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Pioneer XDP-100R now supports MQA via free update

11Apr / 2016

Pioneer XDP-100R now supports MQA via free update

11 April 2016

Pioneer is proud to announce support for MQA on our XDP-100R digital audio player. Announced at IFA in September 2015, the Pioneer XDP-100R is the world’s first MQA enabled portable digital audio player*1. The free update will be available worldwide on April 12th.  Please visit Google PlayTM to get the latest “Music” app and enjoy MQA.

MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download. And because it’s fully authenticated, the listener can be sure they are hearing exactly what the artist recorded and approved in the studio.

Since the turn of the century, access to music has become easier – but the quality has fallen. It’s commonly held that people will choose convenience over sound quality. But suppose we can have both? That’s the promise of MQA.

When listening to MQA on the XDP-100R the MQA display indicates that the product is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file and denotes provenance that the sound is identical to that of the source material (indicated by a green light in the App). ‘MQA Studio’ (indicated by a blue light in the App) is playing a file which has either been approved in the studio by the artist/producer or has been verified by the copyright owner.

Bob Stuart, MQA’s creator, commented on the Pioneer launch. “We are very excited to launch MQA on the Pioneer XDP-100R. Throughout the implementation process the MQA listening tests have been astounding and we’re looking forward to hearing customers reactions to MQA on the portable player. We continue to work with the music industry and you will see much more MQA music in the market very soon. It’s an exciting time for MQA and our partners.”

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MQA music now available at OnkyoMusic

onkyomusic is a leading Hi-Res digital music provider, which provides all downloads as FLAC and MQA. FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is an audio format that compresses audio without any loss in quality. With webstores available in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Enjoy MQA with the Pioneer XDP-100R and listen to studio master quality audio. Please visit for further details.

The X-DAP Link music transfer application*4 with MQA support will be released soon. The current build will display MQA files as FLAC / WAV, but once transferred to the XDP-100R will properly display MQA or MQA Studio.

Pioneer XDP-100R Digital Audio Player

Based on AndroidTM OS, the Pioneer XDP-100R digital audio player supports many High Res Audio formats, up to DSD 11.2MHz, 384kHz/24bit FLAC/WAV audio files, and now MQA. With access to Google Play, the limit to your entertainment is your imagination.*2*3 With the ability to expand its storage up to 432GB, there is plenty of room for all forms up entertainment. The XDP-100R is the culmination of our knowledge in audio. Using ESS Technologies’ well renowned “SABRE DAC” series, the XDP-100R makes High Res and standard audio sound great. We also paid close attention in limiting noise from entering the audio signal. To isolate sources of internal noise, the Audio circuit board and CPU board are built on separate boards. The body design is made of rigid machined aluminum, with removable top and bottom bumpers to protect cables and connectors from wear and tear.

About free “Music” application update

In addition to MQA support, the latest version of our “Music” app now adds the ability to create playlists.


*Android, Google, and Google Play are registered trademarks of Google Inc.
*ESS SABRE is a registered trademark of ESS Technology, Inc.
*The MQA Logo is a trademark of MQA Limited.
*Other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

*1  As of April 11th , 2016
*2  Apps that require GPS, camera, gyro-sensor may not function properly.
*3  Will require Wi-Fi network access.
*4  supports Windows(7, 8, and 10) Only