Melco S10

Milking it – Melco are with their S10 [£4'999] flagship network switch with a 'clean' head and 'dirty' PSU unit. The head "is based on a heavily upgraded S100 with greatly improved power management section. The casework features better aluminium to improve rigidity and increase isolation for the signal-carrying electronics. A rigid-steel screened chassis offers further mechanical stability. Rear panel connections include 4/ea. 100MB and 1GB RJ45 ports, the latter useful for the Roon Core processor's high traffic flow. In addition 2 x 1GB small form-factor ports allow direct fibre connections and compatibility with supported devices." For the tail, "a large toroidal transformer forms its bulk mounted on a solid base with specialist insulators from Japan's TAOC. Further features include high-quality Neutrik connectors on the output plus a high-precision 102 SSC conductor from Tokyo's Oyaide for the connecting DC cable."