The effective transition away from MP3-only devices has been at steady for years, but for users looking for higher-quality audio, there are still niche products that deliver better quality than what ordinary smartphones can provide.

The newest entrant in the high-end MP3 category is Pioneer's own XDP-100R. The reported $500 device runs on Android software and boasts a heavy array of audio formats, including; "lossless FLAC, MQA, and ALAC, as well as DSD audio up to 11.2MH," according to The Verge. The device, which was unveiled by the Japanese company at this year's IFA, also boasts two distinct circuit boards for regular processing and specific audio components. The company notes this inclusion will "eliminate the effects of digital noise."

Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, a company spokesperson noted that the model is perfect "for those who feel smartphones aren’t offering satisfying sound quality." The model seen above is roughly 13 centimeters tall, 7.6 centimeters wide, and carries a 4.7-inch display.

News of a new MP3 player may not sound so surprising considering the relative uptick in sales over the past year in Japan. According to market research, sales of high-resolution audio has gone up nearly 40 percent compared to the previous year. Sales of the XDP-100R will begin in late November.