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Pioneer XDP-100R is a solid aluminium hunk of HD audio player

October 20, 2015 by Tom in Audio, MP3, Pioneer Computers, PMP with No Comments.

The chunky, super-solid Pioneer XDP-100R is their dedicated HD audio player, which runs on Android and supports the common HD audio files. The player is made from a solid chunk of metal and features two circuit boards: one for processing the audio and the other for the OS, to avoid digital noise bleeding into the output. Pioneer's latest has a 4.7-inch, 720p display and has 32GB storage as standard but can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD. It'll handle you stuffing the microSD card with the likes of lossless FLAC, MQA and ALAC files. DSD audio up to 11.2MHz is also supported. The price is TBA but it's expected to be around $700, undercutting Sony's dedicated HD audio effort by a few hundred dollars. Via gizmodo

Pioneer puts studio master quality audio in your pocket with XDP-100R hi-res audio player

September 11, 2015 by Tom in Audio, DAC, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

The Pioneer XDP-100R hi-res audio player will be one of the first products to support Meridian's MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology, which promises studio master quality audio on the go. The XDP-100R sports a 4.7-inch Full HD touchscreen display and runs on Android Lollipop so can support outside streamers such as Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify. It comes with the Onkyo music app out the box for quick access to hi-res audio, and the Pioneer X-DAP Link app is used for file transfers. For music loaded onto the player it supports the lot, from MP3 up to 24-bit/384kHz FLAC/WAV. The onboard battery gives 10 hours playback and it has 32GB storage, with support for two microSD cards, allowing expansion up to 288GB. The player also supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and contains

New high resolution audio Sony Walkman models due in October

September 4, 2015 by Tom in Audio, MP3, PMP, Sony with No Comments.

Three new Sony Walkman models will be released in October, both of which support high-resolution audio and multiple formats. The NW-A25HN and NW-A27HN Walkmans - and the higher-spec NW-ZX100N - all look similar to the current crop of devices from Sony, which continue the original tape player's legacy. These new models use an enhanced version of Sony's S-Master HX full digital amplifier and upscale via the proprietary DSEE HX technology. They support FLAC, ALAC, MP3, AAC, HE-AAC, WMA, Linear PCM and AIFF files up to 192kHz/24bit. The screens are 2.2-inch TFT colour LCD units at 320 x 240 pixels and to fit in with Sony's new h.ear headphones range they are available in a variety of colours, including black, blue, pink, red and yellow. Storage options run at 16GB and 64GB, bo

Cowon reveals Plenue M high definition audio player and DAC

September 3, 2015 by Tom in Audio, DAC, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

Following up the Plenue 1 is the new Cowon Plenue M high definition sound portable audio player. The plush brushed metal unit features a Burr-Brown PCM1795 24bit / 192kHz DAC and stereo crosstalk, in conjunction with the JetEffect 7 & BBE sound technology that offers 10 band EQ adjustment. The EQ includes 66 preset values, including the new Chorus sound. The player also has a variety of skin options, which offer real-time accurate monitor readings. The Cortex dual-core processor runs on a Linux-based system - price and release date tba. [gallery link="file"] Via imp3

New TEAC HA-P90SD high-resolution audio player doubles as a portable DAC and headphone amp

August 27, 2015 by Tom in Audio, DAC, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

  The new hi-res audio player from TEAC is the HA-P90SD, a unit that doubles as a high-end DAC and amp for headphones. The unit carries a high quality Burr Brown PCM1795 DAC through which to play the audio provided via microSD, USB or connected source. iOS and Android devices can use the dedicated TEAC Audio HR Player app to make sure it’s getting the signal it wants from the start.   High-res audio up to 24-bit/192kHz is supported, as well as Direct Stream Digital (DSD) at 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz. Supported file types include WAV, FLAC, MP3, AAC, DSF and DFF.   Also inside are Burr Brown OPS1602 SoundPLUS op amps, dual sample clocks and push-pull circuitry.   The aluminium unit comes in the choice of red or black and the built-in battery of

Designer Astell&Kern AK240 portable music player, just $2,499

March 25, 2015 by Tom in Audio, MP3, PMP with 2 Comments.

It comes with a designer Tanniere Remy Carriat leather case. No? Well how about these stats. The Astell&Kern AK240 high resolution portable audio player is a stainless steel device with a carbon fiber back. It has a 3.31-inch AMOLED touchscreen and supports a huge range of audio files but the best sound'll come from lossless audio thanks to its dual 24-bit/192kHz digital audio converters and native DSD playback. The AK240 has Bluetooth support for wireless headphones and comes with 256GB storage, expandable via microSD up to a further 128GB. According to Astell&Kern, the stainless steel body eliminates electrical noise and delivers purer audio, which is just what you'd tell yourself after spending that amount of money. Mmm, yeah, that sounds really pure. This was a go

Colorfly teases new Pocket HIFI media player

March 5, 2015 by Tom in Audio, MP3, MP4, PMP with No Comments.

Colorfly has released some specs info and a blurry teaser image for its new Pocket HIFI media player. So far it's let on that it'll have a 32GB memory capacity and it'll push music through its onboard Cirrus Logic CS4398 digital-to-analogue converter (DAC). It will also feature a 2.4-inch, 400 x 360-pixel display and will weigh 160g. The unblurred image will be revealed soon, along with price and availability details. Via imp3

Sony unveils the least obvious audiophile product ever

February 21, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, MP3, Sony with No Comments.

When we try to work out what we'll need for top quality sound, the player is important, the headphones are vital, the cable technology could be considered...a headphone amp too maybe? But wait, we forgot the memory card! Sony Japan will release the SR-64HXA memory card, a class 10 microSD unit that fits 64GB of data and costs in yen the equivalent of $155. The Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 is the player they're pushing to use with this card and as that costs more than $1,000, what's an extra $150 on top for some smooth, quiet data playback? Via geekypinas

Cowon Plenue 1 silver and gold audio players out before Christmas

December 14, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Cowon, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

Cowon will release the Plenue 1 portable media player in silver and gold editions on December 19 in Japan. The audio player supports playback of hi-res audio and has an impressive 128GB storage, expandable by up to another 128GB via microSD. It runs on a Burr-Brown DAD chip (PCM1792A DAC) and has a 3.7-inch AMOLED touch-screen display. Compatible data formats include PCM (24bit/192kHz), DXD (352.8/384kHz) and DSD128 (5.64MHz). It weighs 173g, offers eight hours playback and costs the hefty sum of 128,000 yen (US $1,075). Via akihabaranews

Cowon M2 MP3 player offers a marathon 90 hours of playback

November 28, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Cowon, MP3, MP4, PMP with No Comments.

Cowon's still fighting the good fight for portable media players and its latest device offers a huge 90 hours playback on a single charge. The Cowon M2 is out on December 12 and is available in 16GB and 32GB options. It has a Samsung 2.8-inch 320x240 pixel touchscreen, backed up by buttons on the side for playback control. The M2 supports MP3/WMA/OGG/FLAC/APE and WAV formats and has 48 JetEffect 5 Equalizer presets. It also plays AVI/WMV/ASF video formats and supports XviD SP/ASP/WMV codecs. It weighs 75g and costs ¥14,800/US $124 (16GB) and ¥17800/US $150 (32GB). Via akihabaranews

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