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    Esoteric K-05XD

    Any experience with the new K-05XD?
    How does it compare to other similarly priced cd-players?

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    Re: Esoteric K-05XD

    We have one in the store and itís really fantastic at the right price. Comes quite close to the K-03XD in performance.


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    Mike, I wonder if it actually exceeds the K-03XD since it's a newer release with potential "lessons learned" and improvements implemented from upper level models (just some feedback I have heard)? I still don't get the Esoteric pricing model to have two units about $3,000 dollars apart and then jump to the K-01XD at $24,000.

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    Re: Esoteric K-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by jet787 View Post
    Mike, I wonder if it actually exceeds the K-03XD since it's a newer release with potential "lessons learned" and improvements implemented from upper level models (just some feedback I have heard)? I still don't get the Esoteric pricing model to have two units about $3,000 dollars apart and then jump to the K-01XD at $24,000.
    Wishful thinking, but no. It surely doesnít. The K-03XD is superior.

    Their pricing I think is brilliant. Budgets are pretty much in that $10k, $15k, $20k range and above and although those arenít the exact numbers, they are close enough. I would say, they really know the market and buyers well.


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    Re: Esoteric K-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Their pricing I think is brilliant...
    And the product is brilliant. I'm a big fan of Esoteric. Their products work flawlessly and are engineering masterpieces.
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    Re: Esoteric K-05XD

    Has anyone compared the Esoteric players to similarly priced Luxmans?

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    Mike would be the best to weigh in on your question since he carries both brands.

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    Re: Esoteric K-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    We have one in the store and itís really fantastic at the right price. Comes quite close to the K-03XD in performance.


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    Mike, could you please tell me If the bass is on the lean side of neutral or has this changed with the new XD-models? The older Esoteric cdpís could often be described as thin/lean and analytical sounding, What about the K-05XD? 🤔🙏

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    Had a friend bring over his K-05XD today with his G-05 clock and took a good listen. Certainly not thin or lean at all. I thought the tonal qualities of the unit were absolutely beautiful. Very rich and may I dare say with a nice bit or warmth. Had very good detail as well. Where it wasnít as good was soundstage size Ö It seemed rather small in all directions compared to my older D-02X dac which to be fair was at a much higher price range. Iíve heard a K-01XD also and its soundstage was quite a bit larger in all directions than the K-05XD to my ears but that comes at a price to be sure. For the money itís an awesome sounding CD Player and I would recommend highly at that price point if you are still spinning those little silver discís like I do. Best bet is to get it in your system and listen as system synergy is always important but a contender to be sure.

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    Re: Esoteric K-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by gadawg View Post
    Had a friend bring over his K-05XD today with his G-05 clock and took a good listen. Certainly not thin or lean at all. I thought the tonal qualities of the unit were absolutely beautiful. Very rich and may I dare say with a nice bit or warmth. Had very good detail as well. Where it wasnít as good was soundstage size Ö It seemed rather small in all directions compared to my older D-02X dac which to be fair was at a much higher price range. Iíve heard a K-01XD also and its soundstage was quite a bit larger in all directions than the K-05XD to my ears but that comes at a price to be sure. For the money itís an awesome sounding CD Player and I would recommend highly at that price point if you are still spinning those little silver discís like I do. Best bet is to get it in your system and listen as system synergy is always important but a contender to be sure.

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    Many Thanks George 🙏
    Great to hear that it is not thin and analytical sounding like some older cdpís from Eso sometimes can be described.
    Iím sure the more expensive models are slightly better but I donít think Iím willing to spend more than the price for the K-05XD and it is also available in black. A great match with my Diablo 300 👌Ö..and with my Maggie 3.7ís I hope the soundstage will be large enough 😊

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    Re: Esoteric K-05XD

    I note that the Master Sound Discrete Clock for Digital Player feature announced with much fanfare in the new K1X SE, D1X SE, P1X SE, and N-10XD SE offerings made its first rather understated appearance in the K-05XD.

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    Re: Esoteric K-05XD

    That's actually a very good point.
    I guess the next ones to come are the rest of the K series; K01XD and K03XD

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    Re: Esoteric K-05XD

    There is a new I/F firmware available for K-05XD owners who use an external clock.
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