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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Mike, does Esoteric charge a premium for the black?
  2. Thread: New SabrinaX

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    Re: New SabrinaX

    After gaining a little more clarity, I think I prefer the look of the 1988 Sabrina 'X material'!
  3. Sticky: Poll: Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Solid state Class AB integrated.
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    Re: what to look for in new cd player?

    I own a K-03X and had a loaned D-08u about a year and a half ago. I was impressed by the Luxman, but it was clearly about to be replaced as the brand's flagship. Both player lines have been...
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    Re: what to look for in new cd player?

    My contenders would be the new Esoteric K-03XD and the new Luxman D-10X, both of which should be excellent DACs for streaming in addition to superb CD/SACD players.
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    Re: Gryphon Essence amp & preamp

    Strange, IMO. Does your dealer have A5 experience?
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    Re: Gryphon Essence amp & preamp

    I think the S3 MkIIs I have in a 15 x 18 room would work perfectly. These have a small footprint. Not being ported speakers, I doubt these or the A5s would overload your room nor would they be...
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    Re: Gryphon Essence amp & preamp

    If you're prepared to spend this much on electronics, why not a little more on speakers (even if you need to cut back elsewhere) - at least an A5? Speakers will have the biggest impact on sound...
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    Re: Gryphon Antileon Evo

    Would like to hear from anyone who has experience with Pass XP-22/XP-32 with a Gryphon amp.
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    Re: Ascending to even greater heights

    Would prefer four.
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    Re: Esoteric N-01XD

    Mike, is there a demand for a transport that matches the N-01XD (say, a P-01XD)?
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    Re: MSB dac review by Audio Excellence ..,

    Which Esoteric - an XD model?
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    Re: MSB dac review by Audio Excellence ..,

    Mike, wasn't the Discrete the last model to ship?
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    Re: MSB dac review by Audio Excellence ..,

    I found this interesting too. The Premier was sort of the forgotten middle child. Lots of praise for the other two. Got the impression that he maybe stepped up to the Reference because he wasn't...
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    Re: Every once in a while...

    Actually twice the number stated that since a pair of mono blocks and a preamp would be consolidated into a single integrated.
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Please tell us more. What stands out? Where are you coming from?
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    Re: Everyone once in a while...

    Note that his system already has 31% of MRSP in cables and Power distributor.
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    The DAC in the XD models is not implemented via a DAC chip but by discrete components (32 per channel).
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    From a glance at the rear panel on the Esoteric website, single.
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    Re: Esoteric XD Series

    Actually I think this comparison is fairly equal from a DAC standpoint. Surely at least half the
    cost of the K-01XD is in its world class transport mechanism and associated electronics, with...
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    Re: Unpacking the Shunyata Everest 8000

    I've seen several users say that there's a significant benefit even though this application is not what Shunyata designed the ground terminal for. Is this benefit real? I don't know. Just sayin'.
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    Re: Streaming vs dedicated CD player

    There are a number of very high end DACs that can be fed by CD transports from the same brand (e.g., dCS, EMM, MSB), thus taking DAC differences out of a comparison equation.
  23. Re: New speakers: Magico M3 v Rockport Cygnus v YG Sonja 2.2 v Gryphon Pantheon

    Fair enough. I like Kuoppis' suggestion. In addition to Fritz' plug for the Tondas, Stereophile (JA) published a very favorable review of the Minos.
  24. Re: New speakers: Magico M3 v Rockport Cygnus v YG Sonja 2.2 v Gryphon Pantheon

    AJR, with your bias toward bass, I'm surprised that Wilson, probably the Alexia II, isn't on your candidate list along with Rockport.
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    Re: Problem with Diablo Remote

    Or perhaps the Gryphon 120 remote, six buttons, more traditional shape.
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