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Pioneer XDP is an Android-powered MP3 player with a metal design

by Jacob Kleinman | October 19, 2015October 19, 2015 7:00 pm PDT

Pioneer is launching its own standalone music player designed to compete with premium devices like Sony’s Walkman ZX1 and the Neil Young-backed PonoPlayer. The XDP offers high-quality audio and a pretty unique metal design.

The new gadget promises to handle any type of music you throw at it, including lossless FLAC, DSD, WAV and more. Pioneer included a pair of circuit boards as well, with one focused on running Android and the second devoted entirely to audio.

The XDP also packs a 4.7-inch 720p display, 10 hours of battery life and 32GB of storage with two microSD card slots capable of supporting up to 128GB per slot, giving you the potential to store 288GB of content. It runs Android with access to Google Play, so users can also download apps, games and videos.

The design looks premium, though not particularly sleek. Pioneer built a chunky metal box that’s 5 inches tall, 3 inches wide and 0.5 inches thick. The company also offers detachable bumpers for extra protection.

The Pioneer XDP costs $500 and launches on Nov. 8 in Japan, where high-end audio equipment is particularly popular. There’s no word on whether the device will be available in the U.S. or anywhere else, though we may learn more next month when it’s released.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...