What a clumsy name, the XDP 100R K, but what a fantastic device this Pioneer DAP truly is.
Under one slick aluminum machined body with removable bumpers lies a powerhouse of a portable audio player capable of everything. Full stop here. This is a serious Astell & Kern contender.
The thingy will play quad rate DSD and MQA files along with PCM all the way up to 384KHz, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, Ogg Vorbis/ MP3, and AAC thanks to the ESS Sabre9018K2M chipset. The 4.7 inch 1280×720 touch screen display is very easy to read even under low light and carries all the info you might want, including equalization settings! It has 3 adjustable digital filters, offers an internal memory of 32 GB but can carry up to an additional 400GB of music on two microSD memory cards and will connect with USB on your computer.
Software wise the 100R is built around the Android 5.1 OS and will look highly familiar to those using Android cell phones or tablets but will also play well with iTunes. Supports both Tidal and Spotify which can be streamed through wifi which means there is absolutely nothing missing for a complete first class portable audio experience.
We gave it a try with Pioneer’s own headphones and a few MQA tracks and must admit the sound was very smooth, no sign of sibilance or “digitalitis” affecting the 100R.
For a weight of 200grams and a battery of 1630mAh good for 16hours of continuous playback and a MSRP of $699 I most definitely want one! (in black, thank you)