A15

Ultra High-Performance Analog Output Network Player
MQA Full-Decoder DAC
2 x Slot for 2.5″ HDD or SSD Drive (user-installable)
Variable-Output Balanced XLR and Single-Ended RCA Analog Outputs
USB Digital Output / Coaxial and Optical Digital Inputs

A15

High-End sound, lifestyle convenience

Ultra High-Performance Analog Output Network Player with Dual-Mono MQA Full-Decoder DAC, RCA + Balanced XLR Analog Outputs

Elegant Simplicity

The revolutionary A10 changed the paradigm for Aurender by introducing our first music server/streamer with a built-in DAC. A15 is the upgraded replacement of A10, featuring many new features and audible improvements.

And, while it’s a true high performance all-in-one Digital Source Component, it is priced to be highly competitive with comparable separate DAC & Transport setups. A15 is performance-packed with balanced analog outputs and a resolving dual-mono AKM4490 digital-to-analog convertor with MQA full-decoder technology. As with all of Aurender’s “A” series, A15 is designed to take full advantage of the vast selection of MQA encoded music available today. It also has two rear panel bays which can accommodate user-installable 2.5″ HDDs or SSDs of up to 8TB each to store the largest of music libraries. An elegant front panel display shows album cover art along with artist name and song title in living color.

A15 is a great choice for the devoted audiophile replacing an aging CD player, laptop or just for wanting the inherent simplicity of a great sounding one-box source component.

Key Features

Dual Mono MQA Full-Decoder DAC

At the heart of A15 is a dual-mono configuration of the exquisite AKM4490 DAC chipset. With a resolved, smooth sonic signature that is free of etched “digital” harshness, A15 is a source of musical purity in any system. In addition to delivering the highest possible audio performance that the MQA process offers, A15’s built-in DAC also decodes PCM up to 32-bit/768kHz, and DSD up to DSD512.

Linear Power Supply with Integrated UPS

In sensitive digital source components, the power supply plays a critical role in the overall sonic presentation. A15’s fully-linear power supply structure incorporates four audiophile-grade toroidal transformers, along with advanced shielding and isolation, to prevent noise from being introduced to the signal path at this stage.

User-Installable Storage Options

A15 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.

FPGA-Based Precision Clock

A high-precision clock generation system incorporating Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) runs A15’s DAC section. An extremely accurate sub 100fs clock generator precisely times the digital audio data transmission to reduce jitter well below negligible levels.

Variable Output XLR & RCA Outputs

A15’s high quality Balanced (XLR) and Unbalanced (RCA) outputs guarantee compatibility with any preamp, integrated amp, or even power amps! DAC-level lossless volume control enables A15 to function as a preamp when connected directly to a power amplifier.

Digital Connectivity

Coaxial and Optical digital inputs are included for the connection of additional digital sources such as a CD transport, TV, etc. Any device connected this way will take full advantage of the superior sound quality of the DAC within the A15.

Hallmarks of Aurender

Hardware <> Software Integration

A closed system. Aurender playback and control software is developed in the same building as its hardware. Superior integration means that Aurender’s software engineers are able to specifically optimize playback performance of the extremely robust hardware at their disposal.

Caching Playback Engine

Other systems buffer. Aurenders cache. Every Aurender model features a massive solid state memory from which all playback occurs. This important feature helps to minimize system resource requirements for enhanced audio performance and stability.

Dedicated USB Audio Output

USB is prone to transferring noise between devices. Aurender’s dedicated USB Audio output is physically and electrically isolated from the noise-generating CPU board to minimize noise in the sensitive audio interconnect.

Low-Power High-Efficiency CPU

A powerful CPU is essential to making any computer run smoothly and quickly. However, with more power comes more noise. Aurender’s low-power high-efficiency Intel CPUs have enough headroom to run the machine while minimizing the amount of current drawn in order to keep the noise floor as low as possible.

Elegant Front Panel Display

Easy to read high resolution LCD display. Dynamic, elegant, understated.

Double Isolated LAN Port

Two layers of transformer based isolation to filter noise out of Ethernet connection.

Local Library Storage Capacity

Every Aurender contains either massive built-in internal storage capacity, or at least one slot for super easy user-installable storage options. Enjoy localized media storage, and ditch the cumbersome NAS or HDD.

Integrated Streaming Services

The entire world of streaming music content is available to you within one great app. Enjoy integrated access to TIDAL, Qobuz, and Internet Radio. Plus Spotify Connect and AirPlay.

Critical Listening Mode

Enable Critical Listening Mode to defeat the front panel screen, buttons, and all background computing activity that is not essential for playing music. CLM offers an even quieter, more transparent audio presentation.

USB HDD and NAS Connectivity

The best user experience occurs when your music content is stored on Aurender’s internal storage. However, USB 3.0 data ports and NAS share connectivity are included in order to play or import content stored on a NAS, external USB hard drive, or thumb drive.

Support for All Major Audio Codecs & Formats
Remote Internet Technical Support

In case you should encounter any difficulty or problems, Aurender’s dedicated support team may log into your system remotely to diagnose and fix any issues. We take support extremely seriously, and we’re here to help!

MQA Core-Decoder Upgrade Available

Physical Specifications

Dimensions W16.9″ x D14″ x H3.8″ (3.3″ w/o feet)
Weight 26.2 lb
Material Machined Aluminum Chassis
Front Panel Display 6.9″ 1280 x 480 Wide IPS Color LCD

Technical Specifications

Power Supply Full Linear, 1x50W (CPU), 2x25W (DAC L&R), 1x25W (FPGA)
CPU Intel Low Power Quad Core
RAM 8GB
Library Storage Capacity 2X 2.5″ Compartments (User-Installable Storage)
SSD for System & Cache 240GB NVME
Data USB Ports 2X USB 3.0 (Rear)
Software Suite Aurender Conductor
Ethernet Port Double-Isolated Gigabit LAN
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
Yes (Super Capacitors)
Power Consumption Play (29W), Peak (42W), Standby (7W)
CD Ripping Capability N/A

Audio Specifications

Analog Outputs RCA (Unbalanced), XLR (Balanced)
DAC Chipset AKM 4490 – Dual-Mono
Audio Word Clock TCXO
Analog Outputs Supported Format PCM: Up to 32-bit / 768 kHz; DSD: Up to DSD256, + DSD512 (Converted to PCM)
Digital Outputs USB Audio (Dedicated)
USB Output Supported Format Up To 32-bit / 384 kHz, DSD128 (DoP), DSD256 (Native)
SPDIF & AES/EBU Output Supported Format N/A
Digital Inputs 1X Optical/Toslink, 2X Coax RCA
Headphone Section
N/A
Master Clock Input N/A
MQA Support MQA Full-Decoder On Board
Compatible Formats DSD (DSF, DFF), WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, M4A, APE and others
DSD-to-PCM Conversion N/A

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