Pioneer PD-50AE (Black)
The Pioneer PD-50AE is a reference grade CD player that also functions as a digital hub. With the facility to play SACDs and even MQA encoded discs, the emphasis is on the highest resolution sound. Even when playing standard CDs, however, such is the quality and integrity of this Pioneer SACD player, you’re guaranteed stunning results.
Super Audio CDs
The Pioneer PD-50AE can playback SACDs. These Direct-Stream Digital (DSD) discs offer a far higher resolution than ordinary CDs and are similar in resolution to 24-bit music files. The result is a more natural sound, revealing subtle detail and texture in the music. When combined with ESS ES9026PRO DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor), the results are remarkably fluid and dynamic.
Use as a standalone USB DAC
Featuring a USB-B digital input, the PD-50AE’s premium DAC can also be put to good use in processing a digital audio signal from your computer. Supporting both Windows 10 and Mac OS X operating systems, the input works with the vast majority of PCs, laptops and Macs. Once connected, stream your stored or streaming music favourites and make the most of the ESS DAC’s superb processing power.
MQA playback – including disc based
Compatible with Meridian's MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology, the Pioneer PD50AE delivers High Resolution audio up to studio standard 384kHz/24-bit quality via its DAC. Although studio master quality, the beauty of MQA is that files are small enough to easily stream and don't take up so much storage space. The PD50AE also supports MQA encoded on both CD and DVD-R discs, making this a truly versatile Hi-Res playback device.
Every element of the PD50AE’s construction is honed to perfection. The SACD/CD drive mechanism uses a damped, honeycomb mechanism for disc isolation. Double-layered, aluminium side and top panels suppress vibrations for reduced distortion. This is further enhanced by the standing wave insulators.
As much a digital hub as a CD player, the Pioneer PD50AE is a player of many talents.