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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