The following guide is intended as an overview of your Aurender's hardware interface. Detailed installation information is found in the included Quick Start Guide and a comprehensive Conductor App Overview, ACS Manager App Overview and How-To guides are found in the Aurender Knowledge Base.
• Aurender ACS100
• Power Supply & AC Power Cord
• Quick Start Guide
Not included: An iOS (iPad or iPhone) or Android device is required to interface with and control your Aurender. The Aurender must be connected to a Local Area Network (LAN) via Ethernet (CAT5 or higher) in order to facilitate communication between your remote device and the Aurender. Please review the "Connect to Local Area Network (LAN)" section of the included Quick Start Guide for more information on network connectivity.
ACS100 is a NOT a high performance digital audio transport. It is intended as a companion piece to another Aurender for users who desire CD ripping, central storage, and library management functionality. Ideally, any other Aurender model should be used as the primary digital source component for a high-end stereo system.
ACS100 does not feature Aurender's hallmark dedicated USB AUDIO port, and its power supply architecture is not designed for high end audio.
However, it does have a USB 2.0 output. So, one may pair this model up with a high performance Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) for a complete digital front end solution if desired.
ACS10 functions as a complete music library management solution. With the built-in ability to create file-based content from CDs, edit metadata, move, rename, and delete files, it offers everything one needs to manage a complex digital music library - WITHOUT a traditional computer.
In-Depth library management tasks are accomplished via the companion ACS Manager application, available on iOS and Android devices.
AES/EBU and SPDIF outputs & inputs are universally compatible. However, with USB, compatibility between any two devices is not always guaranteed! Sometimes, special drivers or software provisions must be made to establish compatibility over USB. DACs that fully adhere to the USB Audio Class 2 (UAC2) protocol will be supported without issue.
For DSD playback, if the DAC supports the industry standard DoP protocol, then it will be compatible with Aurender's DSD output. DoP is a lossless, unadulterated transmission of DSD from source to DAC. It is NOT to be confused with DSD-to-PCM transcoding, which is usually less desirable from an audio performance perspective.
On some Aurender models (see "File Type & Resolution Support" comparison table below), "Native" DSD output is available via USB. However, only a very small handful of select DACs support "Native" DSD input FROM A LINUX BASED SOURCE. Most DACs that report Native DSD input only work with ASIO drivers for Windows computers. Native DSD compatibility must be detected and enabled on a case-by-case basis.
In general, if a DAC works with a Mac computer without the need for any custom drivers, it will work beautifully with Aurender servers as well. Consult your DAC manufacturer for confirmation of USB compatibility with a Linux based sourced component like Aurender.