Pioneer announce new Hi-Res Digital Audio Player & Earbuds

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by hodg100 May 5, 2017 at 2:47 PM

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    Pioneer announce new Hi-Res Digital Audio Player & Earbuds
    Pioneer has launched two new products seemingly destined for a UK release with the XDP-30R Digital Audio Player (DAP) and the SE-CH5BL Hi-Res Earbuds.
    The XDP-30R features include 2.5mm 4-pole balanced output; support for up to 5.6MHz DSD native playback; up-sampling of compressed audio up to 192kHz/32bit, and separate 44.1kHz and 48kHz clocks for both types of audio formats. The SE-CH5BL earbuds also come with a 2.5mm balanced connection, along with several design and patent-pending tech innovations.

    XDP-30R DAP
    Available now for an MSRP of $399.99, in the US, and available in black and silver, the XDP-30R is described as ‘a design marvel’ with the chassis milled out of a single block of aluminium and the twin ESS SABRE DAC “ES9018C2M” and SABRE “9601K” headphone amp chips are symmetrically laid out on the circuit board and separated from the power supply to minimize interference. The internal 16GB storage can be expanded to 528GB via two 256GB micro SD card slots while on-board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth should make it easy to stream audio and connect to a wide variety of peripherals.

    The XDP-30R comes with a 2.4in capacitive touch screen, along with a 3.5mm unbalanced headphone jack with line out mode. The player is also customisable with a 10 band EQ that has 6 built-in pre-sets and 3 customizable settings; three digital sound filters; bass enhancer for 5 distinct levels of bass, and remote operation via the free Pioneer DuoRemote smartphone app which can control playback, volume and other basic functions from your phone.

    With a 2.5mm four-pole balanced connector, the SE-CH5BL is priced at $89.99 (USD). The SE-CH5BL utilises several technologies developed by Pioneer, including new 9.7mm drivers which, Pioneer tells us, maintain their geometry to minimise physical distortion throughout its range of motion. There’s also a patent-pending Airflow Control Port which is an internal tube that adjusts low frequency sound pressure to give improved tonal balance for tighter bass and clearer mid-range frequencies. Another patent-pending feature is a two-layer brass and aluminium housing that absorbs excess vibrations.

    Comfort is never an issue, says the manufacturer, as the ribbed ear tips individually mould to your ear to create a more uniform seal, while a unique wide nozzle opening allows sound to be directed at the eardrum.

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