Pioneer Electronics and Onkyo joins the HiRes DAP (digital audio player) party with a joint venture. The XDP-100R features a 4.7 inch display and uses the Android operating system. Support for Meridian's MQA Lossless codec which enables the resolution of a HiRes recording with the data rate of an ordinary FLAC file is a feature we have not seen in current DAPs.
The Pioneer XDP-100R features a high-quality ESS D/A converter (ES9018K2M SABRE) with resolutions up to 24bit/384kHz and DSD data with up to 11.2MHz. The headphone amplifier is SABRE 9601K, which are housed to minimize the interference in a decoupled area within the aluminum case. Analog circuits and power to the Pioneer Players are as far apart as possible, so that the audio signals are not affected by other fields. The circuit design was micrometer adapted to prevent problems with the ground connection. Removable damper on the top and bottom of the housing to further protect cables and connectors from damage. Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct the XDP-100R can share content on your local network and play them as a certified DNLA client also - up to resolutions of 24bit/192kHz PCM audio format. Bluetooth is the aptX codec.
In addition to the analog 3.5 mm jack for headphones and a digital audio output is possible via the micro-USB / On-The-Go interface and its X-Link DAP allows the XDP-100R also from PC filled with music. Six DSP-controlled sound options also allow individual sound adjustment, including settings such as "Club Sound Boost" or audiophile adjustments with digital filters and "Lock Range Adjust".
Access to Google Play Store gets you access to numerous music sources. Already installed is the Onkyo music app download HiRes audio titles from the Onkyo music shop. The internal 32 GB memory can be extended via two micro SD card slots to a maximum of 288 GB.
The custom user interface provides, inter alia, access to playlists and equalizer settings. In addition, buttons are available for all major control functions. The volume is controlled via a mechanical knob in 161 stages.
The Pioneer XDP-100R HiRes Digital Audio Player will be available in November. U.S. retail price is TBA.