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Availability date: 01/01/2016
Pioneer N-50A-K Network Audio Player
We are proud to introduce the N-50A streaming network player. It has been designed with great care, in order to achieve the very best performance from both hi-res and standard resolution audio files, with or without network. Furthermore, this device is an outstanding dac as well...
The N-50A offers access to a wealth of musical sources. The unit can be connected to a wired or a wireless* network, and stream music from a PC, Mac or NAS (Network Attached Storage). It’s also possible to receive internet radio stations using vTuner and to listen to the popular Spotify Connect music service. Streaming music from an iPhone, an iPod touch using AirPlay technology is also possible.
Extensive USB options
However, the N-50A might as well be used without a network. The USB ports on the front and the back allow to connect a hard disc, from which music can be played directly. In the same way, an iPod or an iPhone can be connected. It’s also possible to connect a laptop or a desktop pc or Mac to the N-50A, using the dedicated B-type USB port at the back. This way, the N-70A/N-50A will be deployed as a high-end asynchronous USB DAC, which accepts DSD signals (2.8 MHz/5.6 MHz) and PCM signals up to 384 kHz. The N-50A plays DSD signals up to 5.6 MHz and PCM signals up to 192 kHz.
The N-50A is finished with an attractive aluminium front panel. The 1.6 mm bottom plate helps to neutralise unwanted vibrations. Inside the unit, two separated transformers are used for the analogue and digital circuits. The N-50A is able to cope with high-resolution audio signals up to 192 kHz/32 bit and handles DSD signals (2.8 MHz/5.6 MHz) as well. * Optional AS-WL300, W-Fi adapter needed
Furthermore, both analogue and digital signals can be upsampled to a resolution of 192 kHz. The same Hi-Bit 32 bit extension technology as used in the N-70A, is integrated in the N-50A as well.
From digital to analogue
The N-50A uses two Sabre32 ESS9011 chips for D/A conversion, with two D/A-conversion circuits on each chip. This way, the result of the digital/analogue conversion is much more similar to the original musical signal as with conventional D/A converters.
The N-50A feature a high-end DAC section that can also be used to improve the sound quality of external digital sources, by simply connecting these sources to the coaxial and optical inputs of the N-70A/N-50A. The N-50A also has coaxial and optical digital outputs, It is equipped with a USB type A port, to connect a hard disc or a similar device, as well as USB type B port, which can be used to set-up a direct connection with a pc or a Mac.
The streamer is compatible with FLAC, ALAC, MP3, AIFF and WAV files, up to a resolution of 384 kHz/32 bits (192 kHz/32 bits on the N-50A). DSD files (2.8/5.6 MHz) can be read as well. And whatever the file type, the N-50A will play it perfectly gapless.
Easy to use Thanks to the easy readable 3.5” colour LCD screen on the front panel and the user friendly ControlApp, the N-50A is a breeze to use. The acclaimed Pioneer ControlApp, which also shows cover art, is available at no charge for iPhone and iPod touch from the App Store. An Android version is available free of charge in the Google Play store.
The N-50A (S/K) is available from November 2014