N-50-K Network Audio Player with DAC, DLNA and Airplay
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Take full advantage of digital audio. In the era of today, you have likely stored a lot, if not all, of your music on your hard drive or portable device (like an iPod or iPhone). And you might listen to Internet radio services rather than just FM stations. Connected to an AV receiver, our network audio players are made to enjoy the wide range of digital audio available today - wherever it's stored. They offer broad support for music files, several sound-enhancing features, and the option for a wireless connection to your home network. Hi-bit processing and isolated D/A power supply ensure crystal clear audio. Highlights include: AirPlay compatible USB DAC for a direct USB connection with your PC high-resolution audio playback up to 192 kHz/24-bit hi-bit 32 audio processing Auto Sound Retriever to restore compressed audio files Auto Level Control equalises volume differences between tracks front USB terminal for your iPod/iPhone/iPad ready for Pioneer ControlApp: remote app for iPod touch, iPhone and Android Bluetooth ready Wireless LAN ready High-Accuracy Master Clock Rigid under base Isolated D/A Power supply
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Top Customer Reviews
Sounds very good indeed, I have no complaints.
I am feeding via network WAV files & via USB Flac files all sounding good.
Internet radio is immense.
To sum up - Buy with confidence
The only slight negative is the Android remote control app which is rather poor but does the job just about and certainly doesn't detract from my overall rating of the N50.
I bought my N50 elsewhere for less when it was on special offer, however it is no longer available from that source. I would say it is still a bargain at the current asking price.
I have also downloaded the android app for my Nexus 7 and it works great for me, the only thing missing is it does not show any album art, but it makes choosing tracks and albums easy. All in all it lives up to the reviews.
The biggest surprise is the quality of sound from internet radio. At 128kbps the sound quality from some of the jazz stations are so clean and so big I still pinch myself sometimes when l listen.
I have used the optical digital OUT from the player to feed the sound to the DAC in my Marantz KI Pearl SACD (in DAC mode) and then to the CD Input of my KI Pearl amp. The sound is just great. But even if you just play directly from the Pioneer N50, you would find the sound deeply satisfying.
Streaming music through my home network is equally superb. Of course it will depend on the compression quality or format in which your music is stored.
One thing I found; this player may sound better from the CD input of the amp than the Tuner or other inputs.
The only negative is wireless isn't built in, so you will have to by a separate USB wireless adapter if you want to use this streamer. For some odd reason most streamer manufactures don't provide built in wireless. Note: any USB wireless adapter works with this unit so there is no need to buy pioneers suspiciously over priced wireless adapter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Listening music is really great with this, sounding natural, detailed and spacy. But to get there ain't easy - due to software incompabilities and poor functionality, despite some... Read morePublished 5 months ago by HiFi Freak
I use it with Marantz PM6005 stereo amplifier. With pure audio and other sound modes disabled, it sounds best; CD ripped WAV files do not sound as good as CD played with Marantz... Read morePublished 11 months ago by VB
For me the N50 is outstanding, its build quality, performance and design are just superb. I no longer use a cd player as simply load a cd to my pc then copy it to the drive as can... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Richard Gifford
A clever device which I mostly got to replace an old tuner and instead connect to internet radio, this it does very well with most stations matching the FM quality I got before. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Its Pete