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Pioneer XDP-100R review: This polished and flexible high-resolution audio player is loaded with features

Theo Nicolakis | April 21, 2016
Pioneer's great-sounding, feature rich, Android-based player's only major drawbacks are its lack of MacOS support and its bulky size.

All in all, no matter the genre or test, the Pioneer passed with flying colors.

And the winner is…

In the two plus months that I lived with these three high-res players, I found myself repeatedly turning to the XDP-100R. Even though it was the largest of the bunch, I preferred taking it with me on the go and using it at every turn.

It offered me none of the frustrations I experienced with both the Questyle QP1R or Astell&Kern AK Jr. While the Pioneer wasn’t the sweetest-sounding player (that title belongs to the Questyle), that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a thoroughly satisfying one. Pioneer’s XDP-100R is a knockout. It combines performance, features, and a slick user interface. Add to all that, native MQA playback and MacOS support just around the corner and we’re crowning the XDP-100R as our undisputed choice for top high-res audio player. Highly recommended.

 

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