Optional dongles are available for dCS products to enable automatic word clock frequency control, and for Constellation pre-amplifiers to control volume and source selection through the Aurender App. For connection to MSB Technology DAC clocks, use the "Pro l2S to Clock" module from MSB.
* iPad and digital cables are not included Power Failure Protection The LiFePO4 battery power supply for the audio circuits also acts as an uninterruptible power supply. In the instance of any sudden power failures, the Aurender W20 will power down safely.
Please read the following instructions carefully before setting up the Aurender Music Player. • Be careful not to drop the device to avoid internal damage. • Do not disassemble the device. • Keep magnetic materials away from the Aurender to prevent any damage to data. • Do not expose the device to oil, dust, water, high humidity, or smoke. • Keep ventilation openings free from obstruction. • When cleaning, use only a soft cloth. Keep out of contact with water or other liquids. • All servicing must be performed by a qualified representative, or the warranty will be voided. • Unplug the AC power cord during severe lightning storms or when unused for a long period of time. • Unplug the device from the outlet only after completely turning off the unit. • Always turn the power off before connecting or disconnecting any cables. • Please note that hard drives can break down. It is important to back up your music collection periodically to a separate memory device. In the event of drive failure, Aurender is not responsible for any loss of data. The drive manufacturer will only replace faulty drives under warranty and do not compensate for any loss of data.
• Place your device on a flat, horizontal, and stable surface. • Keep away from heat sources, such as radiators. • Do not stack other products on top of the Aurender. • Allow space around the device for ventilation. • Do not place inside an enclosed cabinet.
Front and Rear Panel
1. On/Off or Standby Mode* The front panel power button may be assigned different functionality based on the user's configuration, using the Aurender Conductor App. In the default mode (out of the box, with no configuration), pressing the button will power the unit on and completely off. In the Standby mode (sleep mode, configured by the user using the Aurender Conductor App), pressing the button will put the unit into standby, and the unit will turn on instantly after it has been placed in standby. If you wish to turn the unit completely off while it is in standby mode, keep the front panel power button depressed until the button light begins to flash and then release. The flashing will stop when the unit is off. To switch the unit between the default and Standby modes, open the Aurender Conductor App and select the settings menu, and then select the Aurender tab. Scroll to the bottom to find the Standby Mode On/Off button.
* Please note that as of system software 4.5.58/5.5.58, Standby Mode has been removed. The unit is turned on, or off from the front panel button.
Please see the link for more information on the proper shutdown procedure for Aurender music servers:
- Power Off - 2. Display Menu Press to cycle through 4 display options: Song Information, Blue Level Meter, Brown Level Meter, and Playlist Menu. Songs from playlists may be selected using the four buttons on the right side of the front panel display. Use buttons 4 and 5 to scroll between playlists and button 2 to select a playlist. After the playlist is selected, press button 2 again to start playback. Once the playlist is selected, buttons 4 and 5 can be used to select songs within the selected playlist. To see the Device Information Display, please keep the button depressed for about three seconds until the display blinks, release the button and wait. The Device Information Display with details about Server name, LAN/Wi-Fi status, IP address, and other details will appear. To return to the normal display, press the button again. During power on and off, “Aurender” and the model number “W20” will be displayed.
3. Play/Pause Press to start or stop playback for songs in Queue.
4. Play Next Press once to skip to the next track.
5. Play Previous Press once to skip to the previous track.
6. AMOLED Display For display options, please refer to the section on the AMOLED Display.
1. AC Power Switch Press the top of the switch to power on, and the bottom to power off. The rear panel power switch should only be used to turn off the unit after it has been powered down properly. Abnormal shutdown or using the rear panel power button while the unit is in standby can cause a message to appear on the display stating that the unit is checking the system.
2. AC Power Socket Connect this using the AC Power cord to a power source/outlet.
3. Dedicated proprietary USB Audio Class 2.0 Output To connect to asynchronous USB DACs. (5V/1A). Can be turned off when not in use**, for better fidelity on SPDIF outputs.
**Please note that the feature to turn off the USB power has been removed due to possible issues with damage to the USB port on the unit or a USB DAC.
4. AES/EBU XLR Output Connects to an XLR input on a digital-to-analog converter. Please be sure to use a digital (110-ohm) interconnect that is of an optimal length. Consult your dealer for a suitable recommendation.
5. AES/EBU XLR Output The Aurender W20 has 2 AES/EBU XLR outputs to support dual-wire mode. May also be used in single wire mode.
6. Optical Output Connects to an optical input of a digital-to-analog converter.
7. Coaxial RCA Output (SPDIF) Connects to a digital coaxial input. (75-ohm)
8. Coaxial BNC (SPDIF) Output Connect to the BNC input of the digital-to-analog converter. (75-ohm)
9. Coaxial BNC Word Clock Input Connect to the BNC output of a master word clock. (75-ohm)
10. Gigabit Ethernet Port To connect to a network and Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices. The Aurender is able to stream music from a NAS drive. The ethernet cable to the network router should be connected before turning on the Aurender.
11, 12. USB 2.0 Data Ports Both ports can be used to copy files from USB memory devices. Either port can also be connected to dCS word clocks by using the optional USB to RS232 dongle. Connecting the dCS RS232 control cable will enable automatic clock selection between the Aurender W20 and the dCS Master Clock. These ports should not be used as audio outputs.
Warning! Before connecting audio cables, first check to see that all devices are grounded using grounded plugs and grounded sockets. In addition, all devices should be turned off, before connecting any audio or digital cables. If the devices are not grounded, a voltage potential difference between devices can cause a voltage surge through the audio cable that can weaken and eventually damage sensitive circuits in D/A converters and other devices.
- To set up the Aurender W20 Reference Music Player and iPad application, please follow the instructions below. Connect the Aurender to the following: - A power outlet using the AC power cord that came in the box. Check that the voltage marked on the rear panel matches the local voltage. - An ethernet port on a network switch (this is often built into your wireless router), using a CAT5, CAT5E, or CAT6 ethernet patch cable. Please note that if you do not have a hardwired connection to your local area network where you wish to locate the Aurender music server, there are optional accessories that can utilize your mains AC power to create an ethernet connection (known as ethernet over mains adapters), or RG6 Coax cabling can also be adapted to an ethernet connection (known as a MoCA adapter). Both options are preferential to a wireless ethernet bridge. - A digital-to-analog converter, or an amplifier with digital inputs using an appropriate digital cable. - If you are using a Word Clock, connect the BNC connector from the Word Clock in to the Word Clock input. - If you are connecting the dCS Paganini DAC and Master Clock, dCS Vivaldi DAC, Constellation pre-amplifier, or MSB DAC to the Aurender W20, please refer to the diagrams below. Also note that configuration options vary for each DAC and system so we recommend consulting with your product owner's manual for further information.