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    *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    As Esoteric’s first-ever Network DAC/preamp, the N05XD is specifically designed to deliver superior sound quality from the smallest system configurations combining your favorite power amplifier, speakers, and headphones. Integrating fully balanced circuitry directly derived from Esoteric’s flagship series, the N05XD network engine is equipped with a pure, dedicated linear power supply and an in-house designed discrete DAC that ensures that its preamplifier and headphone amplifier are capable of clearly reproducing the full sound of a recording’s original master.

    A seamless integration of the most Esoteric-like essences, the N05XD has been thoroughly refined under the guiding principles of ultimate sound quality. Just a touch of its volume knob clearly reveals this quality in its most exquisite form and promises the fullest and most satisfying enjoyment of Esoteric’s pure signature sound. No longer will superior sound quality need to be sacrificed in the pursuit of a simplified high-end audio system.

    This beautiful new component consists of a Network Audio Player, Esoteric’s proprietary Master Sound Discrete DAC with 64-bit processing, balanced headphone amplifier, and line stage preamplifier; all in one chassis and available in either silver or black. All at an MSRP/MAP of $11,000 USD.







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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    N-05XD "Network × DAC × Preamplifier" - YouTube


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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Impressive feature set from a top brand. I'll be surprised if you don't sell a ton of these, Mike.

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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    Impressive feature set from a top brand. I'll be surprised if you don't sell a ton of these, Mike.
    Agreed. This and the new Boulder 812 will be defining products in a new product category.


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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    So, how many have been sold???

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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by dznutz View Post
    So, how many have been sold???
    Millions and millions! *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD


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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    If there is a Grandioso version of the N-05XD in the Esoteric pipeline it would be compelling.
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    *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    If there is a Grandioso version of the N-05XD in the Esoteric pipeline it would be compelling.
    No. With the Boulder 812 and N-05XD, we have some exciting new product categories. Hoping to see both next month!
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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    That's what I was getting at. A new product category. Deserves Grandioso status.
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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    That's what I was getting at. A new product category. Deserves Grandioso status.
    Nonsense. Not what a Grandioso buyer wants. They want Grandioso Pre, Grandioso Monos.
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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    As a Grandioso owner, if five Grandioso boxes could be reduced to just one without sacrificing too much performance would be very appealing to me.
    Speakers: Magico M3, Q3, ACC, S-SUB | Electronics: Esoteric Grandioso | Amplification: Halcro |
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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    As a Grandioso owner, if five Grandioso boxes could be reduced to just one without sacrificing too much performance would be very appealing to me.
    Wishful thinking I am afraid. I am big on Integrated Amps and one-box solution, but I realize there are trade offs.

    Besides, Mike as a dealer, I would venture to guess, has a much better understanding of market trends and demands than you and I as customers
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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Customers are the ones who form the market trends, and this customer would like a Grandioso version of N-05XD.
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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD







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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    can't wait to hear the report after you have run it in!

    wonder if the SQ is higher for the black version?
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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    First impressions? Absolutely awesome. Smooooooooth. Big sound. Has sweetness.


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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    It's definitely very attractive! But, I'm a bit biased
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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    At its price point it's going to bring a lot of new customers into the Esoteric owners' family.
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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Mike was going to send this unit to me before he unboxed it. Only held back after realizing I ordered a black unit. That was all without me saying anything. You won’t find a better dealer, guys.

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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    First impressions? Absolutely awesome. Smooooooooth. Big sound. Has sweetness.


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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    This appears to show “Roon Ready” on display. My N-01XD does not
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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by thyname View Post
    This appears to show “Roon Ready” on display. My N-01XD does not
    Nope, but it is.

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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    Mike was going to send this unit to me before he unboxed it. Only held back after realizing I ordered a black unit. That was all without me saying anything. You won’t find a better dealer, guys.
    Wonder why Esoteric makes this unit in black but not the N-01XD?
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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by rrwmd View Post
    Wonder why Esoteric makes this unit in black but not the N-01XD?
    Good question!


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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Taking into account the significant price difference ($11k vs. $20k), does anyone have thoughts on how close the N-05 XD and the N-01 XD are from a digital streaming standpoint?

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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    We have both. The N-01XD is definitely better in many respects. It has more layering of information and a bigger more authoritative sound. HOWEVER, if you hook up the N-05XD and never A:B, you will be over the moon happy with its sound and feature set. They are aimed at different buyers, but clearly people will want to compare. Obviously, if you can go N-01XD and add a preamp, that’s the way to go.


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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    What’s the latest on this baby?
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    Re: *NEW* Esoteric N-05XD

    Quote Originally Posted by JGlacken View Post
    What’s the latest on this baby?
    We are using it a lot. We love the sound. Definitely cut from the same cloth as it’s big brother. Musical. Big sound. Great features. Has worked flawlessly with all amps and speakers. This is definitely one of those products that beautifully solves a lot of problems in a single box.


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    [QUOTE=Mike;338071]We have both. The N-01XD is definitely better in many respects. It has more layering of information and a bigger more authoritative sound. HOWEVER, if you hook up the N-05XD and never A:B, you will be over the moon happy with its sound and feature set. They are aimed at different buyers, but clearly people will want to compare. Obviously, if you can go N-01XD and add a preamp, that’s the way to go.


    Hi Mike, I'd like to ask for your opinion. I currently own a N-01 and hooked up via Esla to a F-03a. Do you think its worthwhile for me to get the N-05xd to replace the N-01? I'm considering this because of the new chip/sound as well as the headphone amp. Looking forward to your thoughts and thanks in advance
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    We have both. The N-01XD is definitely better in many respects. It has more layering of information and a bigger more authoritative sound. HOWEVER, if you hook up the N-05XD and never A:B, you will be over the moon happy with its sound and feature set. They are aimed at different buyers, but clearly people will want to compare. Obviously, if you can go N-01XD and add a preamp, that’s the way to go.


    Hi Mike, I'd like to ask for your opinion. I currently own a N-01 and hooked up via Esla to a F-03a. Do you think its worthwhile for me to get the N-05xd to replace the N-01? I'm considering this because of the new chip/sound as well as the headphone amp. Looking forward to your thoughts and thanks in advance
    Yes, I do.


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    [QUOTE=Petzzz;340053]
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post

    ...Do you think its worthwhile for me to get the N-05xd to replace the N-01?
    N-01 is a tough sell in the current market. I've had very little interest in mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petzzz View Post

    N-01 is a tough sell in the current market. I've had very little interest in mine.
    A good thread would be used digital. We rarely take **discontinued** digital on trade now. There’s a few gems out there like the Luxman D-08u, but those gems are few and far between. The Master Discrete (XD series and X in Grandioso) is such a big leap forward in technology and sonics, it makes the previous series quite undesirable I’m afraid.


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    Yes, that's what I'm afraid of... a quick look at the local used market shows that I'll likely lose about half my purchase price

    [QUOTE=brodricj;340098]
    Quote Originally Posted by Petzzz View Post

    N-01 is a tough sell in the current market. I've had very little interest in mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petzzz View Post
    ... a quick look at the local used market shows that I'll likely lose about half my purchase price
    There is an N-01 on eBay now. The owner wants 12,000 Euro for it. I think he's dreaming, but good luck to him. I was just offered $12,000 AUD for mine ($24,000 RRP here) but turned it down. I don't see the logic in flipping my N-01 for $12,000 and replacing it with N-03T for $13,000. Might as well keep N-01 until a better offer comes along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    There is an N-01 on eBay now. The owner wants 12,000 Euro for it. I think he's dreaming, but good luck to him. I was just offered $12,000 AUD for mine ($24,000 RRP here) but turned it down. I don't see the logic in flipping my N-01 for $12,000 and replacing it with N-03T for $13,000. Might as well keep N-01 until a better offer comes along.
    I'll jump on the offer!! I can only sell it for less then AUD10k based on today's exchange rates over here
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    My experience with Chinese (not just audiophiles) they prefer to buy stuff new. Whether that be cars, helicopters, or network streamers. So it's difficult to sell used stuff in that market when the overwhelming cultural motivation is to buy new stuff.
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    I have a N-05XD at home right now for a demo. I've owned an original Lumin A1 for as long as they've been out. Mike keeps telling me that digital has made some strides since then. We will see.....
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    After more than 3-month wait, this showed up at the door yesterday.


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    After more than 3-month wait, this showed up at the door yesterday.

    Damn! That looks amazing in black.


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    Damn! That looks amazing in black.


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    Yeah, I'm tempted to come over to the dark side. I wonder if they will do D1X, N-03T and others in black?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    After more than 3-month wait, this showed up at the door yesterday.

    I ordered one just like it!

    I hope it doesn't take 3 months
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDP View Post
    I ordered one just like it!

    I hope it doesn't take 3 months
    Sounds like you loved your demo, Mark. Please do share your impression.

    It’s breaking in nicely for me. Still has a way to go to hit 200 hours as Mike recommended. So far so good and no feeling of being underwhelmed whatsoever. Rich, big sound from the get go. I came from MSB Discrete, so it’s my bare minimum. Excited to explore its feature set such as headphone output, pre-amp function in the coming days, although this will mainly be used as DAC + media player in the rig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    After more than 3-month wait, this showed up at the door yesterday.

    Very sexy looking component. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    After more than 3-month wait, this showed up at the door yesterday.
    Clock light in green means what, no external clock?
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    If I recall correctly from my N-01XD days it means that the internal clock is working

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