples from 1-512x)
    MQA Support
    MQA Core-Decoder Upgrade Available
    Compatible Formats
    DSD (DSF, DFF), WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, M4A, APE and others
    DSD-to-PCM Conversion
    DSD64/128/256/512 to 88.2/176.4kHz