14th September 2020, Surrey, UK: Melco’s new EX Series of digital music libraries will soon benefit from Roon compatibility. The Japanese specialist’s five-strong EX Series product line up, which saw the introduction of the powerful Melco Intelligent Music Library (MIML) software, vTuner Internet radio and web control at the start of 2020, will gain Roon Ready convenience following a firmware rollout (4.04) downloadable from the Melco Audio website (USB download) from Monday the 14th of September 2020. A further over-the-air update (4.10) is expected later in the year.
EX Series Melco owners will be able to update to 4.10 firmware from the front panel OLED display as soon as the update becomes available. Legacy Melco owners can also access the new firmware with an EX Series update; Melco dealers are able to advise.
Melco’s Roon implementation will introduce the option of Roon streaming in addition to Melco’s audiophile MIML software suite (SongKong and MinimServer), which has been meticulously engineered for optimum sound quality, whilst providing an unrivalled user experience, thanks to SongKong’s powerful metadata functionality. Updated Melco libraries will allow Roon to operate (as alternative to UPnP) when configured with a USB DAC.
Being Roon Ready means that Melco devices now integrate a customised version of Roon’s RAAT streaming technology directly into the device, providing the user with an incredible user interface, simple setup, rock-solid daily reliability and the highest levels of audio performance in the industry.
Melco Audio’s UK-based General Manager Dan Raggett said, “I’m delighted to announce our partnership with Roon who has quickly made big strides in the audio market. Many Melco customers enjoy using Roon already, so combining the superb sound quality Melco is internationally known for plus Roon on the Melco platform, now brings a better-than-ever range of libraries to music lovers. Huge thanks should also go to the team in Japan (and the UK and US) for the hard work that has gone into bringing Roon to Melco.”
Following the firmware update, all global EX Series Melco libraries will become Roon Ready, however, Japan will follow at slightly a later date.
Melco press contact/review samples of the new EX Series now with Roon and MIML
Dan George: +44 (0)7899 808918 [email protected]
Melco’s UK distributor Audiophile Digital Music Masters (ADMM) contact details
+44 (0)1252 784525
Melco (Maki Engineering Laboratory Company) was established by Makoto Maki in 1975 in Japan. Maki, an enthusiastic audiophile, established the company to design and manufacture the finest audio components of the time; the undoubted masterpiece of the Melco line was the turntable (introduced into the UK in 1980) which set new standards in music reproduction.
From those early beginnings, Melco developed into the largest computer peripherals manufacturer in Japan (Buffalo Inc.), offering advanced products based on rigorous R&D. These included wireless routers, ethernet data switches and storage devices such as NAS drives. Now, the company is proud to revive the highly respected Melco brand, offering discerning audiophiles high-technology network audio components in the spirit of those much-revered early Melco products, while incorporating the very latest research into reliable, high-performance networked devices and storage.
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