Network Audio Player


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To the Future of Musical Reproduction

Network Audio

Imagine choosing and playing back your favorite music with outstanding sound quality without leaving the comfort of your listening seat. ESOTERIC’s N-01 Network Audio Player makes this a reality.

The N-01 enables you to enjoy the vivid musical experience of DSD master sound sources. You can quickly and easily access your digital music library, or actively seek out new encounters in music with streaming services available in your area. Simply make effective use of your home network environment to bring your relationship with music even closer. In addition to your home audio components, all you need are a standard domestic LAN connection (with wireless router) and a tablet or smartphone. You can also incorporate an NAS (Network Attached Storage) device to hold your entire music library. It’s that simple! Just make these changes to discover a whole new level of high-quality musical enjoyment without compromise.

Compatible with a Variety of Audio Sources

The N-01 is fully equipped with a wide range of select high-end specifications to ensure it delivers superb network audio playback quality. Compatible with 5.6MHz DSD, 384kHz/32-bit PCM playback(*) 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, delivering full enjoyment of live or opera recordings with no interruptions between musical tracks. *The N-01 down-converts signals to 192kHz/24-bit while playing back 384kHz/32-bit PCM signals when in network mode.

ESOTERIC Sound Stream

ESOTERIC Sound Stream is an Apple iOS/Android application for tablets and smartphones designed with an emphasis on both sound quality and intuitive operability for network playback. Simply select musical tracks using the tablet/smartphone to create a customized playlist and then play the playlist. All screens are intuitively designed for easy operation and access to playlists and libraries, making it easier for anyone to use. Yet it also has a wide range of refined features that meet the demands of even the most experienced users.
Key to this achievement is the excellent search and retrieval function that fully utilizes tag information. Images are also stored in the app, enabling you to instantly scroll through album artwork and libraries according to categories such as artist, year of recording, composer or category. This use of tag information even allows tracks that have the same name but different formats to be easily identified on the screen.

Music Server Function

The N-01 can also be used as a simplified music server that integrates both player and library by connecting large-capacity storage devices to two USB ports on the front and rear of the unit.

Streaming Services / Audio Codecs Support


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. TIDAL


ESOTERIC is an official partner of Qobuz, the leading Hi-Res music streaming and download service in Europe. Benefit from 1 month Free Qobuz Hi-Fi trial (worth = £19,99€) by visiting Qobuz.


Roon is the most engaging, enjoyable way to browse your music.
Being Roon Ready means that ESOTERIC network players transparently discover and connect to Roon, with no network configuration, with bitperfect delivery of audio to your dac.
Together, Roon and ESOTERIC deliver the power, flexibility, and performance benefits of networked audio, with the easiest setup and highest reliability available.
Learn more here: Roon labs

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated)

MQA is an award-winning technology that delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download. Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, MQA captures and authenticates the sound of the original studio performance. Visit for more information. MQA

Cutting-edge Electronics

Newly Designed Integrated Dual Monaural D/A Converters for the Ultimate in Sound Quality

The D/A converters of the K1/N-01 feature the lavish specifications you would expect of a premium all-in-one model. This completely new design utilizes the finest possible materials and circuit technology available in the world today. The circuit incorporates the premium 32-bit AK4497 DAC chipset from AKM (Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation) in conjunction with the high-end MUSES03 operational amplifier from New Japan Radio Co., Ltd.
Eight parallel/differential circuits drive each channel to achieve outstanding linearity and low distortion. The D/A converter features separate left and right power transformers and eight power supply regulators for each channel, which are located directly next to each circuit to ensure a clean and highly stable power supply. The isolation of the digital circuits and analog circuits has also been improved to give listeners a vivid musical reproduction that is both pure and carries a superior image and depth.

35-bit D/A Processing for Outstanding Musical Expression

The N-01 combines multiple 32-bit DAC chipsets and utilizes a 35-bit D/A processing algorithm to convert the PCM signal to analog at a high 35-bit resolution. 35-bit processing achieves an astounding resolution that is fully 2,048 times that of 24-bit processing. In the digital range, high-bit data gradation is fully utilized to minimize arithmetic errors and provide faithful conversion to analog, attaining outstanding musical expression even with extremely small music signals.

ESOTERIC-HCLD*1 : ESOTERIC’s Proprietary High Current Output Buffer Circuit The ability to produce comparatively large currents and high slew rates are two of the most important factors that enable an analog output circuit to accurately transmit the wide dynamic range of a music signal without degradation. The N-01 offers the ultimate performance as a line driver by adopting high-performance elements with a high current output and exceptionally fast slew rate (2,000V/μs) for excellent response speed. Two of these buffer circuits are employed per channel. The available instantaneous output current is maximized by configuring them differentially to drive the XLR outputs and in parallel to drive the RCA outputs. Furthermore, an EDLC*2 super capacitor array is utilized as the power source of the buffer circuits. Its amazingly high capacitance of 125,000μF for each channel provides unwavering low-frequency ranges, and enables the reproduction of musical dynamism with breathtaking reality.

*1: HCLD = High Current Line Driver
*2: EDLC = Electric Double-layer Capacitor

4 Powerful Independent Power Sources

The N-01 is equipped with four large toroidal transformers, with two dedicated to the built-in monaural D/A converters, one for the digital circuit board and one for the network module, creating the ideal power supply for each circuit block. The 100,000μF high capacitance EDLC super capacitor array installed in the network module dedicated power supply is selected specifically for use in our flagship model network audio players to provide incredible improvements in sound quality.

Highly Rigid Chassis Design

The N-01 features the same highly-acclaimed 2-layer thick aluminum and steel rigid chassis design as K-series models. The chassis interior has a double-decker construction that both reduces interference between circuits and shortens the power supply paths to further improve sound quality. Each slot in every part of the chassis is precisely machined using laser technology to effectively reduce vibration. The entire bottom chassis is supported on 5mm-thick steel by our proprietary pinpoint feet (patent No;JP4075477) to create a complete mechanical grounding that protects against vibration.

Versatile D/D Conversion Function

The N-01 is equipped with a highly versatile D/D conversion function and digital filter. In addition to playback at the original sampling frequency, you can easily switch to 2x, 4x, 8x, and 16x (maximum: 768kHz) up-conversion of the PCM digital signal, as well as cross-format conversion of PCM and fixed 22.5MHz DSD signal using a proprietary algorithm. DSD Digital filtering can also be enabled or disabled as desired.

USB Audio Interface Support for 22.5MHz DSD, 768kHz/32-bit PCM, and Asynchronous Transmission

The N-01 includes a USB audio interface for connecting to computers, and the driver and “ESOTERIC HR Audio Player” playback software can be downloaded free from the ESOTERIC website. The N-01 supports asynchronous transmission and playback at high sampling rates up to 22.5MHz DSD and of 768kHz/32-bit PCM source files.

Digital Inputs

Three digital inputs (XLR, RCA, and optical) enable connection to a wide range of systems. These inputs support DSD 2.8MHz (DoP) input and PCM of up to 192kHz/24-bit.

High-Precision VCXO Clock

The clock circuit supplies a high-accuracy reference clock signal to the digital circuitry. The Grandioso Custom VCXO (voltage-controlled crystal oscillator) is a high-precision custom clock that utilizes a large crystal element to ensure exceptional sound quality with excellent center accuracy (±0.5ppm) and extremely low levels of phase noise.

Clock Sync Function for Synchronization with External Devices

Connecting the N-01 to a high-precision master clock generator such as the G-01X allows synch- ronization of the unit’s operation with an external clock signal, thereby enabling the system to be further upgraded for quality. The supported input frequencies are 44.1kHz groups, 48kHz groups, as well as 10MHz, 22MHz and 24MHz.
You can also synchronize the internal digital circuits to a super high accuracy external clock when you playback digital source files streamed from a PC via USB input.

Custom MIL Standard Clock Input Cable with SMA Connector

The clock input wiring uses hardwired connection with a superb quality MIL-compliant custom coaxial cable. This cable features a gold plated SMA connector that was specifically developed for high frequency transmission, and an original milled brass BNC terminal designed by ESOTERIC to achieve a secure connection in order to minimize loss of transmission as far as possible.

Complete Noise Isolation

The analog circuit is separated from the digital circuitry by an isolator that ensures complete noise reduction to maintain the purity of the analog sound output.




Since 1987, Esoteric has pursued a path dedicated to being a superior high-end audio/video brand focused on introducing components of the best value by merging innovative, proprietary recording and replay technologies. In order to meet the desires of musical and visual connoisseurs who are seeking new levels of excitement, Esoteric’s mission has been to continue to develop and release new products that improve upon the "state of the art", from highly acclaimed pure audio/video source devices to Super Audio CD and DVD components. Esoteric applied its no-compromise philosophy with the same intense consideration to its flagship Grandioso series to produce the next dimension of sound and audio immersion. With the Grandioso series, Esoteric sought to eradicate ANY distortions and colorations by taking a fresh look at entrenched norms and design elements, and by scrutinizing every last design detail – no matter how minute. All of the design tweaks, too numerous to elaborate here, yield an exceptional sonic purity that sweeps away distractions and enables listeners to experience an unprecedented level of musical detail and stunning visual presentation. Overture, as a provider of the “ultimate” audio/video products, is a select dealer for Esoteric and its Grandioso line. If you are interested in purchasing Esoteric or Esoteric's Grandioso components and have an electronic component or more that you would like to trade-in, please fill out Overture’s Trade-In Form.
Additional information

Additional information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 12 in