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- Sep 8, 2020
The new series is still the same esoteric type of sound.as long as owners are happy that is all that matters.enjoy
Did you listen to them ?The new series is still the same esoteric type of sound.as long as owners are happy that is all that matters.enjoy
The “New” Esoteric technology with the implementation of FPGA in lieu of their previous AKM DAC CHIPS, is an entirely new direction for them......Gone is the “somewhat” dry, mechanical nature of their previous DAC’s, to a more sweet, liquid, and relaxed presentation, but while still preserving dynamics and proper “timing”......I was of same opinion on older esoteric (before the current XD) models about being little off, forward, dry and mechanical. Thats why I bought Luxman D-10x. But D-10X was more laidback (and I am not saying it as bad), which was not of my taste (may be its my system). Then I heard the Esoteric XD series. They are one hell of DACs. I am glad Esoteric came out of the AKM chip based DACss and shifted to their own discrete DACs. Everything mentioned by others in terms of the dynamics, Resolution, 3D effect, soundstage is true and you can hear it right out of box. They get every spectrum of sound right. One true winner in my opinion. It will be great, if people stop generalizing and making vague statements on current esoteric XD series, without listening.
There is always room for improving.
Both the K1X and the K-01XD will optionally take an external clock. The K1X will also take an optional external power supply. One dealer, whom I respect, believes that the clock adds more than the power supply for thise contemplating only one K1X add-on. There are big savings to be had with non-Esoteric clocks (CyberShaft is among the most popular). I would respectfully disagree with the 'almost the same internals' characteriztion. The new discrete component DAC technology in these units is a major change.I use the E-02 Phono stage which is excellent both sound quality and has balanced inputs which I require.
currently contemplating changing my K-01x to either K-01d or grandioso K-1x and either clock or power supply. Huge uplift in cost however for almost the same internals.
I am arranging a demo of both when finances and availability permit
i remember when I owned two bat vk1000 amplifiers. They run to hot to touch Even for a second.they were unreliable As well.I would never again own an amplifier that runs hot.Marty,
I was so excited to hear someone other than myself is enjoying their Parasound JC1+ amps. I replaced my
Levinson 33H amps that I've owned forever. Repair and shipping costs pushed me to trade them in. The Parasound
JC1+ amps complemented my system. I also use them with Wilsons although mine are Sasha version 1. The amps are powerful yet delicate. Unlike the Levinsons they are barely warm to the touch. My 33Hs were great space heaters! I don't miss the Levinsons. With my ARC preamp the Parasounds on low gain /high bias setting was best. Happy listening!
With all due respect, what other CDP manufacturers produce / market an "ad on" clock to reach the CDP's optimum performance? And why? I really don't understand.Both the K1X and the K-01XD will optionally take an eternal clock.
I do...With all due respect, what other CDP manufacturers produce / market an "ad on" clock to reach the CDP's optimum performance? And why? I really don't understand.
Expensive way of trying to improve a CD player.I do...
In case of a seperate D/A converter many try to reduce Jitter by reclocking the data at the dac not the transport. In order to be able to do this you will have to get the clock as close to the dac as possibe. Now the clock is external (in the dac or a seperate box) so you will need an imput for this on the cd transport.
That is the idea behind it.... keeping jobs, so we need more of these ideas....Expensive way of trying to improve a CD player.
Yes, this makes sense ..... it does to me anyway...Mono DACs.
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