Pioneer launches World’s First MQA Portable Audio Player

by hodg100 Sep 11, 2015 at 8:42 AM

  • Unveiled at IFA 2015, the Pioneer “XDP-100R” Digital Audio Player becomes the industry’s first portable player to offer MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) support.
    Setting out to make its ‘best-ever audio player’, Pioneer has equipped the XDP-100R with support for up to 288GB storage (32GB internal + dual micro SD), and has armed it with ESS Technology’s ES9018K2M SABRE DAC and SABRE 9601K amplifier.

    Furthermore, its internal design enables sufficient space to allow separation of the DAC/AMP and CPU circuit boards, so isolating audio circuitry from unwanted noise, and helping maximise performance levels.

    Commenting on the Pioneer product announcement, Bob Stuart, the innovator behind MQA technology said, “We are delighted to be on board with Pioneer and more excited than ever at the prospect of sharing MQA’s incredible audio performance with music fans everywhere.”

    The 4.7 inch display can make Google Play apps further expand its capabilities, plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support allow for a variety of wireless connectivity options. With the preloaded OnkyoMusic app, you can also download high res audio files without the need of a PC.

    The Pioneer XDP-100R launches, in the UK, early November 2015 and we’ll try and get some pricing details for you.

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