N-05 | Network Audio Player | DAC
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Total sound quality without compromise. This has been Esoteric's core philosophy since its birth in 1987. Now this zeal for excellence extends to the highest quality in music streaming, pushing Esoteric to develop a new network audio player - one that offers listeners supreme ease in their musical enjoyment. From DSD high-resolution masters to reacquaintances with old classics lying hidden for years in a corner of your CD library, all can be instantly accessed from your giant music library, and all from the comfort of your listening seat. Passion and pride invested in advanced technology and exquisite craftsmanship support high quality you can rely on. Let the N-05 bring you closer still to the music you love, and lead you to a more complete sense of musical enjoyment. Onward to the future of musical reproduction.
A feature of its Super Audio CD players, Esoteric's D/A converters and analog circuitry have won accolades for total sound quality. Employing Asahi Kasei Microdevices' AK4490 chip set, the converter is configured in four parallel and differential circuits (8 outputs) driving each channel to achieve superb sound quality with remarkable linearity and low distortion. Its discreet dual mono configuration also provides excellent channel separation. Technology developed for the Grandioso C1 is also employed in the DAC's power supply, which features EDLC* super capacitors. This regulated power supply boasts a total capacity of 500,000μF per channel for exceptional low-frequency sound reproduction.
The N-05's array of digital inputs include USB (x1), coaxial (x2) & optical (x1). The coaxial and optical inputs are compatible with both 192kHz/24-bit PCM and 2.8MHz DSD (DoP), while the USB port supports asynchronous transmission and native playback of 2.8/5.6/11.2MHz DSD and 384kHz/32-bit PCM.
Esoteric has partnerships with a wide range of streaming service and audio codec providers, and preparations are underway for compatibility with new services:
- Begin your encounters with new music through TIDAL, a high-end music streaming service that has officially partnered with ESOTERIC. TIDAL's lossless music distribution service operates on a fixed rate basis. Offering instant access to its enormous sound library, TIDAL enables users to enjoy their favorite music online with excellent sound quality.
- ESOTERIC is an official partner of Qobuz, the leading Hi-Res music streaming and download service.
- Roon is the most engaging, enjoyable way to browse your music. Being Roon Ready means that ESOTERIC network players transparently discover and connect to Roon, with no network configuration, with bitperfect delivery of audio to your dac. Together, Roon and ESOTERIC deliver the power, flexibility, and performance benefits of networked audio, with the easiest setup and highest reliability available.
- Spotify is an on-line music streaming service delivering over 40 million music. Two types of services are provided, a basic service called "Spotify Free" for free, and on-demand and high-quality sound subscription serive called "Spotify Premium" at flat rate.
- MQA is an award-winning technology that delivers master quality audio in a file that's small enough to stream or download. Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, MQA captures and authenticates the sound of the original studio performance.
Connecting the N-05 to an external G-02X Master Clock Generator allows more accurate synchronization between internal digital circuits, thereby enabling significant improvements in system sound quality. The N-05 is compatible with 44.1/88.2/176.4kHz word clocks as well as both 10MHz and 22MHz direct master clock LINK.