Pioneer brings the potential of the superb audio quality of MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) in portable form with its XDP-100R digital audio player, which the company unveiled unveiled at IFA 2015 in Berlin. The unit will be made available in November, with its SRP still TBD.
Setting out to make its “best-ever audio player,” Pioneer equipped the XDP-100R with support for up to 288GB storage (32GB internal + dual micro SD), and also armed it with ESS Technology’s ES9018K2M SABRE DAC and SABRE 9601K amplifier. The unit’s internal design enables sufficient space to allow separation of the DAC/AMP and CPU circuit boards, thus isolating audio circuitry from unwanted noise and helping maximise performance levels. Music from analog, PCM, and DSD masters can be MQA-encoded and placed inside any lossless-audio “container,” such as FLAC, ALAC, or WAV.
The Android Lollipop-based player features built-in Wi-Fi, enabling the device to download hi-res music files direct from OnkyoMusic.com through a preloaded OnkyoMusic app. Key features of the unit include the ability to download apps from Google Play, video playback on the 4.7-inch 720p touchscreen, and support for such hi-res formats as DSD 11.2MHz and 384kHz/24-bit FLAC and WAV files.
Commenting on the Pioneer product announcement, Bob Stuart, the innovator behind MQA technology, said, “We are delighted to be onboard with Pioneer and more excited than ever at the prospect of sharing MQA’s incredible audio performance with music fans everywhere.”
MQA is a British technology that is said to bring the listener as close as possible to the artist’s original performance. Using pioneering scientific research into how we hear, Bob Stuart created a technology that captures the full magic of an original studio performance, in a format small enough to stream to your PC, smartphone, or any other device, or download.