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RE: New SACD Players: Esoteric K-05 and K-07

Actually, I have to disagree with your generalization. I have a Marantz SA11 S2 and an Esoteric X-05. I purchased the Marantz last summer for my main rig after my Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista SACD player died (for the final time). I was happy with the Marantz, but I felt it sounded slightly forward compared to my previous player.

Then, earlier this year the Esoteric X-05 went on sale at Music Direct. After several weeks of pondering I broke down and ordered one. (As it turned out I got the last unit in stock.) Right from the get go the Esoteric was definitely warmer than the Marantz player, and it had more resolution with a quieter noise floor. The difference was not subtle. The Esoteric X-05 is now officially the best source unit I've owned--so far.

I can only assume that the K-05 and K-07 players will be of similar sound quality and character. Buy with confidence.


Esoteric X-05 CD/SACD player
Bryston SP2 prepro
Proceed HPA2 amp
Hales Transcendence 8 towers (sealed three-ways)
(Cabling by Mogami and Cobalt)

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