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  1. #151

    Re: Esoteric XD Series

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    Iíve ordered this configuration for demo.


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    Looks like an R2R DAC to me, or at least, the functional equivalent of one.

    All the Esoteric disc players I've were sound just fabulous; very musical and engaging.

  2. #152

    Re: Esoteric XD Series

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    Iíve ordered this configuration for demo.


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    Absolutely gorgeous.

    Looks like an R2R DAC to me, or at least, the functional equivalent of one.

    All the Esoteric disc players I've heard sounded just fabulous; very musical and engaging. Maybe someday...

    From what I've heard those Cybershaft clocks are amazing, too.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post

    Iíve ordered this configuration for demo.


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    I already own the clock... just missing the player...

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Is there a savvy Electrical Engineer on this forum that can read the Esoteric literature and examine the photos, and give us a lucid explanation of what the Master Sound Discrete DAC is exactly? We need to leverage some of the talent around here.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    The fundamental difference is it's built around a re-programmable FPGA microchip that can be recoded via software updates to fix bugs, improve performance and provide new features. The AKM chips used previously were hardwired internally and could not be updated.
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    The fundamental difference is it's built around a re-programmable FPGA microchip that can be recoded via software updates to fix bugs, improve performance and provide new features. The AKM chips used previously were hardwired internally and could not be updated.
    Is there a DAC ladder with the Master Sound Discrete DAC?

    Ken
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    The D1X block diagram shows 4 x 8 element discrete DAC's. You can see the resistors in the marketing photo.
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    So, if Iím following correctly, customized digital processing is completed by a re-programmable FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) microchip modulator. The digital signal then moves to the Discrete Ladder DACs, where it is converted to an analog waveform and voltage gain is achieved.

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    Power: Two AudioQuest Niagara 5000ís with AudioQuest Dragon and Hurricane Power Cords

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    So if Iím following correctly, customized digital processing is completed at a re-programmable FPGA microchip modulator. The digital signal then moves to the Discrete Ladder DACs, where it is converted to an analog waveform and voltage gain is achieved.
    if i am understanding correctly, this is the same topology used in the aqua DACs...

    The signals sent to the resistor ladders are generated by a proprietary digital circuit, implemented inside an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array).
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Iím really enjoying my K01-XD along with Cybershaft Clock , very nice combo

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by fathead View Post
    Iím really enjoying my K01-XD along with Cybershaft Clock , very nice combo
    Please tell us more. What stands out? Where are you coming from?

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