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Esoteric Network Audio Player-N-05

Model #: N-05
At a Glance

Total sound quality without compromise. This has been Esoteric's core philosophy since its birth in 1987. Now this zeal for excellence extends to the highest quality in music streaming, pushing Esoteric to develop a new network audio player - one that offers listeners supreme ease in their musical enjoyment.

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Get to know this product.

From DSD high-resolution masters to reacquaintances with old classics lying hidden for years in a corner of your CD library, all can be instantly accessed from your giant music library, and all from the comfort of your listening seat. Passion and pride invested in advanced technology and exquisite craftsmanship support high quality you can rely on. Let the N-05 bring you closer still to the music you love and lead you to a more complete sense of musical enjoyment. Onward to the future of musical reproduction.

  • Flexible Network Interface with tablet control
  • MQA Certified
  • Four digital filters and digital filter “Off” mode
  • 4 32-bit (AK4490) DAC circuits
  • USB Support for 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz DSD and up to 384/32-bit PCM

Network Audio

Access any music you like and play it back with the finest in sound quality, all without moving from the comfort of your listening seat - the N-05 makes this luxurious dream a reality. Enjoy the vivid musical experience of DSD master sound sources. Convert giant CD collections to a digital library for quick and easy access. Actively seek out new encounters in music with TIDAL. Use your home network environment to make your relationship with music ever closer.

Besides your home audio components, all you need are a standard domestic LAN connection (w/ wireless router) and an iPad. A large-capacity NAS* device can hold your entire music library. With these few items, a comfortable life of high-quality musical enjoyment without compromise can soon be yours.

Compatible with a Variety of Audio Sources

A thorough infusion of select high-end specifications ensures the N-05 delivers superb sound quality. Compatible with 2.8/5.6MHz DSD, 192kHz/24-bit PCM and a host of other formats (DSF, DSDIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, MP3, and AAC),* gapless playback capability is also offered in all lossless formats, permitting full enjoyment of live or opera recordings with no interruptions between musical tracks.

ESOTERIC Sound Stream

Esoteric Sound Stream is an Apple iOS application for the iPad* designed with an emphasis on both sound quality and network playback operating ease. Its basic operation simply entails selecting musical tracks using the iPad, creating customized personal playlists, and playing the selections or playlists. All screens for key operation, playlists, library, etc. are arranged for easy viewing, enabling even users unfamiliar with the app to operate it with intuitive ease. Its high degree of refinement even meets the rigorous demands of advanced and experienced users.

Key to this achievement is the app's excellent search and retrieval performance, which takes full advantage of tag information. Since images are also cached in the app, album artwork can be instantly scrolled through and libraries can be freely sorted into such classifications as artist, year of recording, composer or category. This use of tag information even allows musical numbers of the same name which differ in format to be easily identified on the screen.

Music Server Function

The N-05 can also be used as a simplified music server integrating both player and library by connecting a large-capacity storage device to the USB port on its rear panel. With the ability to be used as a secondary music server, even users new to the NAS directory structure can easily get started.


Begin your encounters with new music through TIDAL, a high-end music streaming service that has officially partnered with Esoteric. TIDAL's lossless music distribution service operates on a fixed rate basis. Offering instant access to its enormous sound library, TIDAL enables users to enjoy their favorite music online with excellent sound quality.

Dual Mono D/A Converters

A feature of its Super Audio CD players, Esoteric's D/A converters and analog circuitry have won accolades for total sound quality. Employing Asahi Kasei Microdevices' AK4490 chip set, the converter is configured in four parallel and differential circuits (8 outputs) driving each channel to achieve superb sound quality with remarkable linearity and low distortion. Its discreet dual mono configuration also provides excellent channel separation.

Technology developed for the Grandioso C1 is also employed in the DAC's power supply, which features EDLC* super capacitors. This regulated power supply boasts a total capacity of 500,000µF per channel for exceptional low-frequency sound reproduction.

34-Bit D/A Processing

The N-05 uses a 34-bit D/A processing algorithm to convert the high-resolution 34-bit PCM signal to analog. This 34-bit encoding resolution is an astounding 1,024 times more detailed than that of 24-bit encoding. In the digital range, full advantage is also taken of this processor's high-bit data gradation to minimize calculation errors and provide faithful analog conversion for outstanding and highly sensitive powers of expression.

Useful Documents

Digital Audio Inputs

RCA Connectors2
Input Level0.5Vp-p
Input Impedance75O
Input Signal Formats32 - 192kHz, 16 - 24-bit Linear PCM (IEC 60958), DSD (DoP)
Optical Digital Connector1
Input Level-24.0 to -14.5dBm peak
Input Signal Formats32 - 192kHz, 16 - 24-bit Linear PCM (IEC 60958), DSD (DoP)
USB Port1 (Type B)
Input Signal Formats (USB Port)44.1 - 384kHz, 16 - 32-bit Linear PCM, 2.8/5.6/11.2MHz DSD
Ethernet Port1000BASE-T
Input Signal Formats44.1 - 384kHz, 16 - 32-bit Linear PCM, 2.8/5.6MHz DSD
Supported File FormatsDSD Lossless: DSF, DSDIFF (DFF), DoP / PCM Lossless: FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC), WAV, AIFF / Compressed Audio: MP3, AAC (m4a container)
USB Storage Device Port1 (Type A) ; FAT32; USB 2.0 or faster recommended

Digital Audio Output

RCA Connectors1
Output Level0.5Vp-p (into 75O load)
Output Impedance75O
Output Signal Formats44.1 - 192kHz, 16 - 24-bit Linear PCM (IEC 60958 format), DSD (DoP format)

Clock Sync Input

BNC Connectors1
Frequencies that can be input (±10ppm)44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 10MHz, 22.5792MHz, 24.576MHz
Input Impedance75O
Input LevelRectangle wave: TTL level equivalent Sine wave: 0.5 to 1.0Vrms (50 - 75)

Clock Sync Output

BNC Connectors1
Output LevelTTL level equivalent (into 75O)
Output Frequencies44.1kHz, 88.2kHz, 176.4kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz, 22.5792MHz, 24.576MHz Equivalent to input frequency (at through output)

Analog Audio Outputs

XLR Connectors1 pair (L/R)
Output Impedance20O
Maximum Output Level (at 1kHz, 10kO load)5.0Vrms
RCA Connectors1 pair (L/R)
Output Impedance20O
Maximum Output Level (at 1kHz, 10kO load)2.5Vrms
Frequency Response (192kHz PCM)5Hz - 70kHz (-3dB)
S/N Ratio117dB
Distortion0.0007% (1kHz)


Power Supply230V, 50Hz / 120V, 60Hz / 220V, 60Hz
Power Consumption18W
External Dimensions (W x H x D, including protrusions)445mm x 107mm x 356mm (17 5/8? x 4 1/4? x 14 1/8?)
Weight11kg (24 3/8 lb)

Included Accessories

Power Cord1
Felt Pads4
Owner's Manual1
Warranty Card1

Misc. Specs

Product Weight24.3800
Depth (in.)14.13
Width (in.)17.63
Height (in.)4.25
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