CES 2018 News: Pioneer XDP-02U Digital Audio Player Announced

Small but powerful

by Mark Hodgkinson Jan 9, 2018 at 12:24 PM


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    CES 2018 News: Pioneer XDP-02U Digital Audio Player Announced
    Pioneer has announced that its next generation of digital audio players will debut at CES 2018 with the unveiling of the XDP-02U.
    With its rounded body design and curved edges, the XDP-02U is designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand and is available in matte white, navy blue and pink pearl.

    The XDP-02U’s internal schematic incorporates a fully balanced and symmetrical circuit structure. The DSP board and audio boards are separate and isolated from the power supply and battery to minimize noise for spatially dimensional sound with excellent S/N performance.

    Backed by two proven ESS SABRE ES9018C2M DACs and dual SABRE ES9601K amplifiers, the XDP-02U can handle the MQA format; supports native 5.6 MHz DSD playback as well as Hi-Res Audio in FLAC/WAV/ALAC up to 192 kHz/32-bit.

    The XDP-02U can also boost the sound quality of compressed audio files, whether streamed or played from internal memory, thanks to its up-sampling function that upconverts to 96 kHz/88.2 kHz or 176.4 kHz/192 kHz. Further, dual clocks for 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz signals enable accurate native playback of audio sourced from CD via the dedicated 44.1 kHz clock.

    With output power of 75 mW + 75 mW at 32 ohms in unbalanced drive (3.5 mm output), and 150 mW + 150 mW at 32 ohms in BTL drive (2.5 mm output), the XDP-02U is capable of powering any headphones between 16 ohms–300 ohms (unbalanced) and 32 ohms–600 ohms (balanced).

    There’s also 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi onboard to connect the device to online music services like TIDAL and TuneIn, while Bluetooth® 4.0 +LE wireless connectivity supports most wireless headphones and lets you transmit music from the player to compatible speakers and audio systems. It can also tether the device to a compatible smartphone with the free Pioneer DuoRemote App.

    The XDP-02U ships with 16GB internal memory as well as two microSD slots that can hold 256GB cards. However, the XDP-02U is also compatible with ScanDisk’s 400GB cards giving owners an additional 800GB of possible storage.

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