Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player (Hi-res
Audio streamer) Roon Ready and MQA decoding. Unit is in truly excellent condition. I am the original and only owner.
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
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
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 create 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
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
Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify, and TuneIn
Roon is the most
engaging, enjoyable way to browse your music. Being Roon Ready means that the
N-05 transparently discovers and connect to Roon, with no network
configuration, with bit-perfect delivery of audio to your DAC. Together, Roon
and the N-05 deliver the power, flexibility, and performance benefits of
networked audio, with the easiest setup and highest reliability available.
MQA (Master Quality
Authenticated) 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.
Dual Mono D/A Converters
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.
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
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 common 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
The N-05's Esoteric-HCLD
Type 2 buffer amplifier 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
Robust Power Supply
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
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
Connecting the N-05 to an external G-02X or G-01X 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
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
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.