MERGING+PLAYER restores the concept of the audiophile music server and makes your life simple again. The combination of the best music player available and the best sounding DAC allows you to access your music library from a tablet and connect directly to your amplifier or listen on headphones with the purest sound ever. It doesn’t get any simpler!
MERGING+NADAC, as a concept, challenged the convention of USB connection. RAVENNA is a far more efficient and qualitative connection standard and brings the flexibility of the network to your home audiophile installation. In the same vein and as a logical next step, MERGING+PLAYER challenges the convention of having a computer in your living room! The computer contributes nothing to the listening or the ergonomic experience of enjoying your music library, but hitherto, it has been the only way to run your favourite player software linking your high-resolution music files to your favourite DAC.
MERGING+PLAYER delivers a genuinely audiophile crafted turnkey solution while still enjoying the flexibility of regular updates, new features and new services offered by today’s software applications. Remember what mobile phones were before becoming smartphones!
Merging is the expert in DSD, multichannel and mastering grade sound purity. The 27 Grammy® Award nominations for 2017 once again demonstrate the domination of Merging equipment in all categories. Roon offers unrivaled usability with regular enhancements; Roon’s latest 1.3 version being the perfect example of how a simple update can revolutionize the pleasure of listening to your favourite music.
You can sit back and not just listen; you can discover all you want to know about the music, the musicians, the composer, concert dates and reviews and more. You can control your listening level, map your channels, check the dynamic range of your track, read the liner notes, organise your playlist or even equalize your room without using anything more than your Roon application.
2 Balanced on 3-pin male XLR
2 Unbalanced RCA Phono connectors
Separate headphone sockets with 1/4" jack and mini-jack ( when connected to a network, the headphones and main outputs may be driven by different source if required)
Connects from the computer using standard ASIO on Windows and CoreAudio on Mac
Allows cable runs up to 100m on a single Cat5e or Cat6 cable, with possible repeaters, hubs or switches
Asynchronous communication. The MERGING+NADAC controls the rate at which the digital audio data is sent to the DAC, not the computer or the player
Ultra-precise communication clocking driven by the DAC…. Precision Time Protocol is at the heart of RAVENNA, ensuring a clock resolution of one nanosecond
AES/EBU on 3-pin female XLR connector (44.1kHz - 192kHz PCM)
SPDIF Optical on Toslink connector (44.1kHz - 96kHz PCM)
SPDIF Coaxial on RCA Phono (44.1kHz - 96kHz PCM)
Word Clock Input. BNC connector
MERGING+PLAYER offers two additional USB ports to connect music libraries on USB drives or memory sticks and allow for maintenance and system recovery.
This open and published IP network technology had been created to meet the demands of national broadcasters and focused on essential requirements of extremely accurate clocking, high resistance to packet loss and very low latency. Initially it did not encompass high PCM sampling rates and certainly not DSD. However, it was not difficult to make changes to allow that, so Merging worked closely with the developers to make sure that sufficient channels at up to DSD256 could be handled with an accuracy that exceeded anything previously available. It remains the only logical choice for the professional and the audiophile and is now available in MERGING+NADAC. The added bonus to using an advanced networking solution is being able to send and receive control information as well as audio data. This opened up exciting possibilities in the studio and now you can enjoy these same benefits in your own home.