Could the new Audender A30 be "the one" for a simple system?

If this replaces & consolidates the preamp, DAC, headphone amp, CD player/ripper and streamer, all you’d need is your amp and a phonostage. You’d save money in theory, even though this is $18k. I’d buy one! #NeedLottoMoney.

Of course there are other choices, and many people would not want to consolidate their DAC and preamp and prefer separates.

This would be a simple system: A30, amp and speakers (if you’re not a vinyl person). Robert Harley has extolled the wonders of the Aurender Conductor app for managing one’s digital music. I look forward to the reviews, especially of the DAC and headphone amp sections.


A30 is the flagship model from Aurender’s range of analog output digital music players. Like A10 and A100, A30 is, at its essence, a caching music server / streamer & DAC with internal storage and control via Aurender Conductor. The Aurender A30 also includes full MQA Decoder technology which enables you to play back full-resolution MQA audio files and streams, delivering the highest possible sound quality of the original master recording. What distinguishes A30 from the others is the pure audio performance and exhaustive feature set. Aurender have designed A30 to be the comprehensive digital focal point of your system providing useful aides not usually associated with a typical music server. Functions like CD ripping, a high-quality headphone amplifier, 10TB of internal storage, ultra-wide color LCD display and an integrated software suite of metadata editing and library management tools. All this, and much more, makes the A30 the new performance standard in all-in-one digital source components.


Thanks rockrider-- I THINK I'll be getting the A30 !!!!!!!! Bye Bye Acs 10 Hello A30-=-=


HI rockrider- have had the A30 for many months now and love it. Have not messed with filters ect. Any thoughts on what to try? Also at the end of your post I don't think I followed you on "phase + and - "  thanks Happy New Year


Glad you are loving your A30!

All the filter and phase settings can be changed from the Conductor App, so it is very easy to do A-B comparisons from your listening position. They are in the Settings>Advanced2 menu. 

I have settled on the following settings, but your preference might be totally different due to system, room, or hearing differences. 

  • Analog filter
    • Current Mode = Max
    • High Sound = Off
    • Heavy Load = Off
  • Digital filter
    • Super Slow Roll-off 1

You can also choose to upsample. This could be a benefit if you listen to a lot of CD quality files.  I haven’t detected any negatives from Aurender’s upsampling algorithm, therefore I leave it at 768 kHz. 

Keep in mind the settings can be dependent on each other.  I think part of the reason I prefer the Super Slow Rolloff 1 digital filter is I primarily listen to high res files and enable the 768 kHz upsampling. 

The phase + or - setting is not in the settings menu.  Instead it is associated with the volume control on the main Conductor screen for quick/easy access.  On my iPhone it is on the volume control screen.  On my iPad I need to slide the browse pane to the right to uncover it.  According to Aurender’s user guide “The "PH+/-" button will invert the phase to correct for out of phase recordings or wiring.”  Not all equipment is designed to preserve absolute polarity at inputs and outputs. Phase - swaps the plus and minus analog output signal (“inverts” the phase).  I have noticed an audible difference with my system, with the preferred setting typically presenting better focus and more ease. 

I also leave Critical Listening Mode Enabled as I think it gives a bit more transparency.  I also turn off the front display since nothing of value shows with critical listening mode engaged. 

Above all don’t worry, and enjoy the music!

Hope this helps. 

Happy New Year to you, and to everyone on Audiogon!

Happy New Year-- thanks for the info. Will dig into this week at some point-I hope

- any idea what the High Sound and Heavy Load are used for? thanks

@wjt3 said:   “any idea what the High Sound and Heavy Load are used for?”

Sorry, no clue what those descriptions mean.