Pioneer has this week unveiled a new portable audio player that promise to be the best that the company can make, called the XDP-100R, it is capable of playing Hi-Res Audio, with support for a range of file formats including DSD 11.2MHz and FLAC 24-bit/384kHz.

All this whilst running Android 5.1.1 and featuring some of the top-of-the-line internal components, including a SABRE ES9018K2M DAC and SABRE 9601K amplifier. This comes alongside a 32-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card support for not one but two 200GB cards.

That gives it a total possible storage of 432GB.


Not only that, but it is also one of the first products in the world to support the upcoming MQA audio file format, which is set to allow for true lossless playback but at a smaller file size then current FLAC files.

It does this by using a technique that they call Audio Origami, this “folds” up a high-resolution file into a smaller size, in fact it’s said to be only a bit larger than CD quality tracks, the only problem is that it needs a decoder to playback.

The Pioneer XDR-100R isn’t cheap for all that, as obviously it provides some pretty top-end features, with the price set at from £500.

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