The N-05XD Network DAC/Preamp by Esoteric is a new addition to the world of high-end audio components. It boasts a Master Sound Discrete DAC that is the most revolutionary two-channel stereo DAC circuit in the company’s history. The engineers behind the N-05XD have carefully selected discrete components to create a complete circuit that can perfectly reproduce the dynamics and energy of recorded music. This was achieved by investing in luxurious materials for the construction of the Master Sound Discrete DAC, including 16 separate elements for each channel, all kept fully independent to ensure pure sound output with virtually no loss of musical energy.
The N-05XD is also equipped with Esoteric’s exclusive Delta-Sigma (ΔΣ) modulator, which supports 64-bit/512Fs audio frequency sampling. Separate FPGA digital processing algorithms were developed for each step in the conversion process to extract the optimum sound quality from all compatible digital sources. As a source component, the N-05XD is equipped with a dedicated high-end network audio engine that supports DSD 22.5MHz playback and has a dedicated linear power supply. The N-05XD is compatible with an extensive range of audio codecs, including Tidal, Qobuz, and Spotify, and also supports full decoding of MQA digital input.
In addition to its streaming and audio file playback capabilities, the N-05XD also comes with a fully balanced dual mono headphone amplifier and a remote control that features easy-operation buttons on both sides. The N-05XD is also versatile, functioning as a standalone digital source or DAC when switched to fixed line level output, and as a front channel preamp in a surround sound AV speaker system. It also comes equipped with a Bluetooth receiver that supports high-quality sound codecs, such as LDAC, LHDC, aptX HD, aptX, and AAC, and an external clock sync for even higher sound quality. The N-05XD’s semi-floating top panel and high-precision laser-cut slits on its power supply transformer mounts help control vibration for the best possible sound quality.
In conclusion, the N-05XD Network DAC/Preamp by Esoteric is a high-end audio component with cutting-edge technology, high-end materials, and a wide range of functions. Its goal is to provide a high-quality musical experience that accurately reproduces the liveliness and energy of recorded music.