Disclaimer: the Pioneer XDP-100R featured in this post was lent me by Ongaku Shuppansha, a magazine client of mine whose yearly half-yearly publications and events I shoot. I had the XDP-100R for most of a day. I shot it, RMAA'd it but never plugged in a headphone for personal listening.
It looks like a Jeep designed by a man worried about his manhood. It performs like an Onkyo DP-X1. It’s got enough 00’s in its name to qualify it for an MI6 franchise of its own. And no way is it sexy enough that the handsomely epilated people on its marketing page would touch it for less than a model's wage. Strangely though, despite all its 00’s and other other idiotic geekified nomenclature, I find it easier to type XDP-100R than DP-X1. What gives?
About 100$ or so, I guess. Both the Pioneer and the Onkyo share similar guts, though the Pioneer is missing a few things. Balanced output, mainly. And a secondary twin DAC. Not that it makes it perform any worse. In fact, side by side, both its unloaded and loaded output measure within outlier expectations. For all intents and purposes, the Onkyo and the Pioneer are the same. Still, the small difference between the two may, to the geek that likes roll bars on her DAP, may be worth the brag. Roll bars and brilliance. Bet you never saw the two cheek by jowl before. I sure haven't.
Depending on the amount of hair on your chest, and the amount of testosterone you’re squirting under your eyelids, the XDP-100R may appear handsome. Since both the Pioneer and the Onkyo fare single-ended RMAA metrics like happy twins, and since their interfaces are as alike as any two identicals, I’ve decided to copy and paste the interface bits from the DP-X1 article. (I’ve taken the liberty of substituting every applicable instance of DP-X1 for XDP-100R, and amend irrelevant areas at a whim.)
The following Rightmark Audio Analyzer tests were conducted through this equipment.
Source: Pioneer XDP-100R
ADC: Lynx Studio HILO LT-TB
Computer: 2012 27" iMac
Cables: 1,5m Hosa Pro 3,5mm stereo to dual 3-pin XLR (around 8$); bespoke y-split 2,5 TRRS to dual 3-pin XLR made by Musashi Sound Technology.
NL - no load
SM2 - Earsonics SM2
ES7 - Audio Technica ES7
DT880 - Beyerdynamic DT880/600
24-bit all loads results @+6dBV
24-bit unloaded summary @+6dBV
If you've got hair on your chest and enjoy the superfluous, roll on with this roll barred DAP. There's nothing but your manhood stopping you from enjoying the XDP-100R. "Onkyo sissies!" taunt Pioneer fans as they tear down the M5 hoping to find the MI6. Yeehaw!