Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Streamer/Player & DAC

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156670
UPC:
4907034220137
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Input formats:
DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, PCM 32-384kHz,16/32-bit
D/A converter:
Dual Mono 32-bit (4x AK4493), 34-bit processing
File types:
FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, MQA, DSF, DSDIFF (DFF), DoP, MP3, AAC
Music services:
Tidal, Qobuz, Roon
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Onward to the future of musical reproduction

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To the Future of Musical Reproduction

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.

Network Audio

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Access any music you like and play it back with the finest in sound quality, all without moving from the comfort of your listening seat - the N-05 makes this luxurious dream a reality. Enjoy the vivid musical experience of DSD master sound sources. Convert giant CD collections to a digital library for quick and easy access. Actively seek out new encounters in music with streaming services available in your area. Use your home network environment to make your relationship with music ever closer.
Besides your home audio components, all you need are a standard domestic LAN connection (w/ wireless router) and an iPad/iPhone/Android. A large-capacity NAS* device can hold your entire music library. With these few items, a comfortable life of high-quality musical enjoyment without compromise can soon be yours.
*NAS: Network Attached Storage.

Compatible With a Variety of Audio Sources

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A thorough infusion of select high-end specifications ensures the N-05 delivers superb sound quality. Compatible with 2.8/5.6MHz DSD, 192kHz/24-bit PCM and a host of other formats (DSF, DSDIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, MP3, and AAC),* gapless playback capability is also offered in all lossless formats, permitting full enjoyment of live or opera recordings with no interruptions between musical tracks.
*384kHz/24-bit PCM native playback in USB DAC mode and down-converted playback in network mode also provided.

ESOTERIC Sound Stream

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Album artwork courtesy of e-onkyo
© WARNER MUSIC JAPAN
Japan's largest class hi-res audio distribution site
http://www.e-onkyo.com/music/


Esoteric Sound Stream is an Apple iOS / Android application for tablets and smartphones designed with an emphasis on both sound quality and network playback operating ease. Its basic operation simply entails selecting musical tracks using the tablet / smartphone to creating customized personal playlists, and playing the selections or playlists. All screens for key operation, playlists, library, etc. are arranged for easy viewing, enabling even users unfamiliar with the app to operate it with intuitive ease. Its high degree of refinement even meets the rigorous demands of advanced and experienced users.
Key to this achievement is the app's excellent search and retrieval performance, which takes full advantage of tag information. Since images are also cached in the app, album artwork can be instantly scrolled through and libraries can be freely sorted into such classifications as artist, year of recording, composer or category. This use of tag information even allows musical numbers of the same name which differ in format to be easily identified on the screen.

Music Server Function

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The N-05 can also be used as a simplified music server integrating both player and library by connecting a large-capacity storage device to the USB port on its rear panel. With the ability to be used as a secondary music server, even users new to the NAS directory structure can easily get started.

Streaming Services / Audio Codecs Support

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TIDAL
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.
Learn more here: TIDAL

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qobuz
ESOTERIC is an official partner of Qobuz, the leading Hi-Res music streaming and download service in Europe. Benefit from 1 month Free Qobuz Hi-Fi trial (worth = £19,99€)
Learn more here: qobuz

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roon ready
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.
Learn more here: Roon labs

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MQA
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
Learn more here:MQA

Dual Mono D/A Converters

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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
※EDLC=Electric Double-layer Capacitor

34-Bit D/A Processing

The N-05 uses a 34-bit D/A processing algorithm to convert the high-resolution 34-bit PCM signal to analog. This 34-bit encoding resolution is an astounding 1,024 times more detailed than that of 24-bit encoding. In the digital range, full advantage is also taken of this processor's high-bit data gradation to minimize calculation errors and provide faithful analog conversion for outstanding and highly sensitive powers of expression.

Esoteric-HCLD* Type 2 Buffer Amplifier

The N-05's Esoteric-HCLD Type 2 buffer amplifier was developed with know-how derived from such high-end models as the Grandioso C1 preamplifier, and boasts excellent direct current transmission capability, as well as a powerful drive output. Two of these buffer amplifier circuits are installed per channel and configured differentially to drive the XLR outputs, and in parallel to drive the RCA outputs. The strong drive provided to connected equipment ensures that the source's full dynamic range is recreated with a breathtaking sense of realism.
*HCLD = High Current Line Driver

Robust Power Supply

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A robust power supply is critical to the accurate reproduction of all the vibrant energy of music. The N-05 is equipped with a high-output power supply circuit that integrates an enormous, custom-designed toroidal transformer and an array of large capacitors to provide clean and steady power to each circuit block.

High-Precision VCXO Clock

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A high-precision VCXO (voltage controlled crystal oscillator) supplies a highly accurate reference clock signal to the digital circuitry. The N-05's large, custom-designed VCXO was jointly developed with Nihon Dempa Kogyo (NDK), a leading manufacturer of crystal oscillators, exclusively for high-quality audio playback. The cornerstone of quality sound, its large crystal element realizes both excellent center accuracy (±0.5ppm, as shipped from the factory) and extremely low levels of phase noise to ensure exceptional sound playback quality.

External Clock Sync Function

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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.*
*The clock generator's master clock signal is used ‘as is’ by the D/A converter, bypassing its internal PLL circuit to allow straighter, more high-accuracy D/A conversion.

Versatile D/D Converter

The N-05 is equipped with a highly versatile D/D converter and digital filter. In addition to playback at the original sampling frequency, 2x, 4x and 8x up-conversion of the PCM digital signal, as well as cross-format conversion of PCM and DSD using a proprietary algorithm, are all freely selectable. Digital filtering (of both PCM and DSD) can also be enabled or disabled as desired.

A Multitude of Digital Inputs

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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.

Complete Noise Isolation

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The analog circuit following the N-05's D/A converter is separated from its digital circuitry by an isolator that ensures complete noise reduction to maintain the purity of the analog sound output.

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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.

Spec description

 
Digital audio input  
RCA 2
Input level 0.5Vp-p
Input impedance 75Ω
Input signal formats  
Linear PCM 32k to 192kHz, 16bit / 24bit (IEC60958 format)
DSD 2.8MHz (DoP format)
OPTICAL 1
Input level –24.0 to –14.5dBm peak
Input signal formats  
Linear PCM 32k to 192kHz, 16bit / 24bit (IEC60958 format)
DSD 2.8MHz (DoP format)
USB 1 (B type)
Input signal formats  
Linear PCM 44.1k to 384kHz, 16bit / 24bit / 32bit
DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz
ETHERNET 1 (1000BASE-T)
Input signal formats  
Linear PCM 32k to 384kHz, 16bit / 24bit / 32bit (stereo)
• 384kHz/354kHz signals will be downconverted to 192kHz/176.4kHz when played back.
• 32bit signals will be downconverted to 24bit when played back.
• 32bit audio files only support integer formats.
DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz (stereo)
Supported file formats  
PCM lossless FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC) , WAV, AIFF, MQA
DSD lossless DSF, DSDIFF (DFF) , DoP
Compressed audio MP3, AAC (m4a container)
USB DRIVE 1
Supported file formats FAT32, NTFS, Single partition; USB 2.0 or faster recommended
maximum Power Supply 0.5A
Input signal formats  
Linear PCM 44.1kv to 384kHz, 16bit / 24bit / 32bit (stereo)
• 384kHz/354kHz signals will be downconverted to 192kHz/176.4kHz when played back.
• 32bit signals will be downconverted to 24bit when played back.
• 32bit audio files only support integer formats.
DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz (stereo)
Supported file formats  
PCM lossless FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC) , WAV, AIFF, MQA
DSD lossless DSF, DSDIFF (DFF), DoP
Compressed audio MP3, AAC (m4a container)
Digital audio outputs  
RCA 2
Output level 0.5Vp-p (75Ω loaded)
Output impedance 75Ω
Output signal formats  
Linear PCM 32k to 192kHz, 16bit / 24bit (IEC60958 format)
DSD 2.8MHz (DoP format)
Analog audio outputs  
XLR 1 pair (L/R)
Output level 5.0Vrms (1kHz, 10kΩ loaded)
Output impedance 20Ω
RCA 1 pair (L/R)
Output level 2.5Vrms (1kHz, 10kΩ load)
Output impedance 20Ω
Clock sync input  
BNC 1
Input impedance 75Ω
Input level  
Rectangle wave equivalent to TTL level
Sine wave 0.5 to 1.0Vrms (50 to 75Ω)
Clock sync output  
BNC 1
Output level equivalent to TTL level (75Ω load)
Output frequencies 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k, 176.4k, 192kHz, 22.5792MHz, 24,576MHz
Equivalent to input frequency (at through output)
General  
Power supply  
  AC 230V, 50Hz
  AC 120V, 60Hz
  AC 220V, 60Hz
Power consumption 18W
External dimensions (W×H×D) 445 × 107 × 356mm
17-⅝" × 4-¼" × 14-⅛" (including protrusions)
Weight 11kg / 24-⅜ lb
Included accessories Power cord × 1
Owner's manual × 1
Warranty card × 1

 

Audio performance

Frequency response 5Hz to 70kHz (–3dB, 192kHz PCM signal input)
S/N ratio 117dB
Distortion 0.0007% (1kHz)

 

  • This product is available in three different power supply variations, as shown in the chart above. Make sure that the voltage shown on the rear panel matches the AC line voltage in your area.
  • The shape of the AC inlet and plug of the supplied power cord depends on the voltage rating and destination country.
  • Design and specification are subject to change without notice.
  • Weight and dimensions are approximate.

 

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  • 5
    Best Buy Component 2017-2018

    Posted by Stereo Sound Publishing Inc. on 28th Oct 2020

    Digital File Player category

  • 5
    Best Buy Component 2018-2019

    Posted by Stereo Sound Publishing Inc. on 28th Oct 2020

    Digital File Player category

  • 5
    Visual Grand Prix 2016 Summer

    Posted by Ongen Shuppan Publishing Co., Ltd on 28th Oct 2020

    Network Audio Player category (over JPY500k)

  • 5
    HiVi Summer Best Buy 2016

    Posted by Stereo Sound Publishing Inc. on 28th Oct 2020

    Network Audio Player category (over JPY500k)

  • 5
    HiVi Winter Best Buy 2017

    Posted by Stereo Sound Publishing Inc. on 28th Oct 2020

    Network Audio Player category (over JPY500k) 4th. place

  • 5
    HiVi Summer Best Buy 2017

    Posted by Stereo Sound Publishing Inc. on 28th Oct 2020

    Network Audio Player category (over JPY500k) 4th. place

  • 5
    HiVi Winter Best Buy 2016

    Posted by Stereo Sound Publishing Inc. on 28th Oct 2020

    Network Audio Player category (over JPY500k) 3rd. place

  • 5
    HiVi Summer Best Buy 2018

    Posted by Stereo Sound Publishing Inc. on 28th Oct 2020

    Network Audio Player category (over JPY500k) 3rd. place

  • 5
    HiVi Winter Best Buy 2018

    Posted by Stereo Sound Publishing Inc. on 28th Oct 2020

    Network Audio Player category (over JPY500k) 3rd. place

  • 5
    STEREO Best Buy Component 2016

    Posted by Ongaku no Tomo Sha Corporation on 28th Oct 2020

    Digital Player category (JPY350k to 700k)

  • 5
    Audio Excellence Award 2017

    Posted by Ongen Shuppan Publishing Co., Ltd on 28th Oct 2020

    Silver Prize

  • 5
    Visual Grand Prix 2017

    Posted by Ongen Shuppan Publishing Co., Ltd on 28th Oct 2020

    Network Audio Player category (JPY500k to 1000k) Gold Prize