Esoteric N-01 Network Audio Player



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The N-01 is ESOTERIC's flagship network audio player, newly developed with a premium DAC module designed for use with our Grandioso K1 super audio CD player. The DAC chipset is equipped with the AK4497, the highest performing DAC in the history of AKM (as of June 2017), and the DAC module features a luxurious differential 8-circuit independent power regulator design for each channel that is unique to the K1/N-01 models.
Additionally, the highly acclaimed four independent power supply construction of the K series Super Audio CD players, superb component selection and design concepts are incorporated as standard in the N-01.
We have poured more than 30-years' worth of digital player development know-how into every detail of the N-01, incorporating our proprietary "ES-LINK Analog" transmission method, 35-bit D/A processing algorithm, and HCLD buffer amplifier equipped with 125,000μF super capacitors.
This combination of our prestigious audio circuitry, highly advanced network audio module and playback applications create a cutting-edge device that is incredibly easy to use, generating an entirely new standard for network playback.

The N-01 is controlled via the Esoteric Soundstream app for Apple iOS and Android.


Digital audio inputs

  • XLR Connectors: 1
  • Input level: 5.0Vp-p
  • Input impedance: 110 ohm
  • Input signal formats: Linear PCM (AES/EBU) 32 - 192kHz, 16/24bit, DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
  • RCA Connectors: 1
  • Input level: 0.5Vp-p
  • Input impedance: 75
  • Input signal formats: Linear PCM( IEC60958) 32 - 192kHz, 16/24bit, DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
  • Optical digital connector: 1
  • Input level -24.0 to -14.5dBm peak
  • Input signal formats: Linear PCM( IEC60958) 32 - 192kHz, 16/24bit, DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
  • USB port: 1 (Type B)
  • Input signal formats: Linear PCM 44.1 - 768kHz, 16/32bit
  • DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.5MHz
  • Ethernet port: 1000BASE-T
  • Input signal formats: Linear PCM 44.1 - 384kHz, 16/32bit, DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz
  • supported file formats: DSD lossless - DSF, DSDIFF (DFF), DoP, PCM lossless - FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC), WAV, AIFF
  • Compressed Audio: MP3, AAC (m4a container)
  • USB drive ports: FAT32 and NTFS, Single partition, USB 2.0 or higher recommended, 0.5A maximum current supply

Clock Sync Input

  • BNC connector: 1
  • Frequencies that can be input (±10 ppm) 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz,
  • 176.4kHz,192kHz, 10MHz, 22.5792MHz, 24.576MHz
  • Input impedance: 50
  • Input level: Rectangle wave equivalent to TTL levels, Sine wave: 0.5 to 1.0 Vrms (50 – 75)

Analog audio outputs

  • XLR connectors: 1 pair (L /R)
  • RCA connectors: 1pair (L /R)
  • Output impedance: XLR: 20, RCA: 23.5
  • Maximum output level (at 1kHz, 10k load): XLR: 5.0Vrms, RCA: 2.5Vrms
  • Frequency response (PCM 192kHz): 5Hz – 70kHz (-3dB)
  • S/N Ratio: 120dB
  • Distortion: 0.0007% (1 kHz)


  • Power supply: AC 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
  • Power consumption: 33W
  • External dimensions (W × H × D, including protrusions) 445 × 162 × 438 mm
  • Weight: 25.7 kg (56 3/4 lb)
  • Included Accessories: Power cord × 1, Felt pads × 4, Owner’s manual × 1, Warranty card × 1