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REVIEW: Esoteric, TEAC DV-50 Universal SACD/DVD-A Players

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Model: DV-50
Category: Universal SACD/DVD-A Players
Suggested Retail Price: $5,500.00
Description: DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, SACD, CD, CD-R/RW, DVD-RW, MP3
Manufacturer URL: Esoteric, TEAC
Manufacturer URL: Esoteric, TEAC

Review by MDUKE ( A ) on September 21, 2005 at 12:01:47
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Well, I was looking for a higher end cd player then what I had. I was just using my pioneer dv-47ai for 2 ch. I said "alright time to bring this up a level". I was going to look at the CD3. I called my audio advisor and just asked him about the DV50S as a cd player. He just said get it. That was it. It is massive looking. It weighs 47 pounds. I read all of the reviews and even contacted the reviewers directly and through that process I realized I had to check it out. So I went to listen to it. It was very pleasing to me. The entire spectrum just sounded correct. So I got it home and compared it to my pioneer. Not even close. The pioneer sounded dry and lifeless. I used the balanced connections. The Esoteric sounded clean crisp with good balance all around. I really like the way bass sound from my speakers now. On SACD's it sounds real good. On XRCD's it just sounds incredible. And it plays DVD's to boot. I can't explain it any better then saying that it just put a big grin on my face when I listen to it.

Product Weakness: price, maybe, but I got a good deal.
Product Strengths: It just sounds right to me. Smooth and detailed. Very good DVD playback as well.

Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: Bryston 4b-ST,5b-ST
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Krell showcase
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Esoteric DV50S
Speakers: JM Labs 927be, cc-901, sw900, polk rt3
Cables/Interconnects: Transparent audio
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Rock, blues
Room Size (LxWxH): 12 x 8 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: none
Other (Power Conditioner etc.): Monster Power avs2000, HTPS7000
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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Topic - REVIEW: Esoteric, TEAC DV-50 Universal SACD/DVD-A Players - MDUKE 12:01:47 09/21/05 ( 0)