Pioneer’s A-70DA and A-50DA receive first UK showing at Bristol

Pioneer has fitted both amps with an 8-channel ESS DAC that allows for 4-channel parallel drive on the right and left channels. It supports hi-res audio up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD 11.2MHz.

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Both are driven by Class D amplification and feature a small internal circuit and heat sink, which Pioneer says allows the amps to “drive with greater efficiency and provides a reduction in signal loss and interference”.

Connections across the two amps include MM phono, USB, coaxial and optical digital. The A-70DA has the added benefit of supporting MC cartridges and a balanced XLR3 input.

Both amplifiers will be on show at Pioneer’s stand at the Bristol Show, with the XDP-100R digital audio player being used as a source device. The A-50DA and A-70DA are available now for £699 and £1199 respectively.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.