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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Congratulations Marcin! Very nice. Looking forward how it sounds in your system.

    It seems that the new X/XD series are the ways to go, rather than even the K1, now discontinued.

    There is a new revieuw of the K01XD on High Fidelity Pl. Very positive, as expected.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by bizuras View Post
    Congratulations Marcin! Very nice. Looking forward how it sounds in your system.

    It seems that the new X/XD series are the ways to go, rather than even the K1, now discontinued.

    There is a new revieuw of the K01XD on High Fidelity Pl. Very positive, as expected.

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    Use Google and their translate feature.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Rnrmf View Post
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    Great review!! Well you know my thoughts. They align with the reviewer.


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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Great review!! Well you know my thoughts. They align with the reviewer.


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    Mike,
    The reviewer, Wojciech Pacuła, is one of my favorites. I check out his website on a regular basis. He is very forthright in his reviews and I have found his impressions to align perfectly with mine on a few components I have owned over the years.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by apdoc2004 View Post
    Mike,
    The reviewer, Wojciech Pacuła, is one of my favorites. I check out his website on a regular basis. He is very forthright in his reviews and I have found his impressions to align perfectly with mine on a few components I have owned over the years.
    Thatís cool. I found this paragraph very interesting as I found the same thing. I settled on 4fs. I just went back to native and yup, I think I prefer 4fs. 8fs was a little too much of a good thing for my ears. Iíll try 16fs as Wojciech suggests since I really never did.

    ďThe Esoteric player offers user digital filters to choose from as well as a choice of the type of upsampling. I listened to it for a long time with the PCM signal upsampled to DSD, but I gave it up. Converting PCM to DSD in this case results in a warmer, darker sound, which, however, does not have the dynamics of the original, nor its resolution. So in the end I listened to music with PCM max upsampling (16 fs). For PCM I chose M3 filter and for DSD the FLT2 one.Ē
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    I run my Grandioso transport at 88.2 upsampling when playing CD's....dispensed with any experimentation on that, just accept it for what it is. Obviously, when playing SACD's it's native DSD.
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Can anyone tell something about the differences in SQ between K03 XD and K01 XD, especially is the K01 XD much better or is it rather marginal.
    Can stretch both, but saving some money is also fine.

    Bought last year already a K1, but the seller turned out to be a scammer (through Hifi Shark, so beware). Luckily, in the end I got all my money back, thanks to my lawyer.

    Thanks

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by bizuras View Post
    Can anyone tell something about the differences in SQ between K03 XD and K01 XD, especially is the K01 XD much better or is it rather marginal.
    Can stretch both, but saving some money is also fine.

    Bought last year already a K1, but the seller turned out to be a scammer (through Hifi Shark, so beware). Luckily, in the end I got all my money back, thanks to my lawyer.

    Thanks
    So much of that going on with the used market right now. Itís really annoying.

    The historically speaking there wasnít always a major difference between the K1 and K3. But with the XD series, there is a significant difference between the K-01XD and K-03XD. I believe the K-01XD carries triple the number of delta-sigma chips over the K-03XD. Sonically, there is greater layering and a smoother presentation with the K-01XD. That being said, the K-03XD is a super performer at $14k and itís the product that got me hooked.


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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Thatís cool. I found this paragraph very interesting as I found the same thing. I settled on 4fs. I just went back to native and yup, I think I prefer 4fs. 8fs was a little too much of a good thing for my ears. Iíll try 16fs as Wojciech suggests since I really never did.

    ďThe Esoteric player offers user digital filters to choose from as well as a choice of the type of upsampling. I listened to it for a long time with the PCM signal upsampled to DSD, but I gave it up. Converting PCM to DSD in this case results in a warmer, darker sound, which, however, does not have the dynamics of the original, nor its resolution. So in the end I listened to music with PCM max upsampling (16 fs). For PCM I chose M3 filter and for DSD the FLT2 one.Ē
    Thanks a lot Mike. I'll have to try the oversampling and filters with the N-01XD.

    As of now I find the sound of the N-01XD without oversampling (streaming from a Synology NAS and using the Esoteric app) + Cybershaft OP21A connected by RCA cables to the Devialet is truly excellent but currently still a bit being what I am getting streaming using Raat from the Mojo Audio EVO linux music server to the Devialet, but I suspect that this result may be impacted by the early burn-in of the Esoteric and by the mid range RCA cables I am currently using. I'll report again after my Chord Sarum T RCA cables are in place some time in February. I am currently using a Sigma V1 clock cable btwn the Cybershaft and the Esoteric and an Omega may be another way to improve.

    Ideally I'd like to use Roon to stream from the Mojo Audio EVO through ethernet via the Melco S10 to the Esoteric but that will have to wait until the Roon certification of the Esoteric. I suspect that may be the best of both worlds in the end.

    I was hoping to be able to stream from the Mojo in USB to the Esoteric also, but I haven't been able to find linux drivers for the Esoteric USB protocol.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by bernardl View Post
    Thanks a lot Mike. I'll have to try the oversampling and filters with the N-01XD.

    As of now I find the sound of the N-01XD without oversampling (streaming from a Synology NAS and using the Esoteric app) + Cybershaft OP21A connected by RCA cables to the Devialet is truly excellent but currently still a bit being what I am getting streaming using Raat from the Mojo Audio EVO linux music server to the Devialet, but I suspect that this result may be impacted by the early burn-in of the Esoteric and by the mid range RCA cables I am currently using. I'll report again after my Chord Sarum T RCA cables are in place some time in February. I am currently using a Sigma V1 clock cable btwn the Cybershaft and the Esoteric and an Omega may be another way to improve.

    Ideally I'd like to use Roon to stream from the Mojo Audio EVO through ethernet via the Melco S10 to the Esoteric but that will have to wait until the Roon certification of the Esoteric. I suspect that may be the best of both worlds in the end.

    I was hoping to be able to stream from the Mojo in USB to the Esoteric also, but I haven't been able to find linux drivers for the Esoteric USB protocol.

    Cheers,
    Bernard
    Iím still playing with the filters, but 4fs is my fave so far. Iím also anxiously waiting for Roon certification too. Even though I hate the bugginess of Roon and realize it may not be sonically the best, it will be the best option for the N-01XD. For now, Iím using the Lumin app and itís running great.


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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    So much of that going on with the used market right now. Itís really annoying.

    The historically speaking there wasnít always a major difference between the K1 and K3. But with the XD series, there is a significant difference between the K-01XD and K-03XD. I believe the K-01XD carries triple the number of delta-sigma chips over the K-03XD. Sonically, there is greater layering and a smoother presentation with the K-01XD. That being said, the K-03XD is a super performer at $14k and itís the product that got me hooked.


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    Thanks Mike, now you are not saving me any money.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by bizuras View Post
    Thanks Mike, now you are not saving me any money.
    Youíll thank me later. Esoteric XD Series


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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Hello Mike,

    Although the K03XD is already excellent, there is still a big gap between the SQ of K03XD and K1X, fully expected, as the latter is also in another league pricewise.
    Where do you place the K01XD regarding the SQ; closer to K03XD or closer to K1X. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizuras View Post
    Hello Mike,

    Although the K03XD is already excellent, there is still a big gap between the SQ of K03XD and K1X, fully expected, as the latter is also in another league pricewise.
    Where do you place the K01XD regarding the SQ; closer to K03XD or closer to K1X. Thanks.
    This will sound like a PC answer, but truly in between. If pressed, I would say closer to the K1X. In years past, the K-03 versions were quite close to the K-01 versions. With XD, thatís not the case. K-01XD is really a nice step up. HOWEVER, the K-03XD at $9000 less is really an incredible performer and if you never hear the K-01XD directly against it, ignorance will be bliss!


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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Thanks a lot, Mike, very helpful.

    That takes away my last little doubts, so K01 XD for sure will be the one.

    No chance to listen to one of these of the new series, thanks to the pandemic, heard fairly recently only was the K01X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Thatís cool. I found this paragraph very interesting as I found the same thing. I settled on 4fs. I just went back to native and yup, I think I prefer 4fs. 8fs was a little too much of a good thing for my ears. Iíll try 16fs as Wojciech suggests since I really never did.

    ďThe Esoteric player offers user digital filters to choose from as well as a choice of the type of upsampling. I listened to it for a long time with the PCM signal upsampled to DSD, but I gave it up. Converting PCM to DSD in this case results in a warmer, darker sound, which, however, does not have the dynamics of the original, nor its resolution. So in the end I listened to music with PCM max upsampling (16 fs). For PCM I chose M3 filter and for DSD the FLT2 one.Ē
    Iíve lived with this setting for a month. Iím back to my 4fs/M1 filter. I left DSD at FLT2.

    Much happier with my settings.


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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    HOWEVER, ... if you never hear the XXX directly against it, ignorance will be bliss!
    Hmmm, it appears I'm ignorant about all the wrong things!

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    I added a Ideon 3R Master Time Black Star Reclocker to my K01-XD last night
    It made a nice improvement out of the box .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Iíve lived with this setting for a month. Iím back to my 4fs/M1 filter. I left DSD at FLT2.

    Much happier with my settings.


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    After breaking in my K-01XD and some experimentation, these settings are also my preferred. I occasionally use M3 to take the edge off some less well recorded music. The K-01XD is a fabulous piece.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    With the N-01XD I think I probably prefer 4fs/M2 filter in my environment.

    It feels a bit more musical.

    Either way the sound isnít as defined/transparent as what I am getting streaming directly from the Mojo Deja Vu Evo through the Melco S10 to the Devialet, but using 4fs/M2 filter I get a more organic sound, a bit like playing vinyl instead of digital.

    Itís significantly nicer with average records, including pretty much all pop/rock/country. Still highly defined but without any harshness.

    With great recordings nothing seems to beat the internal dac of the Devialet it would seem.

    For dsd files, in particular those from HDTT, I think I prefer the Esoteric, which makes sense since it supports DSD256 natively which the Devialet unfortunately doesnít.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by bernardl View Post
    With the N-01XD I think I probably prefer 4fs/M2 filter in my environment.

    It feels a bit more musical.

    Either way the sound isnít as defined/transparent as what I am getting streaming directly from the Mojo Deja Vu Evo through the Melco S10 to the Devialet, but using 4fs/M2 filter I get a more organic sound, a bit like playing vinyl instead of digital.

    Itís significantly nicer with average records, including pretty much all pop/rock/country. Still highly defined but without any harshness.

    With great recordings nothing seems to beat the internal dac of the Devialet it would seem.

    For dsd files, in particular those from HDTT, I think I prefer the Esoteric, which makes sense since it supports DSD256 natively which the Devialet unfortunately doesnít.

    Cheers,
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    I didn't care for the M2 filter when I briefly tried it, but I will give it another shot.

    I completely agree with you about the "vinyl sound" from the N-01xd. It really is true. It is the only dac I've ever owned that doesn't sound like digital at all.

    What power cord are you using on it? I'm thinking I need to up my game on the PC feeding this beast.
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by 2fastdriving View Post
    I didn't care for the M2 filter when I briefly tried it, but I will give it another shot.

    I completely agree with you about the "vinyl sound" from the N-01xd. It really is true. It is the only dac I've ever owned that doesn't sound like digital at all.

    What power cord are you using on it? I'm thinking I need to up my game on the PC feeding this beast.
    Hi Marc,

    Currently the power cord connecting the N-01XD to the Shunyata Everest is a Shunyata Sigma V1.

    I may replace it by a Sigma V2 at a later stage. An Omega is tempting too, but I guess that replacing my Sigma V1 clock cable (connecting the N-01XD to the Cybershaft OP21A) by an Omega clock cable may result in higher benefits at a lower overall cost.

    Cheers,
    Bernard
    Room treatment: Gik Acoustics | Vibration control: Townshend pods | Power: Shunyata Omega XC + Everest + Sigma NR v2 for amps/Venom V14 Digital for digital components + Sigma ground cables | Source: Mojo Audio DejaVu EVO with JCAT XE USB running Roon core (Raat) | Ethernet: Sonore Optical module + Melco S10 on Stillpoints SS + Shunyata Omega ethernet cable x 2 | External Dac: Esoteric N-01XD + Cybershaft OP21A clock | Dac/Pre/Amplification: Devialet D1000 Pro CI (Chord Sarum T RCA-RCA link) | Speakers: Chord Sarum T + Wilson Benesch Act One Evolution P1

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by bernardl View Post
    Hi Marc,

    Currently the power cord connecting the N-01XD to the Shunyata Everest is a Shunyata Sigma V1.

    I may replace it by a Sigma V2 at a later stage. An Omega is tempting too, but I guess that replacing my Sigma V1 clock cable (connecting the N-01XD to the Cybershaft OP21A) by an Omega clock cable may result in higher benefits at a lower overall cost.

    Cheers,
    Bernard
    Nice! I have a similar, yet slightly lower end set up.

    I have the G-02x clock with a Sigma v1 clock cable, and a Denali 6000s v2 fed by the Sigma v1, and an older Alpha HC going to the N-01xd.

    I have Alpha NR v2 cords feeding my amps (straight to the wall) and preamp (from Denali).

    I really love what the NR v2 cords did for my system, and will likely get alpha or Sigma for the N-01xd.

    It will take a while, because I just bought a new rack and a bunch of isolation stuff.

    Sent from my SM-N986U1 using Tapatalk
    --Marc

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by 2fastdriving View Post
    Nice! I have a similar, yet slightly lower end set up.

    I have the G-02x clock with a Sigma v1 clock cable, and a Denali 6000s v2 fed by the Sigma v1, and an older Alpha HC going to the N-01xd.

    I have Alpha NR v2 cords feeding my amps (straight to the wall) and preamp (from Denali).

    I really love what the NR v2 cords did for my system, and will likely get alpha or Sigma for the N-01xd.

    It will take a while, because I just bought a new rack and a bunch of isolation stuff.

    Sent from my SM-N986U1 using Tapatalk
    Very similar indeed. :-)

    I got an Omega XC to connect the Everest to the wall, and the also Sigma V2 from Everest to the amps. This works very well indeed!

    There is no end to this game, so playing it slow is certainly the right thing to do. :-)

    Cheers,
    Bernard
    Room treatment: Gik Acoustics | Vibration control: Townshend pods | Power: Shunyata Omega XC + Everest + Sigma NR v2 for amps/Venom V14 Digital for digital components + Sigma ground cables | Source: Mojo Audio DejaVu EVO with JCAT XE USB running Roon core (Raat) | Ethernet: Sonore Optical module + Melco S10 on Stillpoints SS + Shunyata Omega ethernet cable x 2 | External Dac: Esoteric N-01XD + Cybershaft OP21A clock | Dac/Pre/Amplification: Devialet D1000 Pro CI (Chord Sarum T RCA-RCA link) | Speakers: Chord Sarum T + Wilson Benesch Act One Evolution P1

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by bernardl View Post
    With the N-01XD I think I probably prefer 4fs/M2 filter in my environment.

    It feels a bit more musical.

    Either way the sound isnít as defined/transparent as what I am getting streaming directly from the Mojo Deja Vu Evo through the Melco S10 to the Devialet, but using 4fs/M2 filter I get a more organic sound, a bit like playing vinyl instead of digital.

    Itís significantly nicer with average records, including pretty much all pop/rock/country. Still highly defined but without any harshness.

    With great recordings nothing seems to beat the internal dac of the Devialet it would seem.

    For dsd files, in particular those from HDTT, I think I prefer the Esoteric, which makes sense since it supports DSD256 natively which the Devialet unfortunately doesnít.

    Cheers,
    Bernard
    Bernard, after playing around a bit more, I agree with you. I like M2 better now, sacrifices ultimate detail for more organic musicality - a good trade to my ears. Thank you.

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by 2fastdriving View Post
    Nice! I have a similar, yet slightly lower end set up.

    I have the G-02x clock with a Sigma v1 clock cable, and a Denali 6000s v2 fed by the Sigma v1, and an older Alpha HC going to the N-01xd.

    I have Alpha NR v2 cords feeding my amps (straight to the wall) and preamp (from Denali).

    I really love what the NR v2 cords did for my system, and will likely get alpha or Sigma for the N-01xd.

    It will take a while, because I just bought a new rack and a bunch of isolation stuff.
    Crikey. I'm almost on the same ship sailing on the same sea as you!
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    Sigma Clock-50 v1
    Denali 6000 v1
    Speakers: Magico M3, Q3, ACC, S-SUB | Electronics: Esoteric Grandioso | Amplification: Halcro |
    Analog cables: Crystal Cable | Digital cables: Shunyata Sigma | Rack: YG Acoustics Rack 1.4
    and YG Acoustics Rack 1.1 amp stands (pair)

    On Order: Extra isolators for the amp stands

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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    Bernard, after playing around a bit more, I agree with you. I like M2 better now, sacrifices ultimate detail for more organic musicality - a good trade to my ears. Thank you.
    Glad to hear that!

    Cheers,
    Bernard
    Room treatment: Gik Acoustics | Vibration control: Townshend pods | Power: Shunyata Omega XC + Everest + Sigma NR v2 for amps/Venom V14 Digital for digital components + Sigma ground cables | Source: Mojo Audio DejaVu EVO with JCAT XE USB running Roon core (Raat) | Ethernet: Sonore Optical module + Melco S10 on Stillpoints SS + Shunyata Omega ethernet cable x 2 | External Dac: Esoteric N-01XD + Cybershaft OP21A clock | Dac/Pre/Amplification: Devialet D1000 Pro CI (Chord Sarum T RCA-RCA link) | Speakers: Chord Sarum T + Wilson Benesch Act One Evolution P1

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