Handheld High-Resolution Revolution

14th October 2016

Now priced at only £399 due to the imminent release of its bigger brother, the XDP-300R, there’s never been a better time to try out one of the best sounding and most user friendly portable players on the market.

Remember the classic iPod? Certainly revolutionary at the time, but with our world of touchscreens and apps, the little music brick has become a relic of a bygone era. Personally I now use my Android smartphone to listen to music on the go: I’m used to tapping on the screen, how it feels in my hand, and it’s already something that I have with me every day.

It’s for this reason that I’m rarely impressed by portable music players. No matter how good they sound, the interface is not as intuitive for me as my phone. I usually get stuck fiddling with a scroll wheel, trying to find what I want to listen to, and working out which button is ‘Volume Up’ and which is ‘On/Off’. Sadly, it’s an experience that has me putting down the portable in favour of something more user friendly.

Enter the XDP-100R-K from Pioneer: An Android device with a 4.7″ touchscreen, machined aluminium body, 32GB of internal storage and 2 MicroSD slots,  MQA and DSD capabilities, and a headphone amp/DAC combo which is isolated from the rest of the circuitry to reduce noise and distortion for the listener. Not only does it sound great, but it feels great to use too, like a smartphone with a few clever tweaks. The volume control is a rotary knob, rather than the standard up/down buttons; play, pause, and skip buttons are located on the side, for controlling the music without turning the screen on; and the headphone jack can be used as a line output to connect it with a traditional hi-fi system. It can even run all your usual Android apps, meaning you can finally play Angry Birds on your music system.

Available in-store now, book a demo at the Edinburgh shop to try it for yourself with a pair of our excellent headphones.

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