Most people don’t carry a separate audio player these devices, even an iPod for that matter, because our smartphones are more than capable of providing us our music fix. For some though audio quality is paramount and for them there are several products available in the market, like the Sony NW-ZX2, at $1,280 it’s the most expensive Walkman Sony has ever produced. Pioneer has launched a similar product, it’s an all-metal Android music player that costs $500.
Pioneer XDP-100R was first shown off at IFA 2015 last month, the music player is housed inside an aluminum shell. It has a 4.7 inch 720p display and 32GB of onboard storage with support for two microSD cards that can expand memory up to 128GB each.
Special attention is paid to ensure that users get a great audio experience, the music player has a separate circuit board for all internal audio components, Pioneer says this will help get rid of the effects of digital noise.
It has support for just about every audio format under the sun, including the likes of ALAC, DSD and FLAC. It runs the Android operating system which add support for all music streaming applications that are currently available for the OS.
There’s no word as yet from the company when this audio player will be released in the United States, Pioneer is expected to start shipping it in Japan by the end of next month.
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