Hey there Nemal,
Great stuff indeed! In fact the Eso seperates sound more convincing as the most significant factor in terms of absolute improvement, especially that clock! I didn't get a chance to try out their new series though, it wasn't available on loan from the importer. However, I did try the previous series G01 clock, and got a pretty darn good idea where the improvements were.
I think IB is going for the G01x clock as we speak... now that's getting at a pretty serious level, looking forward to his first impressions.
Vrac just acquired his K03XD and is jumping for joy... I can imagine! Good on ya mate.
When you mentioned ARC, I was using one of their Ref CD7 players a while back. It didn't do too well in transit and something went wrong with the tube power supply unit or something. They tried various things over here but could never get its output stage going properly. At the end I gave up and changed over to Wadia with a Meitner Dac (both used and in very good condition).
Speaking of ARC, which Ref series amplifiers do you have? I forget what speakers you're using.
One of my other fellow audiophiles had the ARC Ref 250's driving his top line Maggie's (30.7's only the 2nd pair to reach Aus). However, he did have room issues, sold off the 30.7's and now uses a modified version of VMPS/ Genesis lookalikes. These are more or less open baffle design, with a tall array of mids & highs developed as circular ribbons housed in a panel frame. This is then bolted on top of a sub-woofer enclosure housing two 10" subs, one firing fwds & the other backwards, very similar to those dual-force subs used in ML's hybrid stats.
I asked him why the dual-force, says they keep up in better pace alongside the panels. I guess he's got his reasons. So now he uses the new M160 monoblocks by ARC. And oh! Does it sound fantastic! I guess that open baffle/ panel driver array design is more open and transparent.
As you say, it's a custom type of sound and is basically a personal preference. Enjoy those fine tunes!