I am not sure what "Ducking head" means...No slam on Esoteric fans but that may be the issue for those that don't like the Esoteric sound. For me, that was way too complicated and expensive. I agree, which I've stated before, that synergy is extremely important. FWIW, didn't have that problem with my previous Cary 306 SACD Pro or my current Luxman D-06u. Ducking head!
The Luxman D-06u, the D-08u and new D-10x are fantastic players,..really like them alot sonically.
My comments on cables of various types with Eso gear are meant to say that I love the base presentation and attributes of their offerings, the transparency, detail, speed, accuracy top to bottom as it comes out of the box. More so as they have refined their designs, DAC choices and other things over the years. Choice of cables has allowed me to extract the best performance from them and also to extend my owning time period with each level along the way.