May i ask, which is/are the standalone dacs that uses the latest chipset?Esoteric has made a complete change to the DAC technology used in their better players away from Akai chips, which they've used for generations, to their own discrete component designs (K1X, K-01XD, K-03XD). The sound is significantly more refined and tailorable with an expanded 3D sound stage. I speak from having upgraded from a K-03X to a K-01XD. The glare that many experienced with their older players is gone.
I'm considering another upgrade route, instead of K01xd. Namely, keep my transport for the time being, purchase the Grandioso G1 clock and the appropraite dac, and lastly level up the transport