Esoteric has just officially launched its new N-05XD, which combines a network player, DAC, preamplifier, and headphone amplifier in one product.

Starting new audio style with network, with the Master Sound Discrete DAC that invites you to a new digital audio world, an attenuator system that maximizes potential of your speakers and power amplifier, digital and analog inputs, and preamplifier that settles in the middle of the system.
Network Technologies
A network circuit that audio manufacturer designs, exclusive for music playback
Accommodating a linear-power driven network circuit that employed on the N-01XD, expressing more musical detail on network sources with natural power supply regulated by dedicated power transformers, supporting various Internet streaming services.
Employing a newly developed Master Sound Discrete DAC
A newly developed DAC that succeeds the philosopy of the Grandioso D1X’s Master Sound Discrete DAC that reached the summit.
* The Master Sound Discrete DAC is a fully in-house designed discrete DAC completed by ESOTERIC who has been aiming for the original master sound.
The ESOTERIC-QVCS attenuator system achieves operability and sound quality
The ESOTERIC-QVCS attenuator system establishes L/R and positive/negative independence refined by ESOTERIC’s successive preamplifiers and integrated amplifiers, while expressing passion of music regardless volume level.
The ESOTERIC-HCLD buffer circuit delivers every single allurement of music
Employing the ESOTERIC-HCLD circuit as an output buffer circuit that pursues the current transmission capacity and speed, crucial for analog output circuits. These high-speed elements with 2,000V/μs of response speed in through rate achieve the dynamism of music with breathtaking reality.
ES-LINK Analog input/output that enable unique current transmission
  • A 4-pin XLR connector for balanced headphones
  • Accommodating an L/R independent and fully balanced headphone amplifier with exclusive ESOTERIC-HCLD buffer circuit that firmly grips high-end headphones with 600Ω impedance.
  • External Clock sync function
  • Allowing the N-05XD to synchronize with high precision 10MHz Master Clock.
  • Large capacity power supply units build the ESOTERIC sound
  • Accommodating dedicated toroidal-core power transformers including 4-inch diameter one employed on the N-01XD for Network section and DAC/Audio section. And, an extra power sypply for Control/Display sections consolidates independency from audio processing.
  • Robust and flexible chassis constructionl that manages vibrations
  • Semi-floating top panel
  • Slits processed on the bottom chassis
  • ESOTERIC pin-point feet
  • Complementary network audio app with look-and-feel user interface, the ESOTERIC Sound Stream(for iOS/Android)
  • Built-in Bluetooth® receiver
Key specifications
  • Digital inputs: XLR × 1, RCA × 2, Optical × 2, USB audio, ETHERNET, USB port for flash drive × 2, Bluetooth®
  • Analog inputs: XLR × 1 pair, RCA × 1 pair
  • Analog outputs: XLR/ES-LINK Analog × 1 pair, ES-LINK Analog pre-out × 1 pair, RCA × 1 pair
  • Clock input: BNC × 1 (10MHz)
  • Overall dimensions: 445 × 131 × 377mm (W×H×D, including protruding)
Included accessories
  • Power cord × 1
  • Remote control unit (RC-1334) × 1
  • Owner’s manual × 1