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    Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Unboxed it and set it up a little while ago. Holy cow! Itís pretty amazing. Already full and meaty.

    Details like crazy but not aggressive or harsh. Yes, definitely needs some break in but already I think itíll be better than MSB Discrete.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Are you using it as CD player or a DAC?

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Iíve been swapping CDs plus I hooked up my Wyred 4 Sound modified Sonos Port. CDs are awesome and my Sonos never sounded better.

    Iím running it in to put some time on it to help break it in. Itís impressive. Now I need to add a server to it or hook up my computer.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Congrats Joe! Glad to hear itís a winner. Do you know the MSRP?

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    Congrats Joe! Glad to hear itís a winner. Do you know the MSRP?

    Ken

    Thank you Ken. Retail is $23K


    As I get more playing time on it, Iím really enjoying it more and more.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Thank you Ken. Retail is $23K


    As I get more playing time on it, Iím really enjoying it more and more.
    Iíve always felt that Esotericís one box solutions are their sweet spot (Iíve owned 3 of them). The quality of their transports combined with the latest DAC technology is a winning formula.

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Congratulations, it looks like an amazing machine!
    Electronics: Pass Labs XP-22, Pass Labs X250.8
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    You don't own it yet, right, it's on loan from a dealer?
    Speakers: Magico M3, ACC, S-SUB | Electronics: Esoteric Grandioso stack | Amplification: Halcro |
    Analog cables: Crystal Cable | Digital cables: Shunyata Sigma | Rack: YG Acoustics Rack 1.8
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    My guess is that the K and the N have the same implementation of digital to analog architecture. The N is outstanding so I would expect the K to be fantastic as well.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Congratulations! Pretty sure itís a keeper for you.

    I posted on another thread in here, recently got the N-01XD. Similar with K-01XD, but no transport, network bridge (streamer) built in instead. Slightly cheaper than K-01XD at $20K.

    Same current DAC as you, MSB Discrete with dual power supplies.

    The Esoteric blows the Discrete out of the water. Itís not even close. Everything MSB Discrete does, the N-01XD does it better. Then some. I am struggling to find anything the MSB does better than this N-01XD.

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    You don't own it yet, right, it's on loan from a dealer?
    Itís my brotherís player and heís ďlettingĒ me borrow/break it in for him. Iím seriously thinking about it now but I have plenty of time to listen.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by tino27 View Post
    Congratulations, it looks like an amazing machine!
    This is not typical Esoteric sound. I was not a fan of early players. Times sure have changed.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Mike and I were talking about the N-01XD too. Iím considering that too. I do love the ability to pop in a cd/sacd but Iím not sure long term how many times Iíll be swapping discs.

    The K-01XD is extremely impressive. Once the excitement settles down, I can be more objective. So far Iím extremely happy.


    Quote Originally Posted by thyname View Post
    Congratulations! Pretty sure itís a keeper for you.

    I posted on another thread in here, recently got the N-01XD. Similar with K-01XD, but no transport, network bridge (streamer) built in instead. Slightly cheaper than K-01XD at $20K.

    Same current DAC as you, MSB Discrete with dual power supplies.

    The Esoteric blows the Discrete out of the water. Itís not even close. Everything MSB Discrete does, the N-01XD does it better. Then some. I am struggling to find anything the MSB does better than this N-01XD.
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    NAD C 658 streamer.

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Itís my brotherís player and heís ďlettingĒ me borrow/break it in for him....
    Your brother said I can borrow it after you've broken it in
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Hahahaha
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    The K-01XD has a big sound. It seems to just fill the room with music. Details galore without any aggressiveness. My Avantgarde disappear like never before. The music is right there in front of me but not forward at all. Iím actually amazed at the presentation - itís intimate yet bold (in a good way) and meaty. Iím looking forward to hearing the difference after a few more days. Iíve been playing with some of the options and have a full on grin. I really enjoyed the Discrete but this is way better. I know thereís a price difference thatís closer to the Premier (?) but the K-01XD is the finest piece Iíve ever heard.

    Iíd love to add the clock at some point for reference, but thatís for another day.

    I never expected to love an Esoteric player but here I am. Iíve been told that the K-03XD is close in sound. Could I ďsettleĒ with that at this point?, I donít know but from what I hear now, I donít think I want to.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    The K-01XD has a big sound .... The music is right there in front of me but not forward at all.... itís intimate yet bold (in a good way) and meaty.

    Exactly my thoughts on these items on my N-01XD. Huge sound! Never experienced this before. Very "tall" and "wide". Bold, and big! Great tonal balance (timbre?), and excellent decay. And yes, "meaty" is right!

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by thyname View Post
    Exactly my thoughts on these items on my N-01XD. Huge sound! Never experienced this before. Very "tall" and "wide". Bold, and big! Great tonal balance (timbre?), and excellent decay. And yes, "meaty" is right!
    I just told Mike and Jock that I really didnít want to like it - I told them I love it.

    I have time to decide what to get but this and the N-01XD are tops on my list.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Mike and I were talking about the N-01XD too. Iím considering that too. I do love the ability to pop in a cd/sacd but Iím not sure long term how many times Iíll be swapping discs.
    You may also consider a K-01XD with a Lumin U1 MINI (I thought you had one but I may be mistaken). When connected via USB, you get all the network functionality of N-01XD (except DSD512) plus Leedh Processing Volume.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by wklie View Post
    You may also consider a K-01XD with a Lumin U1 MINI (I thought you had one but I may be mistaken). When connected via USB, you get all the network functionality of N-01XD (except DSD512) plus Leedh Processing Volume.
    Hi Peter,

    I did have the U1 mini but sold it thinking that the next digital source would have all that built in. Now I wish I still had it. I might have to replace it. Lumin has always been rock solid for me.

    I jump and think later sometimes. I was pretty much settled on the MSB Discrete but thank goodness this opportunity came my way. Digital music is so personal and hearing other offerings has made me realize that thereís no best but only what appeals to your heart.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    I really didn’t want to like it - I told them I love it.
    Oh great. I don't want to like it either. Next thing you know I'll be on the plane to Sarasota.

    Glad you're enjoying it, and thanks for the thoughtful review. How many hours do you have on it so far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    I just told Mike and Jock that I really didnít want to like it - I told them I love it.

    I have time to decide what to get but this and the N-01XD are tops on my list.
    Told you!
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by Ritmo View Post
    Told you!
    Ha! Indeed you did. Iím in awe. Canít wait until the next few days to a week to see what changes. If it gets better from here, holy cow.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Oh great. I don't want to like it either. Next thing you know I'll be on the plane to Sarasota.

    Glad you're enjoying it, and thanks for the thoughtful review. How many hours do you have on it so far?
    LoL, itís not your fatherís esoteric.

    Iím thinking about 30 hours by now. I wonít be home until later tonight. Work intrudes on our musical exploits, unfortunately. I left music streaming into it.
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    Topping D90, RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES.

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Iíve been listening to it for 4 days. It doesnít disappoint. Itís gotten a little better but it was so good out of the box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Itís my brotherís player and heís ďlettingĒ me borrow/break it in for him. Iím seriously thinking about it now but I have plenty of time to listen.
    Wonderful to have a brother that take all the risks and let you play with the new toy right out of the box!
    Now you can do an easy and comfortable purchase.
    Go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritmo View Post
    Iíve been listening to it for 4 days. It doesnít disappoint. Itís gotten a little better but it was so good out of the box.
    Excellent!
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    Topping D90, RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES.

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by Spock View Post
    Wonderful to have a brother that take all the risks and let you play with the new toy right out of the box!
    Now you can do an easy and comfortable purchase.
    Go for it!
    He surprised the heck out of me. He's not usually like this, but he's been swamped with work and has already gotten some of my awesome hand me ups (he's older) that I think he realizes how good I am to him. Payback can be awesome

    I am grateful.

    One more thing. The K-01XD is built like a freaking tank. I love that.
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    Topping D90, RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES.

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Would love to hear Mike's opinion on the K-01XD Esoteric vs the T+A PDP 3000HV - I think they are comparably priced.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty View Post
    Would love to hear Mike's opinion on the K-01XD Esoteric vs the T+A PDP 3000HV - I think they are comparably priced.
    That would be interesting but maybe the fact that the esoteric is 'newer" might mean it's better.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty View Post
    Would love to hear Mike's opinion on the K-01XD Esoteric vs the T+A PDP 3000HV - I think they are comparably priced.
    Sadly, the 3000 is discontinued. It was phenomenal.


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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by wklie View Post
    You may also consider a K-01XD with a Lumin U1 MINI (I thought you had one but I may be mistaken). When connected via USB, you get all the network functionality of N-01XD (except DSD512) plus Leedh Processing Volume.
    Two more things:

    - Since Esoteric marketing material has always emphasized electrical current transmission, I have a suspicion that Esoteric player would work particularly well in a direct-to-amp setup when used together with the Lumin Leedh Processing Volume.

    - It takes time for the N-01XD to become Roon Ready. With the suggested combo above, you don't need to wait for Roon Ready.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    FYI....MSB just posted a bunch of firmware updates....maybe their sonics will be affected??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsrule View Post
    FYI....MSB just posted a bunch of firmware updates....maybe their sonics will be affected??
    Seems that it may impact the USB Digital Input Modules.

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Iíve owned and liked a few Esoteric products. Following Scotty, maybe a comparison of the K01XD to the T+A MP3100HV.... Similarly priced....
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by Penthouse-D View Post
    Iíve owned and liked a few Esoteric products. Following Scotty, maybe a comparison of the K01XD to the T+A MP3100HV.... Similarly priced....
    And... the T+A MP 3100 HV has a streamer built in, I was told based on Raspberry Pi platform, whereas K-01XD does not. I looked hard at the T+A before I purchased my N-01XD

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Any more updates? I ordered one and want to know if it broke in further and how long it takes
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    Congratulations!!!

    I really havenít kept track of hours but I think Iím there. The K01xd sounds fabulous. Unbelievably great with a CD, superb with everything else.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Thx joeinid!
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Built like a tank , very nice

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    I am also a very happy owner of K01XD. I bought mine about 1 month ago, excellent sound for both as CD/SACD player and DAC. I am using K01XD with an external clock from Cybershaft, very noticable improvement over the internal clock.

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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    What OP Cybershaft? And what clock cable?
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    What OP Cybershaft? And what clock cable?
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    I would have thought the Grandioso Custom VCXO II clock in K-01XD would be a higher specification than Cybershaft OP17.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Grandioso clock likely is better. However, I had the opportunity to acquire the Cybershaft OP17 from a friend at an attractive price.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    You would need an OP19 or OP20 to match the performance of the clock in K-01XD. And at that performance level you really need to be using one of the Shunyata clock cables or you're just introducing a weak point into the timing signal path. I think if you're going to clock these Esoteric XD devices you really need OP21 or Grandioso G1X level otherwise you're just wasting your time and money.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    We have used OP16 and get good results. After all, you have to believe to your ears to make the judgements.
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    Re: Impressive first listen - Esoteric K01XD

    Hello,

    Are you still satisfied by your K01XD?

    Maybe i'm going to replace my SACD player luxman D08u by a new one...

    is K01-XD still one of the best? full bodied, dynamic, detailled, with a large and deep soundstage...etc

    As good as Playback design mps6, luxman D10X, Metronome technologies ...etc?

    what is the duration of the break-in of K01XD?

    Thank you

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