Pioneer N-70AE Network Audio Player-A Serious Digital Player
The Pioneer N-70AE is a serious player in the world of High Resolution digital music playback. The build quality and specifications of the Pioneer are a surprise that keeps on giving. The N-70AE provides many answers to the question of why you would need a dedicated network player when many modern amplifiers incorporate an inbuilt DAC and inbuilt Spotify, Chromecast,etc.This player is a combination of the traditional approach to high fidelity and all the latest technologies.
The impressively specified N-70AE is well equipped to meet the intrinsic demands of the streaming world,however, it is in its attention to build quality that it stands out from the competition.Let's start with the hefty 11.4 kg mass of the unit which is far above the weight of most hi-fi components.The reason for this is the 3 chamber shielded chassis housing the twin power transformers that power the digital and analogue sections separately,eliminating electrical and magnetic interference. A rigid under-base of the chassis also suppresses vibration.
The N-70E's componentry stands out from the crowd, highlighted by the inclusion of the twin Sabre 32 Ultra 32 DAC's which have been widely recognised and employed in the audiophile community as the next step in converter technology,considered to be one of the world's best 32 Bit DACs.
On the music service side,Pioneer's Remote App facilitates access to Tidal, Deezer and Tune-In Internet radio.Inbuilt Spotify Connect provides easy connection to the Spotify catalogue whilst Google Chromecast support expands the accessability to Google Play music.Digital inputs abound with optical and coaxial available for TV and other digital component connection.2 USB sockets allow for PCM file support up to 32 Bit/384khz.Wireless multi-room streaming is available through the Pioneer Remote App through DTS Play-Fi and FireConnect with compatible components.
The Pioneer N-70AE's sound is where it is all at.The culmination of superb componentry in an audiophile quality chassis delivers the music in a manner not heard for its price.Being loaded with features doesn't hold the Pioneer back from reproducing stunning digital playback.