Pioneer network audio players support AirPlay and 192kHz/24-bit audio

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Pioneer's new N30 and N50 network audio players support Apple AirPlay for wireless music streaming, and can play high-resolution 192kHz/24-bit music files.
Available in the UK now for £350 and £500 respectively, both players were developed to access music from a PC, NAS drive, hard-disk, Apple iDevice or USB, as well as internet radio stations.
Equipped with DLNA 1.5 certiifcation, the Pioneer N30 and N50 support playback of high-resolution WAV and FLAC files, as well as MP3 and MPEG4 AAC compressed audio.
The aluminium front includes a 2.4in QVGA colour display and control buttons on the right side to maintain the players' 'minimalist' looks.
For optimum audio performance, each player is fitted with a high-accuracy master clock to minimise time-axis errors.
A front-mounted USB port enables charging and playback of any iPod, iPhone or iPad as well as PC files saved on a USB device.
In addition, the N50 gets an asynchronous USB DAC, allowing direct USB connection with a PC or laptop without having to access a home network.
Other N50 enhancements include auto level control, Pioneer's Sound Retriever technology to improve the sound quality of compressed music formats, and Hi-bit 32 audio processing.
Options available on the N30 and N50 include Pioneer's free iControl App, a Bluetooth adapter and a wireless LAN converter

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