Aurender MC20

Reference Master / Word Clock
The Aurender MC20 is both a Master Clock and Word Clock generator that is inspired, developed, and designed to deliver an exceptionally high level of digital audio realism from a connected music server and/or D/A converter. Thanks to the MC20’s superior timekeeping, jitter is reduced to infinitesimal levels resulting in the ultimate timbral purity and rock-steady placement of instruments within your system’s soundstage.

MC20 can be used with a wide range of associated high-end brands of DACs and music servers. Current Aurender models supporting MC20 are N20, W20SE and N30/N30SA.

Time Is Of The Essence

In any digital audio system, the rate at which digital data is transmitted and received is of the utmost importance. Specifically, all devices in the digital signal path must be synchronized in order to provide a coherent presentation. Therefore, for the ultimate experience in clarity, transparency, focused imaging, and natural realism, your system’s digital source, DAC, and any other up-samplers or converters should all receive the same synchronized clock signal from an ultra precise and stable source.

At the heart of the MC20 is a rubidium module that generates a 10MHz master clock reference signal. A rubidium clock is employed for its superior accuracy and stability in both the long and short term for ultra-low jitter. Additionally, MC20 contains two discrete OCXO word clock modules for generating the frequencies 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz. MC20 will independently and simultaneously supply the four 10MHz master clock outputs and four Word Clock outputs (2 at 44.1 kHz and 2 at 48 kHz) for unprecedented versatility with a wide variety of Aurender and third party equipment.

Specific Innovations

  • The 10MHz Rubidium-based clock module is user installed within a shock-mounted and shielded chamber designed to eliminate spurious RFI, EMI and external vibrations from interfering with the accurate operation of the clock. The module is packaged separately within the main carton to provide a safe transportation environment for this delicate and high-precision sub-assembly.
  • Connectivity options expanded to accommodate both 50- and 75-ohm sources for assured compatibility when connected to any of the eight isolated BNC clock outputs.
  • Exceptional build quality throughout using the highest precision and matched component parts. - Ultra-low noise linear power supplies for each section with built-in power filtering.

Key Functions

  • Simultaneously supply of a 10MHz master clock reference signal to multiple source devices such as an Aurender music server, DACs, and even separate word clocks with 10MHz master clock reference input.
  • Supply of a 10MHz master clock to source devices such as an Aurender Music Server and word clock to DAC. - A word clock to the source device and DAC.


Rubidium Clock Module

The rubidium clock module employed in the MC20 is an exceptionally stable and accurate design that establishes a new low level of phase noise and jitter. Its flawless performance delivers a new level of vivid clarity with a three-dimensional width, depth, and height to the sound field it creates. The reduction of jitter and phase noise removes any trace of “digital glare,” and instead provides an analog-style warmth and naturalism to any digital audio source.

Rubidium modules are high-precision devices, and they are extremely delicate instruments. Consequently, Aurender engineers have designed a unique shock-mounted housing system to secure the module and isolate from vibrations both within the chassis and in the surrounding environment. To ensure the rubidium module can be safely transported, it arrives in its own foam case within the MC20’s master carton. Upon unpacking, the module will need to be installed by the user and locked into its dedicated chamber before use.

Oven-Controlled Crystal Oscillator (OCXO) for Long Term Jitter Reduction

While the rubidium module takes care of MC20’s 10 MHz master clock generator signal, Aurender’s hallmark OCXO modules control individual word clock output. OCXOs are among the most accurate and stable clocks in use today. The OCXO modules deployed by Aurender’s engineers are orders of magnitude more accurate and stable than commonly used ordinary crystal oscillators usually found in computers. Temperature changes can cause crystal oscillations to fluctuate and induce jitter in the digital audio signal. Moreover, ordinary crystals are much less stable and lose accuracy over time. In OCXO clocks, a very stable high grade crystal oscillator is enclosed in a temperature-controlled compartment and kept at a constant temperature to mitigate jitter.

Connectivity – 10MHz Sine Wave Clock Outputs

A 10MHz master clock signal works as a reference signal which informs Aurender’s OCXO clock for greater accuracy and stability over both the short and long term. Since Aurender’s clock input has an impedance of 75Ω, connect the MC20’s 75Ω impedance 10MHz Master Clock to the clock input terminal on the Aurender server. By both measurement and listening tests the 10MHz output of the rubidium clock delivers higher performance than other methods. It is highly recommended!

If the DAC allows, it is recommended to use a 10MHz Master Clock. Otherwise, use the individualized word clock outputs. Choose the 75Ω or 50Ω outputs depending on the DAC’s input impedance. In order to avoid signal loss and / or jitter, it is important to match cable impedance.

In a scenario where the DAC has a word clock input(s), you can connect the 10MHz Master Clock output to your Aurender and simultaneously a Word Clock output to the DAC. Connect the SPDIF BNC output of your source to MC20 for automatic frequency synchronization depending on whether you are playing a 44.1 or 48 kHz base file.

Connectivity and Compatibility with Associated Components

MC20 can be used with a wide range of associated high-end brands of DACs and music servers. Current Aurender models supporting MC20 are N20, W20SE and N30/N30SA which all have a 75Ω clock input.

For interfacing with an Aurender, or another manufacturers’ components, two pairs each of 75Ω and 50Ω SPDIF cables are supplied. Please refer to the owner’s manual of any equipment that will receive clock input from MC20 to determine which impedance cable should be used.


SPDIF Sync Input:Coaxial BNC, 75Ω (BNC 75Ω)
Clock Output:Rubidium Master Clock: 10MHz 2ea. (75Ω), 2ea. (50Ω), 0.7Vrms (±10%)
 :Word Clock: CH. A 2ea (75Ω), CH. B 2ea (75Ω)
Connectivity:USB (Reserved for future use)
LED Indicators / Button:LED Indicators: Clock LED, Sync LED, Multiplier LED 10ea (Ch)
 :Select Button: Clock Select, Multiple Select,
 :Power Button
Phase Noise (Rubidium):< -130dBc / Hz (10 Hz)
 :< -140dBc / Hz (100 Hz)
Freq. Short-term Stability (Rubidium):<2×10⁻¹¹ (1 s)
 :<1×10⁻¹¹ (10 s)
 :<2×10⁻¹² (100 s)
Phase Noise (OCXO):< -90dB/Hz (1Hz)
 :< -115dB/Hz (10Hz)
 :< -127dB/Hz (100Hz)
 :< -143dB/Hz (1kHz)
Freq. Stability (OCXO):<5 x 10⁻¹⁰

43 cm x 10.6 cm x 37 cm (unit only) (WxHxD)

43 cm x 12.7 cm x 37 cm (unit with foot) (WxHxD)

Weight:20.3 Kg
Input Voltage:110V / 220V
Power Consumption:Standby: 5.7W / Power On: Start Warm-up (160W), State Lock (58W)



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