At A Glance
Plus: USB DAC built in AirPlay, optional Bluetooth
Minus: Small font on display No headphone output
This is a great-sounding way to add network audio features, especially the crucial USB DAC, to an existing system.
Have you watched in dismay as new features have left your old surround receiver or stereo preamp in the dust? Would you like to hang on to your old buddy but give it a new coat of paint? The Pioneer Elite N-50 bids to do just that, bringing a USB DAC, optional wireless connectivity, and other computer audio-related features into a rack-size component. It brings your existing equipment up to date for the second decade of the 21st century.