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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Candy keeps coming! Good looking pieces. Look forward to listening to their top streamer/DAC.
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Ritmo View Post
    ...Look forward to listening to their top streamer/DAC.
    That is a good point. I have been contemplating changing from N-01 to N-03T + D1X, but the N-01XD might cause me to rethink that.
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    Esoteric XD Series

    Ok, 6 discs in now. Color me VERY impressed. “Natural” is the word for this new XD series. Gone is the bite, digital sound of old Esoteric. It doesn’t have the “analogness” (if that’s a word) of Luxman, but what it has is dynamics, punch, detail, separation, bass is tight as hell, amazing vocals and an amazing “naturalness” that has zero fatigue. It’s kind of strange, but it truly resembles “live”. PRAT.

    It’s so incredibly “composed”. I am throwing some complex music at it and it’s handling everything with ease and control.

    I do have the filters set to 4FS. Have not played too much with the other filters.
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    ...and it's only the middle sibling K-03XD, there is still big brother K-01XD and grand daddy K1X, and the king combo D1X/P1X above that!
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    ...and it's only the middle sibling K-03XD, there is still big brother K-01XD and grand daddy K1X, and the king combo D1X/P1X above that!
    But at $14K this is a “sweet spot” for those wanting a world class spinner. I would have gone for the K-01XD, but worried that cracking that $20K barrier (it’s $22K) would be too much for some. The $14K is more achievable and still delivers this incredible level of performance.

    When T+A spinners were under $20k, we sold them like crazy. When they had their big price increase (April 2018) and went way over $20K, it made things much more challenging.
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    I do have the filters set to 4FS. Have not played too much with the other filters.
    Have you tried setting it to DSD?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wklie View Post
    Have you tried setting it to DSD?
    I have. Yes.
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Ok, 6 discs in now. Color me VERY impressed. “Natural” is the word for this new XD series. Gone is the bite, digital sound of old Esoteric. It doesn’t have the “analogness” (if that’s a word) of Luxman, but what it has is dynamics, punch, detail, separation, bass is tight as hell, amazing vocals and an amazing “naturalness” that has zero fatigue. It’s kind of strange, but it truly resembles “live”. PRAT.

    It’s so incredibly “composed”. I am throwing some complex music at it and it’s handling everything with ease and control.



    I do have the filters set to 4FS. Have not played too much with the other filters.
    Mike, please comment on the sound stage - width, depth, layering. (Although I recognize that with your MBL home system (?), this aspect may not be representative of what a typical user might experience?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    Mike, please comment on the sound stage - width, depth, layering. (Although I recognize that with your MBL home system (?), this aspect may not be representative of what a typical user might experience?)
    After warm up, I noticed soundstage wide to be one of the strong points. As good as anything I’ve tried. As the evening went on, soundstage depth, especially during a couple of live recordings, was superb. Definitely great layering as well. I am completely blown away by this new Esoteric sound. In a word: “live”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Ok, 6 discs in now. Color me VERY impressed. “Natural” is the word for this new XD series. Gone is the bite, digital sound of old Esoteric. It doesn’t have the “analogness” (if that’s a word) of Luxman, but what it has is dynamics, punch, detail, separation, bass is tight as hell, amazing vocals and an amazing “naturalness” that has zero fatigue. It’s kind of strange, but it truly resembles “live”. PRAT.

    It’s so incredibly “composed”. I am throwing some complex music at it and it’s handling everything with ease and control.

    I do have the filters set to 4FS. Have not played too much with the other filters.
    What do you consider "old Esoteric"? Are you comparing K-03-XD to K-03 or K-03X?

    What are the optional filters and on the XD? I have two K-03-X and '4FS' is not an option. What are the upsampling options?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    After warm up, I noticed soundstage wide to be one of the strong points. As good as anything I’ve tried. As the evening went on, soundstage depth, especially during a couple of live recordings, was superb. Definitely great layering as well. I am completely blown away by this new Esoteric sound. In a word: “live”.
    Any comparisons to EMM sound signature? I'd figure they would have more in common with other.

    Rather than MSB as an example.

    The N01XD streamer might be a winner for me in the future.

    Looking forward to reading more about it.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by aardvarkbark View Post
    What do you consider "old Esoteric"? Are you comparing K-03-XD to K-03 or K-03X?

    What are the optional filters and on the XD? I have two K-03-X and '4FS' is not an option. What are the upsampling options?
    You can download the K-03XD user manual from the Esoteric website. Basically the 4Fs setting is 4x upsampling (goes up to 16x). There are no optional filters as with the K-03X (and earlier) players.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    I’ve always really enjoyed the sound of the Esoteric Players and Streamers. In my opinion, the Master Clock is not really necessary. It can change the sonic signature. Hard to beat the K-01XD and K-03XD at their respective price points.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    I wonder how a complete Grandioso Series (SACD, DAC, Pre-Amp, Amps) would sound compared to the MSB Select II?
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin View Post
    I wonder how a complete Grandioso Series (SACD, DAC, Pre-Amp, Amps) would sound compared to the MSB Select II?
    I owned the Esoteric Grandioso K1 CD/SACD Player and Grandioso G1 Master Clock (not the Grandioso preamp or amps), and in my opinion, the MSB Select II DAC is sonically superior. But I think we’ve covered this ground before.

    The preamp was ARC REF10 and the amps were Vandersteen M7-HPA monoblocks.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    I owned the Esoteric Grandioso K1 CD/SACD Player and Grandioso G1 Master Clock (not the Grandioso preamp or amps), and in my opinion, the MSB Select II DAC is sonically superior. But I think we’ve covered this ground before.

    Ken
    Sorry, what I was getting at was has the Grandioso been updated with the "new Esoteric" sound, or is it still the "old" sound? If updated how does it compare ...
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin View Post
    I wonder how a complete Grandioso Series (SACD, DAC, Pre-Amp, Amps) would sound compared to the MSB Select II?
    In my opinion the MSB Select II would be an easy choice in this comparison. Sound / performance wise and also in terms of hardware and software obsolescence.
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin View Post
    Sorry, what I was getting at was has the Grandioso been updated with the "new Esoteric" sound, or is it still the "old" sound? If updated how does it compare ...
    Hi Calvin,

    The Esoteric sound changes every year with the new models. Mike is saying a nice improvement with the XD so maybe they’ve closed the gap some. But the Select II DAC got better too with the introduction of their Pro USB Module.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Esoteric went from an approx 4-year product cycle to 2 years with the S series, but with their new in-house FPGA DAC technology
    1- they have the potential to upgrade their DACs via software (if they so choose), and
    2- they are now divorced from the AKM DAC chip product cycles,
    so maybe their future product cycles will lengthen.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by aardvarkbark View Post
    What do you consider "old Esoteric"? Are you comparing K-03-XD to K-03 or K-03X?

    What are the optional filters and on the XD? I have two K-03-X and '4FS' is not an option. What are the upsampling options?
    I had the K-01x, and older K-05 and a Grandioso K1.

    I always felt the older esoteric had “bite” and was over sibilant, and very detailed.

    I was then at one of the shows last year and walked into the Esoteric room. I could tell right away this was a different, very different. I believe you can find my comments about sitting and listening in this room.

    This new XD has such incredible dynamics, bunch and bass control, while none of the previous bite/sibilance. Highly impressed!


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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    Esoteric went from an approx 4-year product cycle to 2 years with the S series, but with their new in-house FPGA DAC technology
    1- they have the potential to upgrade their DACs via software (if they so choose), and
    2- they are now divorced from the AKM DAC chip product cycles,
    so maybe their future product cycles will lengthen.
    They would do themselves proud if they were to confirm they intend to offer an upgrade path, even if only firmware. Their history suggests they will find a way to make any upgrades come with a new model number. Without confirmation I will remain skeptical.
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    The K-03XD already had a firmware upgrade FWIW, adding MQA functionality. The process is here:

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    The K-03XD already had a firmware upgrade FWIW, adding MQA functionality. The process is here:

    K-03XD | DOWNLOADS | ESOTERIC:Japan high-end audio manufacturer | エソテリック
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin View Post
    Sorry, what I was getting at was has the Grandioso been updated with the "new Esoteric" sound, or is it still the "old" sound? If updated how does it compare ...
    The Esoteric Grandioso K1 was superseded by the K1X in 2019. This model was the first Esoteric player with the new Atlas transport and FPGA DAC technologies now found in the K-01XD and K-03XD.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    I’ve had it playing non-stop. I’ve been listening again tonight and currently spinning The Essential Sade. A fantastic reissue and considerably better than the original Sade digital releases.

    I’m noticing tonight how composed it is with musical complexities. Nothing gets lost in translation or “smudged”.

    I’ll let it break in a few more days and then play with the filters a bit more.


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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    I’ve always really enjoyed the sound of the Esoteric Players and Streamers. In my opinion, the Master Clock is not really necessary. It can change the sonic signature. Hard to beat the K-01XD and K-03XD at their respective price points.

    Ken
    but...have you ever actually owned or heard either k01xd or k03xd?

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    The K-03XD has been running all week. It was “yo-yo’ing” a bit a couple of days ago, but has really settled down now and it’s sound signature is shining through.

    I’ve experimented more with the filters as well. The DSD has a softer, mellower tone, almost like someone through a light sheet/blanket over the speakers. On overly bright or forward speakers (like Paradigm), some may prefer this setting. On my MBL 101e mk2’s, I’ve been really enjoying 4Fs the most. This upsamples all incoming signals below 176.4hz to 176.4hz.

    I have been spinning a lot of discs and when not actively listening, things are on repeat.

    The only digital input I have tested is the USB (with a Sigma USB Esoteric XD Series) and I can honestly say, the USB input definitely rivals the spinner, not 1:1, but certainly 90-95% of it. That’s a first, but to be fair, it could be the Shunyata Sigma USB which is the best I’ve ever heard - by far. Must CD players digital inputs take a back seat to their rival transport section. Not the case with the K-03XD. I find the USB input exceedingly transparent, just like the transport.
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    Considering K-03XD has inherited quite a bit of technology from D1X ($50K) and P1X ($50K), $14K is a much sweeter price point than $100K.
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    Mike - How’s the soundstage? I’ve had a few Esoteric models through my room. Had the Grandioso K1 for the longest. I always found that sounds were very pinpointed in the soundstage, wide and deep.. but incredibly exact. Whereas the EMM feels more like live music with brushstrokes in the soundstage.

    Not saying either is a bad thing, just always seemed to be the house sound of Esoteric gear.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phishphan View Post
    Mike - How’s the soundstage? I’ve had a few Esoteric models through my room. Had the Grandioso K1 for the longest. I always found that sounds were very pinpointed in the soundstage, wide and deep.. but incredibly exact. Whereas the EMM feels more like live music with brushstrokes in the soundstage.

    Not saying either is a bad thing, just always seemed to be the house sound of Esoteric gear.


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    Wide and deep with pinpoint accuracy. Still beyond impressed. Love that it’s so much more natural than previous esoteric models.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    The K-03XD has been running all week. It was “yo-yo’ing” a bit a couple of days ago, but has really settled down now and it’s sound signature is shining through.

    I’ve experimented more with the filters as well. The DSD has a softer, mellower tone, almost like someone through a light sheet/blanket over the speakers. On overly bright or forward speakers (like Paradigm), some may prefer this setting. On my MBL 101e mk2’s, I’ve been really enjoying 4Fs the most. This upsamples all incoming signals below 176.4hz to 176.4hz.

    I have been spinning a lot of discs and when not actively listening, things are on repeat.

    The only digital input I have tested is the USB (with a Sigma USB Esoteric XD Series) and I can honestly say, the USB input definitely rivals the spinner, not 1:1, but certainly 90-95% of it. That’s a first, but to be fair, it could be the Shunyata Sigma USB which is the best I’ve ever heard - by far. Must CD players digital inputs take a back seat to their rival transport section. Not the case with the K-03XD. I find the USB input exceedingly transparent, just like the transport.
    Mike, curious to know if this unit is competitive in a streaming configuration with somewhat comparably priced solutions from Aqua, Chord, Lumin, MSB, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phishphan View Post
    Mike - How’s the soundstage? I’ve had a few Esoteric models through my room. Had the Grandioso K1 for the longest. I always found that sounds were very pinpointed in the soundstage, wide and deep.. but incredibly exact. Whereas the EMM feels more like live music with brushstrokes in the soundstage.

    Not saying either is a bad thing, just always seemed to be the house sound of Esoteric gear.


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    When you say brushstrokes. I assume, that the EMM has more detail, resolution, clarity = less jitter than the AKM based Esoteric of past?

    The new FPGA Esoteric products seem to be game changer over the past AKM products.

    Downside I see is still the extra boxes and cables to add external clocks to Esoteric.

    Whereas, EMM no need for an external clock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    Mike, curious to know if this unit is competitive in a streaming configuration with somewhat comparably priced solutions from Aqua, Chord, Lumin, MSB, etc.
    Well, I’m feeding it with the Aurender W20SE which runs flawlessly as opposed to Roon. The K-03XD’s USB input, IMO, is right up there sonically with the transport itself, which is very rare. I have found more often then not, in this type of situation, the transport sounds quite a bit better than streaming via the digital inputs. Of course there are a lot of factors involved in this, so possibly, it’s the Aurender that’s taking it up to the same level.

    Sonically, the Aqua, Chord and others are so different. The MSB for me remains the analog champion of the world. You like the sound master tape? MSB is it. Other DAC’s like the EMM and Esoteric are pinpoint accuracy, detail champs. They’re not trying to sound like your turntable or your reel to reel. They have their own sound.

    That being said, this new Esoteric sound really threads the needle between organic/analog and accuracy/details. It’s a fine line and the XD does it so well.


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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Since Mike is sleeping on the job again....A review of the K01XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billion$Baby View Post
    Since Mike is sleeping on the job again....A review of the K01XD

    Esoteric K-01XD SACD player/USB DAC Review - Dagogo
    Ha! Not me. Esoteric XD Series

    Thanks for posting. Good review. Some good technical info too.

    I’m listening to a SACD right now and it’s just spectacular.


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    Mike, are you going to get D1X in the store?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    Mike, are you going to get D1X in the store?
    No plans at this time. If interest is shown, maybe. But with esoteric, the real customer interest is Grandioso K1X on down. That being said, I do have one customer talking P1X/D1X, so we shall see.
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    I'd like to know how close K1X comes to P1X/D1X. Also N-01XD -vs- N-03T/D1X would be interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    I'd like to know how close K1X comes to P1X/D1X. Also N-01XD -vs- N-03T/D1X would be interesting.
    It all comes down to the latest technology DAC chip. I owned the Grandioso K1 and it sounded better than the P1/D1 because it had a later DAC chip. If the DAC chip is identical, the separates will provide an advantage.

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