Pioneer's latest audio player, the N-30AE, is equipped with wi-fi, Bluetooth and music streaming support. The company is also launching a pair of CD players, both of which will be released in October.

IFA 2016 is well under way; we've already seen Lightning-port headphones, a gold-plated Walkman and some expensive Yamaha speakers. Now, Pioneer has joined the fray in the form of a new streamer called the N-30AE, and a couple of CD players, the PD-10AE and the PD-30AE.

The N-30AE is the first network player from the company to have dual-band wi-fi (5GHz and 2.4GHz) and Bluetooth support, as well as compatability with streaming services including Google CastSpotifyTIDAL and Deezer.

It can also play all hi-res audio file formats such as FLAC, WAV, and AIFF up to 24-bit/192kHz, controlled by computer, tablet or smartphone via the Pioneer app. Front and rear USB-A inputs allow for the connection of an external hard drive.

A future firmware update will allow any connected USB hard drive to be made available as a NAS drive on your home network, turning the player into a music server.

MORE: Pioneer A-50DA review

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The Pioneer PD-10AE and PD-30AE CD players

As for the CD players, both the PD-10AE and PD-30AE feature a 'silent' CD mechanism and a 24-bit/192kHz DAC (digital-to-analogue converter). However, the PD-30AE comes with a few extra tricks up its sleeve.

For £100 more than its sibling, the Pioneer PD-30AE gets optical and coaxial digital outputs, so it can be used as a CD transport with an external DAC, and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the front.

The Pioneer N-30AE (£450), PD-10AE (£200) and PD-30AE (£280) will all be available from October 2016. 

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TnA200's picture

Pioneer N-50AE???

I wonder if a Pioneer N-50AE is in the pipeline to replace the Pioneer N50A! The price point for this new model seems to be more or less where the Pioneer N50A currently sits... 

Either way this is great news as I have been looking at the Pioneer N50A for the longest time (having tried out the Marantz NA6005 and returned it), and this machine with its upgraded features might be the network player for me, especially after its supposed NAS firmware update. 

I look forward to it being reviewed!!