A10 Review - Part-Time Audiophile
If you have managed to wade through this review and actually reach this point, you’ll know that I’m pleased as punch at both the performance and the user friendliness of the Aurender A10 music server/DAC combination. It’s a great one-box option for those who don’t want to mess around with the do-it-yourself modular option.
As always, one of my main concerns is value. Thinking back on my dad, maybe the acorn really didn’t fall far from the tree after all. The A10 costs $5,500 USD, which is no small bit of change for a digital front end, even in the audiophile world. I decided, then, to do a few back-of-the-envelope calculations, specifically to see what my own digital front end would cost if I were to put it together today. Considering the costs of the DAC, interface, computer, external data storage, custom power supplies, and fancy cabling, I came to a figure of around $7000, give or take. When I examine the situation in that light, the Aurender A10 seems like a pretty fair deal after all.