Pioneer XDP-100R gets £100 price drop
MQA added yet the price-tag lowers
Pioneer has announced an official price drop for its excellent XDP-100R Digital Audio Player.
Originally retailing at £499.99, the player will now retail at £399.99 – saving £100, in case your maths isn’t great. The XDP-100R is a portable high res music player that supports many high res audio formats – including the MQA format – a coding system that offers ‘extreme’ High Res Audio in stream-able file sizes. In addition to supporting MQA, it also supports formats such as DSD (up to 11.MHz) and FLAC/WAV (24bit/ 384kHz) files.
Ed Selley reviewed the XDP-100R, back in December 2015, and gave it one of our coveted Highly Recommended Awards, describing it as, "the best DAP tested so far and one of the most capable on the market." Obviously the XDP-100R now becomes even better value.
For those who prefer to stream, apps such as TIDAL, Spotify and Deezer are pre-loaded onto the XDP-100R. The device supports a familiar Android interface and allows allowing users to browse the internet through Google Chrome and download apps from the Google Play store – just like a smartphone.
The XDP-100R features ESS technology’s top of the line SABRE DAC ES9018K2M and SABRE 9601K amplifier that operate within an isolated closed loop construction to try to eliminate any extraneous noise. The audio board and CPU board are separated internally, further isolating sources of noise, using the same approach as separating an amplifier from the playback device in a component stereo system. Analogue circuitry is consolidated around the headphone jack, keeping the switching circuitry as far away as possible to keep noise isolated. The circuitry is all housed within a ridged aluminium chassis with removable bumpers top and bottom that protect cables and connectors from wear and tear.
The Pioneer XDP-100R is available now in black or silver at that reduced price of £399.99
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