Pioneer has announced details of its new reference disc spinner in the form of the PD-70AE. Able to play CD and SACD via its large aluminium drawer-loading mechanism, the player promises to be a usefully flexible CD source
and also act as a DAC via optical and a coaxial digital inputs at the rear. Decoding is handled by a pair of ESS9026PRO DACs and the entire circuit has been assembled to be fully balanced. A three-mode adjustable filter fine tunes the presentation with a choice of Slow, Sharp and Short settings. 

There are separate power supplies for the digital and analogue stages, with the shortest possible signal paths and circuit components selected following extensive listening tests. The solid chassis weighs 18kg and uses the company’s Rigid Under Base system with a shielded compartment and a honeycomb top plate, anti-vibration paint on the CD mechanism and special insulator feet. It has XLR or switchable RCA outputs. 

Available to buy now for £2,000, you can find out more here.