These new networked audio players from Pioneer & Onkyo GmbH are packing a feature set expected by audiophiles.
Both devices include the high-performance SABRE32 Ultra32 DAC, twin transformers, a USB-DAC supporting 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz DSD, and plug-and-play external HDD/USB-memory playback via USB input.
The class-topping N-70AE features dual SABRE Ultra32 DACs and a three-chamber shielded chassis. This eliminates electrical and magnetic interference. The design also improves structural rigidity with beams that separate blocks and side panels.
A rigid under-base suppresses vibration.
High-grade parts are used throughout. These include custom capacitors for the power supplies, while the N-70AE adds machined RCA terminals.
Both the N-70AE and N-50AE offer Chromecast built-in and Spotify Connect. So you can stream music from supported apps to the player with album covers displayed on its 3.5-inch LCD.
Music via Chromecast built-in, TIDAL, and Deezer is easily accessed using system remote or Pioneer Remote App.
Both models offer Wi-Fi, supporting 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequency bandwidths, to guarantee a stable wireless connection while setting up.
In addition, users can play music stored on portable hard disks. Simply connect a compatible plug-and-play HDD to the USB input located on the rear of both players.
Connected HDDs can be read from and written to with a PC connected to the same local network, making it easy to copy new music from computer to hi-fi system.
The N-70AE and N-50AE support Hi-Res Audio in a variety of file formats and containers.
DSD playback up to 11.2 MHz and PCM encoded in FLAC/WAV/AIFF/Apple Lossless are all supported (N-70AE: 384 kHz/24-bit, N-50AE:192 kHz/24-bit).
Price and availability
The Pioneer N-70AE is priced at £1099.99, and the N-50AE at £799.99.
Both will be available in July.