While most people now rely on their smartphone for music, there’s recently been steady trickle of portable HD audio players that provide the option of a little more sonic clarity. The latest company to introduce this sort of FLAC-ready music player is Japanese firm Pioneer, which is offering the stylish XDP-100R.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the XDP-100R is machined from a solid piece of aluminum. The Android-running device will supports a whole array of audio formats (including lossless FLAC, MQA, and ALAC, as well as DSD audio up to 11.2MHz), while inside there are two circuit boards – one for the regular processor to run the OS, another for the audio components in order to “eliminate the effects of digital noise,” according to Pioneer.
The XDP is also likely to draw comparisons with Sony’s $1,119 Walkman ZX2, although with a reported price-tag of $700, it’s a lot easier on your wallet. A company spokesman described the XDP as built “for those who feel smartphones aren’t offering satisfying sound quality,” reports The Wall Street Journal.
The XDP comes with a 4.7-inch, 720p display, a pair of MicroSD slots (each supporting cards up to 128GB in size, on top of the 32GB of internal memory), up to 10 hours high-quality playback on a single charge, and detachable bumpers on the top and the bottom of the player for extra protection.
There’s no word on a US release date yet, but The WSJ reports that the device will be available in Japan from late November.