Onkyo’s latest entry in the competitive luxury DAP market , the PD-S10, offers quite a bit for a sub $500 music player, including dual ESS Sabre DACs, MQA and Native DSD playback along with support for Tidal. It also has one piece aluminum construction, balanced headphone out, and 16 GB of internal storage expandable to 528 GB via its two Micro SD slots. Sound like a winner on paper, but of course the proof is in the hearing. The PD-S10 will be available in March. For more info, you can go here for a PDF spec sheet.
The following is from Onkyo USA:
Onkyo continues to astound with its digital audio players (DAPs) and the PD-S10 Digital Audio Player with Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi is no exception. Machined from a solid block of aluminium, the PD-S10’s accessible design includes a responsive touchscreen which allows owners to control the device with one-hand. The home screen features tile-based icons that can be easily arranged, while scroll bars let users quickly flick through vast amounts of music. A patent pending Index Display presents large volumes of music intuitively.
The quality of Onkyo’s PD-S10 DAP is evident in the hand-selected components such as the dual ESS SABRE® ESS9018C2M DACs and dual SABRE® ESS9601K amps, which are integrated on separate circuit boards to provide a fully balanced circuit structure. In addition to the new circuit-board design, new large-capacity conductive polymer chip capacitors double power supply capacitance, reducing the impact of noise particularly around the DSP and memory processing circuits.
The design approach for structure, parts, and circuit layout are all centered on achieving lossless source reproduction so users can enjoy Hi-Res Audio in native DSD 5.6 MHz, MQA, FLAC/WAV/ALAC up to 192 kHz/32-bit.
As well as a 3.5 mm jack for standard headphones, the PD-S10 features a 2.5 mm 4-pole balanced headphone jack, and Line-Out Mode enables analog output via both 2.5 mm and 3.5 mm terminals at 100% volume. USB/OTG terminal supports digital audio output to selected compatible audio components. The PD-S10 is scheduled to ship in March for $499.
Source: Onkyo USA