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Old 25-04-17, 06:08 PM
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Esoteric (+ News & Reviews) - At Musicraft (Derby)



Musicraft is pleased to announce that we now also support Esoteric







Our Philosophy - Pride and Mission of “ESOTERIC"

“The joy of the highest levels of musical elation.” Our corporate philosophy as our foundation has been embodied through providing superb audio and video products for over 21 years.

Now, to further pursue our corporate credo, we shall aspire to reinforce our own corporate identity by the same token.

From analogue discs to analogue tapes, CDs to Super Audio CDs, videotape to DVDs, there were several transitions and technical innovations in auditory and visual media. ESOTERIC, which was born in the midst of such transition, shall pursue a unique path as a high-end audio-video brand, focusing on components of higher value and adding amplifiers into our product line. This evolution allows us to merge both high recording and replay technologies, based on our own technical innovation and proprietary technologies.

Despite changing times and whirlwind markets, there remain musical and visual connoisseurs who are seeking true excitement. As long as there are such people we shall with great care develop and actively release new products, that improve upon the “state of the art,” within each business category that we pursue. This is our mission.














Website: http://www.musicraft.co.uk

Please call 01332 346284, 07727 272443 or email info@musicraft.co.uk

Hours of business are Monday to Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm (please call before travelling)



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Old 06-05-17, 06:17 PM
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Esoteric VRDS-NEO CD/SACD mechanism



Ultra-high-precision turntable system VRDS-NEO Mechanism -

When an SA-CD or DVD disc is played, the higher-speed rotation causes increased and unwanted vibrations. These vibrations cause the disc surface to shake, making it difficult for the laser pick-up to read the data accurately. The VRDS turntable is designed to physically correct all vibrations and completely stabilize the disc so adverse effects during high-speed rotation can be eliminated. High-speed rotation also necessitates that the spindle shaft be more robust than in the past. The turntable, which is considered the heart of the VRDS mechanism, is supported by highly precise and extremely rigid mechanical components.




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Coreless motor with no rotational irregularities -



X-03SE/UX-3SE uses a long-life three-phase brushless spindle motor which has developed for the X-01/UX-1 and the flagship model P-01 for high-speed turntable rotation. Development of the magnetic circuit, consisting of a coil mounted on the 10mm-thick precisely cut steel bridge and a turntable-mounted neodymium magnet was completed through numerous tests and scientific validations, including magnetic field analysis. The optimized magnetic circuit minimizes rotation irregularities in the motor and makes it possible to reduce fluctuations in the motor drive current, thereby lessening any effects on audio circuits and other areas.

Newly designed duralumin turntable -



During SA-CD or DVD playback, the maximum rotation speed is 4.5 times greater than the rotation speed during conventional CD playback. In order to ensure that the turntable could handle this high-speed rotation, ESOTERIC selected duralumin as the turntable material. This material is best known as the body material used in aircraft. ESOTERIC has developed new technology for processing this material into lower mass with higher precision. As a result, X-03SE/UX-3SE enables smooth turntable response and stable data acquisition properties by preventing disc vibration. The turntable is dyed a black colour in order to absorb any diffused reflection of the laser from the pick-up.

Rigidity and precision are significantly improved by the use of highly precise ball bearings used in the spindle shaft assembly -

A pair of precise ball bearings is used in the spindle shaft bearing unit and a pre-load is applied to the bearing inner rings to significantly reduce rattling and shaft movement during use. This dramatically increases the precision of the bearing unit and greatly improves rotational and positioning accuracy.

Advanced pick up technology thread servo section -



ESOTERIC developed an ingenious component structure for driving the pickup lens and a new sled structure to move the pickup unit with an extremely high level of accuracy.
This new system ensures that the laser optical axis is always positioned at the very center of the pit track for optimal reading. These modifications to earlier VRDS mechanisms (P-01) make it possible to minimize the adverse effects of disc surface shaking and eccentricity at higher rotational speeds.

Pickup structure designed to prevent laser optical axis tilting during lens movement -



The pickup in ordinary players is designed so that the lens hangs from a wire. This design is not only low in rigidity, but allows the laser optical axis to tilt away from a vertical orientation as the lens moves. In contrast, the pickup used in the X-03/UX-3 has a sliding-shaft structure that prevents the laser optical axis from tilting even when the lens is moved. ESOTERIC has also increased the rigidity of the parts supporting the lens.

Equipped with a TEAC proprietary hall element sensing-type three-phase brushless motor. Speed feedback-controlled sled transport with superior response and minimal extraneous pickup lens movement -



In order to provide a very high-performance pickup capable of smooth, continuous movement, a proprietary hall element sensing-type three-phase brushless motor is used in the sled transport, and powerful electronic speed feedback circuits control this sled mechanism. The pick-up component is mounted on the thick aluminium die-cast pick-up base for higher tracking ability. This is yet another design feature that improves the precision and accuracy of the data acquisition functions.

Vibration isolation for spindle motor system and sled moving system -

The spindle system, which may generate fine vibrations during rotation, is isolated from the sled moving system. Since the sled mechanism requires very delicate control, this isolation from high-frequency vibrations ensures superior reading performance.

High-precision mechanism and new software controlled servo control for superior playability -

The precision-machined proprietary mechanism combines with new system software to provide optimal servo control for each type of disc. This equates to superior media playability.

Cut aluminium disc tray -



The disc tray, which has an influence on sound quality, is processed by cutting the tray from a solid aluminium block. The disc contact side of the tray is coated for disc protection.


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Old 16-05-17, 06:15 PM
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Esoteric will be exhibiting at the 2017 (May 18 - 21) High End Munich Show - Pioneer & Onkyo Europe GmbH, Room/Booth A4.1 E118, A4.1 E119








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Our Philosophy - Pride and Mission of “ESOTERIC"

“The joy of the highest levels of musical elation.” Our corporate philosophy as our foundation has been embodied through providing superb audio and video products for over 21 years.

Now, to further pursue our corporate credo, we shall aspire to reinforce our own corporate identity by the same token.

From analogue discs to analogue tapes, CDs to Super Audio CDs, videotape to DVDs, there were several transitions and technical innovations in auditory and visual media. ESOTERIC, which was born in the midst of such transition, shall pursue a unique path as a high-end audio-video brand, focusing on components of higher value and adding amplifiers into our product line. This evolution allows us to merge both high recording and replay technologies, based on our own technical innovation and proprietary technologies.

Despite changing times and whirlwind markets, there remain musical and visual connoisseurs who are seeking true excitement. As long as there are such people we shall with great care develop and actively release new products, that improve upon the “state of the art,” within each business category that we pursue. This is our mission.


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Old 24-05-17, 06:15 PM
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Esoteric demonstrated their Grandioso F1/K1/G1 combination with B&W 800 and 802 D3’s at the 2017 (May 18 - 21) High End Munich Show






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Our Philosophy - Pride and Mission of “ESOTERIC"

“The joy of the highest levels of musical elation.” Our corporate philosophy as our foundation has been embodied through providing superb audio and video products for over 21 years.

Now, to further pursue our corporate credo, we shall aspire to reinforce our own corporate identity by the same token.

From analogue discs to analogue tapes, CDs to Super Audio CDs, videotape to DVDs, there were several transitions and technical innovations in auditory and visual media. ESOTERIC, which was born in the midst of such transition, shall pursue a unique path as a high-end audio-video brand, focusing on components of higher value and adding amplifiers into our product line. This evolution allows us to merge both high recording and replay technologies, based on our own technical innovation and proprietary technologies.

Despite changing times and whirlwind markets, there remain musical and visual connoisseurs who are seeking true excitement. As long as there are such people we shall with great care develop and actively release new products, that improve upon the “state of the art,” within each business category that we pursue. This is our mission.


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Old 06-06-17, 06:16 PM
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ESOTERIC 30th Anniversary ‘Limited Edition Black’ Series Limited production: 30 pieces each (K-01X BR, K-03X BR and F-03A BR) and (K-01X BH, K-03X BH and F-03A BH)



The Limited Edition Black models are works of art that represent the excellence of contemporary Japanese audio technology and rich heritage of Japanese craftsmanship. The series is in stylish black, fitted with ornaments coated with Japanese lacquer, a very special painting method originates in traditional Japanese arts and crafts.

The colour of ornaments you can choose from two variations; Bordeaux or Oxidized Silver.

Only 30 pieces are handmade in our Tokyo factory to celebrate the brand’s upcoming 30th anniversary year of 2017.


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Esoteric Limited Edition Bordeaux K-01X BR, K-03X BR and F-03A BR

The shiny clear Bordeaux colour coating is applied on silver foil, cluttered and dusted on black Japanese lacquer undercoat. The cluttered silver surface visible through the clear hard coat makes the finish three dimensional with tasteful gradations and deep luster. The Esoteric logo is applied with traditional Japanese “Maki-e” gold gilding technique.


Esoteric Limited Edition Oxidized Silver K-01X BH, K-03X BH and F-03A BH

This is a very unique finish that gives warm and organic touch to a modern, stylish machine in black. The coating consists of multiple layers of clear top coat on oxidized silver foil, cluttered and dusted on black Japanese lacquer under coat. The Esoteric logo is applied with traditional Japanese “Maki-e” gold gilding technique.

Esoteric Limited Edition K-01X BR & K-01X BH RRP 20000/each

Esoteric Limited Edition K-03X BR & K-03X BH RRP 12500/each

Esoteric Limited Edition F-03A BH & F-03A BH RRP 13500/each



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Old 15-06-17, 06:19 PM
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X is the unknown.
“X” in a model name symbolizes the ultimate advancements of technology, craftsmanship and creative commitment.

The K-01 and K-03 have won high acclaim as leaders of Esoteric’s line of all-in-one Super Audio CD players, and their extraordinary ability to reproduce the essential qualities of a musical performance continues to enthrall listeners to this day.

Now, a new “X” inherits that solid pedigree and further refines these qualities in the new K-01X and K-03X Super Audio CD players.
Concentrated beauty in an all-in-one form is a hallmark of Esoteric’s flagship Grandioso models.
The philosophy and technologies found in these high-end digital players reveal a new dimension of sound appreciation unlike anything you have ever experienced before.

Esoteric K0-3X SACD player/DAC RRP 11000, K0-1X SACD player/DAC RRP 16000


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Old 24-06-17, 06:11 PM
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The X-Factor

Esoteric K-01X / K-03X Common Features



X is the unknown.
“X” in a model name symbolizes the ultimate advancements of technology, craftsmanship and creative commitment.

The K-01 and K-03 have won high acclaim as leaders of Esoteric’s line of all-in-one Super Audio CD players, and their extraordinary ability to reproduce the essential qualities of a musical performance continues to enthrall listeners to this day.

Now, a new “X” inherits that solid pedigree and further refines these qualities in the new K-01X and K-03X Super Audio CD players.
Concentrated beauty in an all-in-one form is a hallmark of Esoteric’s flagship Grandioso models.
The philosophy and technologies found in these high-end digital players reveal a new dimension of sound appreciation unlike anything you have ever experienced before.

Esoteric K0-3X SACD player/DAC RRP 11000, K0-1X SACD player/DAC RRP 16000


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High-Bit D/A Processing With Outstanding Powers of Musical Expression -

Both the K-01X and K-03X combine multiple 32-bit DAC chipsets and utilize a high-bit D/A processing algorithm to convert the PCM signal to analogue at a high resolution in excess of 32 bits. The K-01X supports 35-bit processing and the K-03X 34-bit processing. 35-bit processing achieves an astounding resolution that is fully 2,048 times that of 24-bit processing (34-bit processing being 1,024 times that of 24-bit processing). In the digital range, full advantage is taken of high-bit data gradation to minimize calculation errors and provide faithful conversion to analogue, thereby attaining outstanding powers of expression with even extremely small music signals.

USB Support for 2.5/5.6 MHz DSD, 384 kHz/32-bit PCM, and Asynchronous Transmission -

The USB input supports asynchronous transmission and rates up to 2.8/5.6 MHz DSD and 384 kHz/32-bit PCM. Esoteric’s original PC driver software achieves outstanding playback of even studio-master-quality source files. DoP and ASIO 2.1 are also supported.

Esoteric-HCLD* : Esoteric’s Proprietary Current-Enhancing Output Buffer Circuit -

The ability to produce comparatively large currents and high slew rates are two of the most important factors to enable an analogue output circuit to accurately transmit the wide dynamic range of a music signal without degradation. To obtain the ultimate performance, the K-01X employs the same Esoteric-HCLD buffer amplifier circuitry found in the Grandioso D1. Two of these buffer circuits are employed per channel. Their high output current capacity and exceptionally fast slew rate (2000V/μs) provide an indication of their excellent response speed. By configuring them differentially to drive the XLR outputs and in parallel to drive the RCA outputs, the instantaneous output current available is maximized. The Esoteric-HCLD circuitry enables the K-01X and K-03X to recreate the full dynamism of music with a sense of realism that will take your breath away.
* HCLD = High Current Line Driver*

Comprehensive D/D Conversion Compatible with Wide Range of Sources -

In addition to playback at the original sampling frequency, 2X, 4X and 8X up-conversion of the PCM digital signal is also provided. A range of D/D conversion modes are also available for the PCM format, such as PCM-to-DSD conversion.

Digital Inputs Support DSD (DoP format) and High-Res PCM -

Three digital inputs (USB, coaxial, and optical) enable connection to a wide range of systems. Coaxial and optical inputs support DSD in DoP format and high-resolution PCM of up to 192 kHz/24-bit.

High-Precision VCXO Clock -

Often considered the heart of a digital player, the clock circuit supplies a high-accuracy reference clock signal to the digital circuitry. Its voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) was originally developed for the Grandioso P1/D1 in a joint effort with Nihon Dempa Kogyo (NDK), a major manufacturer of crystal oscillators. As a high-precision custom clock worthy of the world’s leading equipment, this circuit ensures exceptional sound playback quality thanks to an exceptionally large crystal element with excellent center accuracy (0.5 ppm*) and extremely low levels of phase noise.
(*at time of shipping*)

Clock Sync Function for Synchronization with External Devices -

Connecting the unit to a high-precision master clock generator (G-01, G-02) allows synchronization of the unit’s operation with an external clock signal, thereby enabling the sound quality of the system to be upgraded. Input frequencies are 44.1/88.2/176.4 kHz, as well as 10 MHz and 22 MHz direct master clock linkage. *Synchronization with external clocks is also supported when the USB input is used.
When an external clock generator is connected, its signal is also used to clock the D/A converter, bypassing the internal PLL circuit and providing higher precision D/A conversion.

Support for Future System Upgrades -

RCA (S/PDIF) or XLR (AES/EBU) digital outputs are provided. These allow to player’s performance to be upgraded by the addition of a top-end Esoteric D/A converter.
This circuit can be turned off when digital output is not in use.

Chassis Construction and Parts Layout -

The Esoteric VRDS-NEO transport mechanism is positioned in the center of the unit, directly attached to the 5 mm-thick steel chassis bottom, and is supported at three points by Esoteric’s proprietary pinpoint feet (Patent No. 4075477) to effectively suppress the effects of vibration on the turntable mechanism. The chassis interior features a double-deck construction with five compartments. Each circuit block is isolated within its own compartment to minimize interference between circuits. Two separate audio boards for each channel are positioned nearest the rear terminals. The audio power circuitry and power transformers are also isolated from the audio boards, and the power supply wiring has been made as short as possible to minimize the influence of magnetic flux leakage, vibration, and the like.
The K-01X features four large-capacity toroidal transformers: one for each of the two built-in monaural D/A converters, one for the audio circuitry, and one for the VS-DD spindle servo driver. The K-03X is equipped with two large-capacity toroidal transformers : one for the analogue circuitry and the other for the digital/mechanism drive circuitry. This design provides ideal power supply capability to all circuit blocks without interference.


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Old 01-07-17, 06:17 PM
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Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD player/DAC





X is the unknown.
“X” in a model name symbolizes the ultimate advancements of technology, craftsmanship and creative commitment.

The K-03X all-in-one player is designed to offer as much of the stellar performance provided by the K-01X as possible. Using the same design philosophy as the K-01X, it also derives its leading technology from this model. Its VRDS-NEO VMK-3.5-10 drive mechanism now incorporates Esoteric’s advanced VS-DD servo driver for even smoother spindle operation. Its dual mono DAC, also found in the K-01X, is configured with 4 individual converter circuits operating in parallel and summed to optimize linearity and minimize noise. It also employs Esoteric’s innovative 34-bit D/A processing algorithm.

With a pedigree extending directly back to the Grandioso D1, the K-03X is clear in its stunning sound quality, ease of use and wide functionality, including such recent developments as its DSD compatible USB interface.

Esoteric K0-3X CD/SACD player/DAC RRP 11000

Our Philosophy - Pride and Mission of “ESOTERIC"

“The joy of the highest levels of musical elation.” Our corporate philosophy as our foundation has been embodied through providing superb audio and video products for over 21 years.

Now, to further pursue our corporate credo, we shall aspire to reinforce our own corporate identity by the same token.

From analogue discs to analogue tapes, CDs to Super Audio CDs, videotape to DVDs, there were several transitions and technical innovations in auditory and visual media. ESOTERIC, which was born in the midst of such transition, shall pursue a unique path as a high-end audio-video brand, focusing on components of higher value and adding amplifiers into our product line. This evolution allows us to merge both high recording and replay technologies, based on our own technical innovation and proprietary technologies.

Despite changing times and whirlwind markets, there remain musical and visual connoisseurs who are seeking true excitement. As long as there are such people we shall with great care develop and actively release new products, that improve upon the “state of the art,” within each business category that we pursue. This is our mission.








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Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD player/DAC


Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD player/DAC

Esoteric K0-3X CD/SACD player/DAC Key features -

USB Support for 2.5/5.6 MHz DSD, 384 kHz/32-bit PCM, and Asynchronous Transmission

The USB input supports asynchronous transmission and rates up to 2.8/5.6 MHz DSD and 384 kHz/32-bit PCM. Esoteric’s original PC driver software achieves outstanding playback of even studio-master-quality source files. DoP and ASIO 2.1 are also supported.

Esoteric VRDS-NEO “VMK-3.5-10” transport mechanism -



Originally developed for the Grandioso P1, the VRDS-NEO drive mechanism achieves ultimate levels of transport accuracy. Its high-precision turntable was specially designed to spin Super Audio CD/CD discs, radically improving reading accuracy by mechanically correcting for surface run-out. To provide a comparable level of precision, the K-03X is equipped with the VRDS-NEO VMK-3.5-10 drive, placing Esoteric’s superlative music reproduction capabilities within reach of an even greater number of music lovers. The new addition of its VS-DD spindle servo driver further assures smoother high-precision servo control.
With its duralumin turntable and 10mm-thick turntable bridge, the unit’s massive weight of 4.4kg (11.2kg including its highly rigid base) is proof of the drive’s robust construction. Other proven VRDS-NEO features include a high-flux-density magnet-driven coreless three-phase brushless spindle motor, high-precision thread feed control, and a shaft-sliding pickup that assures consistently perpendicular laser illumination.

Esoteric VS-DD Spindle Servo Driver -

The proprietary VS-DD spindle servo driver previously used only in Esoteric’s top-end models is now made available to the K-03X. Its discrete three-channel amplifier circuitry optimizes the waveform of the current supplied to the motor for quieter and smoother spindle operation and high-precision servo control.

Esoteric Dual Mono D/A Converters Follow the Design Philosophy of the K-01X -

Due to the exceptional performance of its D/A converters, the K-03X offers a level of sound quality on a par with the K-01X in terms of clarity and musical presence. Its multiple DAC design philosophy, carried over from the Grandioso D1, allows extremely accurate digital to analogue conversion. This is exemplified by the outstanding linearity and low distortion achieved by the arrangement of 4 individual DAC circuits operated in parallel in each channel. The K-03X uses the same AKM4495S DAC chipset featured in both the Grandioso D1 and the K- 01X. To minimize noise, two large toroidal transformers supply power independently to the digital and analogue circuits in each channel. The excellent channel separation and stereo imaging of the K-03X’s converters provide listeners with a mesmerizing musical experience.

Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD player/DAC Specification -

Compatible disc types Super Audio CD, CD (CD-R/CD-RW compatible)
Analogue audio output Jacks XLR jacks (2 channel) x 1, RCA jacks (2 channel) x 1
Output impedance XLR: 40Ω, RCA: 10Ω
Maximum output level (1 kHz, full scale, 10 k ohms) XLR (Gain: 0 dB): XLR: 4.8Vrms, RCA: 2.4Vrms
Frequency response 5Hz to 40kHz (-3dB))
Signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) 116dB
Total harmonic distortion 0.0001% (1kHz)
Digital audio output Coaxial RCA jack x 1 0.5 Vp-p/75 ohms
Digital audio input Coaxial RCA connector x 1 (input impedance 75 ohms)
Optical digital connector x 1 -24.0 to -14.5 dBm peak
USB port B connector USB 2.0 / 192 kHz-24 bit async.
Clock synchronization input format Jack BNC
Input impedance 75 ohms
Input level Rectangle wave: equivalent to TTL levels
Sine wave: 0.5 to 1.0 Vrms/50 to 75 ohms
GENERAL
Power supply Power supply AC 230V 50 Hz, AC 120V 60 Hz, AC 220 V 60 Hz
Power consumption 25 W
External dimensions (W x H x D) 445 x 162 x 438 mm (17 1/4" x 6" 3/8 x 13 1/4") (including protrusions)
Weight 28 kg (61 3/4 lbs)
Accessories Remote control unit (RC-1301) x 1, Batteries (AA) x 2, Power cord set x 1, Felt pads x 3, Owner's manual x 1, Warranty card x 1


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Old 10-07-17, 06:58 PM
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Esoteric D-02X 36bit Dual Mono D/A Converter



Featuring a total redesign of all its circuit components, the new D-02X compresses the monoblock design concept of Esoteric's premier Grandioso D1 into a single-unit dual mono D/A converter without compromise. Retaining the D-02's original configuration of four independent toroidal power supply circuits (for the digital circuitry, clock circuit, and left and right channel analogue circuits), all components and patterns in each circuit have been significantly upgraded.

Notably, the D/A circuitry that lies at the heart of this advanced unit now boasts 16 differential circuits per channel (32 outputs), double that of its earlier configuration, while maintaining the same grand sense of scale as the Grandioso D1. Other features include new ES-LINK4 signal inputs, 36-bit D/A processing and the same Esoteric HCLD line buffer technology that has won accolades for the Grandioso C1 preamplifier. Extensive efforts have also been made to provide support for high-resolution playback, including the 11.2MHz DSD file format, for ever more penetrating musical playback capability.

Esoteric D-02X 36bit Dual Mono D/A Converter RRP 16000

Our Philosophy - Pride and Mission of “ESOTERIC"

“The joy of the highest levels of musical elation.” Our corporate philosophy as our foundation has been embodied through providing superb audio and video products for over 21 years.

Now, to further pursue our corporate credo, we shall aspire to reinforce our own corporate identity by the same token.

From analogue discs to analogue tapes, CDs to Super Audio CDs, videotape to DVDs, there were several transitions and technical innovations in auditory and visual media. ESOTERIC, which was born in the midst of such transition, shall pursue a unique path as a high-end audio-video brand, focusing on components of higher value and adding amplifiers into our product line. This evolution allows us to merge both high recording and replay technologies, based on our own technical innovation and proprietary technologies.

Despite changing times and whirlwind markets, there remain musical and visual connoisseurs who are seeking true excitement. As long as there are such people we shall with great care develop and actively release new products, that improve upon the “state of the art,” within each business category that we pursue. This is our mission.








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Esoteric D-02X 36bit Dual Mono D/A Converter


Esoteric D-02X 36bit Dual Mono D/A Converter

Esoteric D-02X 36bit Dual Mono D/A Converter RRP 16000

Esoteric D-02X 36bit Dual Mono D/A Converter Features:

• 36-Bit Resolution Accentuates the Most Delicate Sound Textures -

The D-02X uses 32 (16 + 16) DAC circuits to achieve its low-noise and phenomenal linearity. Its AK4490 chipsets are produced by Asahi Kasei Microdevices. In addition to directly processing DSD signals, a new 36-bit D/A processing algorithm performs analogue conversion of the PCM signal at 36-bit resolution for smooth, delicately detailed high-resolution sound quality.

ESOTERIC-HCLD*: Esoteric's Exclusive Output Buffer Delivers Powerful Direct Current Transmission

High-speed current transmission capacity is the most important factor in an analogue output circuit's ability to transmit the wide dynamic range of a musical signal without loss. Extensive resources invested in the D-02X's output buffer amplifier circuitry greatly extend the limits of its performance as a line driver. Featuring high current output capacity, its high-performance elements boast an exceptionally high slew rate of 2,000V/μs as an indicator of its remarkable response speed. The D-02X's top-tier buffer circuit configuration features four RCA output circuits and two circuits each for the XLR outputs' hot and cold terminals. By maximizing its capacity to deliver instantaneous current output, the D-02X reproduces the full dynamics of music with breath taking realism.

• Wide-Range D/D Conversion Compatible With Many Sources -

In addition to playback at a source's original sampling frequency, the D-02X also features PCM up-conversion capability (2x, 4x, 8x) and PCM-to-DSD conversion that uses a proprietary algorithm to convert the PCM signal to fixed 11.2MHz DSD, enabling significantly smoother musical reproduction.

• Digital Inputs Support High Sampling Rates -

The D-02X's coaxial and optical inputs support PCM signals up to 24-bit/192kHz and 2.8MHz DSD (DoP). Two XLR inputs support 48-bit/192kHz (ES-LINK3), 24-bit/384kHz (Dual AES 8Fs) and 5.6MHz DSD (DoP Dual XLR mode).

• USB Input Compatible with PCM, DSD, and Asynchronous Transmission -

The D-02X also features a USB input that supports asynchronous transmission, PCM rates up to 32-bit/384kHz, and 2.8/5.6/11.2MHz native DSD. Utilizing Esoteric's proprietary PC driver software in combination with its free HR Audio Player, the D-02X provides high-resolution playback of even studio master-quality source files.

• Changeable XLR Output Pin Assignment -

As phase can be digitally inverted in a contactless system, either Hot 2 or Hot 3 can be selected with no deterioration in sound quality.

Esoteric D-02X 36bit Dual Mono D/A Converter Specifications:

• Analogue Audio Outputs -
• Terminals XLR x2 (L:1/R:1), RCA x2 (L:1/R:1)
• Output Impedance XLR 140Ω, RCA 60Ω
• Maximum Output Level (1kHz, full-scale, into 10kΩ) XLR 5.0Vrms, RCA 2.5Vrms
• Frequency Response (192kHz PCM signal input) 5Hz - 65kHz (-3dB)
• Signal-to-Noise Ratio (S/N) 121dB (DSD 5.6MHz, 1kHz)
• Total Harmonic Distortion 0.0007% (1kHz)

• Digital Audio Inputs -
• ES-LINK Terminals x2 (L:1/R:1)
• Input Signal Format 352.8kHz/384kHz, 48-bit, Linear PCM (ES-LINK4 format)
• DSD (ES-LINK4 format)
• XLR Terminals x2
• Input Level 5.0Vp-p
• Input Impedance 110Ω
• Dual Connection Input Signal Format 32 - 384kHz, 16 - 24-bit
• Linear PCM (DUAL AES format) 32 - 192kHz, 48-bit
• Linear PCM (ES-LINK3 format) DSD (ES-LINK1, ES-LINK2 format)
• Single Connection Input Signal Format 32 - 192kHz, 16 - 24-bit
• Linear PCM (AES/EBU format) DSD (ES-LINK1, ES-LINK2 format)
• RCA Terminals x2
• Input Level 0.5Vp-p
• Input Impedance 75Ω
• Input Signal Format 32 - 192kHz, 16 - 24-bit
• Linear PCM (IEC60958 format)
• Optical Digital Terminal x1
• Input Level -24.0 - -14.5dBm peak
• Input Signal Format 32 - 192kHz, 16 - 24-bit
• Linear PCM (IEC60958 format)
• USB Port (B Connector) x1
• Input Signal Format 44.1 - 384kHz, 16 - 32-bit, Linear PCM, 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz DSD

• Clock Output Terminal -
• BNC x1
• Output Level Equal to TTL level (into 75Ω load)
• Output Frequency 44.1kHz, 88.2kHz, 176.4kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz, 22.5792MHz, 24.576MHz
• Same frequency as input (when output set to thru)
• Output Frequency Precision 0.5 ppm (when shipped new)

• Clock Inputs Terminal -
• BNC x2 (WORD IN, 10MHz IN)
• Input Impedance CLOCK IN 75Ω, 10MHz IN 50Ω
• Input Frequency Compatibility CLOCK IN 44.1kHz, 88.2kHz, 176.4kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz, 22.5792MHz, 24.576MHz (10 ppm)
• 10MHz IN 10MHz (10ppm)
• Input Level CLOCK IN Equal to TTL level
• 10MHz IN Sine wave: 0.5 - 1.0Vrms

• General -
• AC Power Supply 230V, 50Hz; 120V, 60Hz; 220V, 60Hz
• Power Consumption 24W
• External Dimensions (W x H x D, including protrusions) 445mm x 162mm x 437mm, (17 5/8″ x 6 1/2″ x 17 1/4″)
• Weight 27kg (59 5/8 lb)

• Included Accessories -
• HDMI cable x 2, Power cord set x 1, Felt pads x 4, Owner's manual x 1, Warranty card x 1


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Esoteric at the 2017 Bristol Sound and Vision Show

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Our Philosophy - Pride and Mission of “ESOTERIC"

“The joy of the highest levels of musical elation.” Our corporate philosophy as our foundation has been embodied through providing superb audio and video products for over 21 years.

Now, to further pursue our corporate credo, we shall aspire to reinforce our own corporate identity by the same token.

From analogue discs to analogue tapes, CDs to Super Audio CDs, videotape to DVDs, there were several transitions and technical innovations in auditory and visual media. ESOTERIC, which was born in the midst of such transition, shall pursue a unique path as a high-end audio-video brand, focusing on components of higher value and adding amplifiers into our product line. This evolution allows us to merge both high recording and replay technologies, based on our own technical innovation and proprietary technologies.

Despite changing times and whirlwind markets, there remain musical and visual connoisseurs who are seeking true excitement. As long as there are such people we shall with great care develop and actively release new products, that improve upon the “state of the art,” within each business category that we pursue. This is our mission.








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Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player - To the Future of Musical Reproduction



Total sound quality without compromise. This has been Esoteric's core philosophy since its birth in 1987. Now this zeal for excellence extends to the highest quality in music streaming, pushing Esoteric to develop a new network audio player - one that offers listeners supreme ease in their musical enjoyment. From DSD high-resolution masters to reacquaintances with old classics lying hidden for years in a corner of your CD library, all can be instantly accessed from your giant music library, and all from the comfort of your listening seat. Passion and pride invested in advanced technology and exquisite craftsmanship support high quality you can rely on. Let the N-05 bring you closer still to the music you love, and lead you to a more complete sense of musical enjoyment. Onward to the future of musical reproduction.

Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player RRP 7000 -

Our Philosophy - Pride and Mission of “ESOTERIC"

“The joy of the highest levels of musical elation.” Our corporate philosophy as our foundation has been embodied through providing superb audio and video products for over 21 years.

Now, to further pursue our corporate credo, we shall aspire to reinforce our own corporate identity by the same token.

From analogue discs to analogue tapes, CDs to Super Audio CDs, videotape to DVDs, there were several transitions and technical innovations in auditory and visual media. ESOTERIC, which was born in the midst of such transition, shall pursue a unique path as a high-end audio-video brand, focusing on components of higher value and adding amplifiers into our product line. This evolution allows us to merge both high recording and replay technologies, based on our own technical innovation and proprietary technologies.

Despite changing times and whirlwind markets, there remain musical and visual connoisseurs who are seeking true excitement. As long as there are such people we shall with great care develop and actively release new products, that improve upon the “state of the art,” within each business category that we pursue. This is our mission.








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Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player


Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player


Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player

Esoteric N-05 features -

• Network Audio -

Access any music you like and play it back with the finest in sound quality, all without moving from the comfort of your listening seat - the N-05 makes this luxurious dream a reality. Enjoy the vivid musical experience of DSD master sound sources. Convert giant CD collections to a digital library for quick and easy access. Actively seek out new encounters in music with TIDAL. Use your home network environment to make your relationship with music ever closer. Besides your home audio components, all you need are a standard domestic LAN connection (w/ wireless router) and an iPad. A large-capacity NAS* device can hold your entire music library. With these few items, a comfortable life of high-quality musical enjoyment without compromise can soon be yours

• Compatible With a Variety of Audio Sources -

A thorough infusion of select high-end specifications ensures the N-05 delivers superb sound quality. Compatible with 2.8/5.6MHz DSD, 192kHz/24-bit PCM and a host of other formats (DSF, DSDIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, MP3, and AAC),* gapless playback capability is also offered in all lossless formats, permitting full enjoyment of live or opera recordings with no interruptions between musical tracks.

• Esoteric Sound Stream -

Esoteric Sound Stream is an Apple iOS application for the iPad* designed with an emphasis on both sound quality and network playback operating ease. Its basic operation simply entails selecting musical tracks using the iPad, creating customized personal playlists, and playing the selections or playlists. All screens for key operation, playlists, library, etc. are arranged for easy viewing, enabling even users unfamiliar with the app to operate it with intuitive ease. Its high degree of refinement even meets the rigorous demands of advanced and experienced users. Key to this achievement is the app's excellent search and retrieval performance, which takes full advantage of tag information. Since images are also cached in the app, album artwork can be instantly scrolled through and libraries can be freely sorted into such classifications as artist, year of recording, composer or category. This use of tag information even allows musical numbers of the same name which differ in format to be easily identified on the screen.

• Music Server Function -

The N-05 can also be used as a simplified music server integrating both player and library by connecting a large-capacity storage device to the USB port on its rear panel. With the ability to be used as a secondary music server, even users new to the NAS directory structure can easily get started.

• ESOTERIC x TIDAL* -

Begin your encounters with new music through TIDAL, a high-end music streaming service that has officially partnered with Esoteric. TIDAL's lossless music distribution service operates on a fixed rate basis. Offering instant access to its enormous sound library, TIDAL enables users to enjoy their favourite music online with excellent sound quality.

• Dual Mono D/A Converters

A feature of its Super Audio CD players, Esoteric's D/A converters and analogue circuitry have won accolades for total sound quality. Employing Asahi Kasei Microdevices' AK4490 chip set, the converter is configured in four parallel and differential circuits (8 outputs) driving each channel to achieve superb sound quality with remarkable linearity and low distortion. Its discreet dual mono configuration also provides excellent channel separation. Technology developed for the Grandioso C1 is also employed in the DAC's power supply, which features EDLC* super capacitors. This regulated power supply boasts a total capacity of 500,000μF per channel for exceptional low-frequency sound reproduction.

• 34-Bit D/A Processing -

The N-05 uses a 34-bit D/A processing algorithm to convert the high-resolution 34-bit PCM signal to analogue. This 34-bit encoding resolution is an astounding 1,024 times more detailed than that of 24-bit encoding. In the digital range, full advantage is also taken of this processor's high-bit data gradation to minimize calculation errors and provide faithful analogue conversion for outstanding and highly sensitive powers of expression.


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The Absolute Sound reviews Esoteric's K-03X CD/SACD player/DAC

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/arti...cdsacd-player/





X is the unknown.
“X” in a model name symbolizes the ultimate advancements of technology, craftsmanship and creative commitment.

The K-03X all-in-one player is designed to offer as much of the stellar performance provided by the K-01X as possible. Using the same design philosophy as the K-01X, it also derives its leading technology from this model. Its VRDS-NEO VMK-3.5-10 drive mechanism now incorporates Esoteric’s advanced VS-DD servo driver for even smoother spindle operation. Its dual mono DAC, also found in the K-01X, is configured with 4 individual converter circuits operating in parallel and summed to optimize linearity and minimize noise. It also employs Esoteric’s innovative 34-bit D/A processing algorithm.

With a pedigree extending directly back to the Grandioso D1, the K-03X is clear in its stunning sound quality, ease of use and wide functionality, including such recent developments as its DSD compatible USB interface.

Esoteric K0-3X CD/SACD player/DAC RRP 11000

Our Philosophy - Pride and Mission of “ESOTERIC"

“The joy of the highest levels of musical elation.” Our corporate philosophy as our foundation has been embodied through providing superb audio and video products for over 21 years.

Now, to further pursue our corporate credo, we shall aspire to reinforce our own corporate identity by the same token.

From analogue discs to analogue tapes, CDs to Super Audio CDs, videotape to DVDs, there were several transitions and technical innovations in auditory and visual media. ESOTERIC, which was born in the midst of such transition, shall pursue a unique path as a high-end audio-video brand, focusing on components of higher value and adding amplifiers into our product line. This evolution allows us to merge both high recording and replay technologies, based on our own technical innovation and proprietary technologies.

Despite changing times and whirlwind markets, there remain musical and visual connoisseurs who are seeking true excitement. As long as there are such people we shall with great care develop and actively release new products, that improve upon the “state of the art,” within each business category that we pursue. This is our mission.








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Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD player/DAC


Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD player/DAC

Esoteric K0-3X CD/SACD player/DAC Key features -

USB Support for 2.5/5.6 MHz DSD, 384 kHz/32-bit PCM, and Asynchronous Transmission

The USB input supports asynchronous transmission and rates up to 2.8/5.6 MHz DSD and 384 kHz/32-bit PCM. Esoteric’s original PC driver software achieves outstanding playback of even studio-master-quality source files. DoP and ASIO 2.1 are also supported.

Esoteric VRDS-NEO “VMK-3.5-10” transport mechanism -



Originally developed for the Grandioso P1, the VRDS-NEO drive mechanism achieves ultimate levels of transport accuracy. Its high-precision turntable was specially designed to spin Super Audio CD/CD discs, radically improving reading accuracy by mechanically correcting for surface run-out. To provide a comparable level of precision, the K-03X is equipped with the VRDS-NEO VMK-3.5-10 drive, placing Esoteric’s superlative music reproduction capabilities within reach of an even greater number of music lovers. The new addition of its VS-DD spindle servo driver further assures smoother high-precision servo control.
With its duralumin turntable and 10mm-thick turntable bridge, the unit’s massive weight of 4.4kg (11.2kg including its highly rigid base) is proof of the drive’s robust construction. Other proven VRDS-NEO features include a high-flux-density magnet-driven coreless three-phase brushless spindle motor, high-precision thread feed control, and a shaft-sliding pickup that assures consistently perpendicular laser illumination.

Esoteric VS-DD Spindle Servo Driver -

The proprietary VS-DD spindle servo driver previously used only in Esoteric’s top-end models is now made available to the K-03X. Its discrete three-channel amplifier circuitry optimizes the waveform of the current supplied to the motor for quieter and smoother spindle operation and high-precision servo control.

Esoteric Dual Mono D/A Converters Follow the Design Philosophy of the K-01X -

Due to the exceptional performance of its D/A converters, the K-03X offers a level of sound quality on a par with the K-01X in terms of clarity and musical presence. Its multiple DAC design philosophy, carried over from the Grandioso D1, allows extremely accurate digital to analogue conversion. This is exemplified by the outstanding linearity and low distortion achieved by the arrangement of 4 individual DAC circuits operated in parallel in each channel. The K-03X uses the same AKM4495S DAC chipset featured in both the Grandioso D1 and the K- 01X. To minimize noise, two large toroidal transformers supply power independently to the digital and analogue circuits in each channel. The excellent channel separation and stereo imaging of the K-03X’s converters provide listeners with a mesmerizing musical experience.

Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD player/DAC Specification -

Compatible disc types Super Audio CD, CD (CD-R/CD-RW compatible)
Analogue audio output Jacks XLR jacks (2 channel) x 1, RCA jacks (2 channel) x 1
Output impedance XLR: 40Ω, RCA: 10Ω
Maximum output level (1 kHz, full scale, 10 k ohms) XLR (Gain: 0 dB): XLR: 4.8Vrms, RCA: 2.4Vrms
Frequency response 5Hz to 40kHz (-3dB))
Signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) 116dB
Total harmonic distortion 0.0001% (1kHz)
Digital audio output Coaxial RCA jack x 1 0.5 Vp-p/75 ohms
Digital audio input Coaxial RCA connector x 1 (input impedance 75 ohms)
Optical digital connector x 1 -24.0 to -14.5 dBm peak
USB port B connector USB 2.0 / 192 kHz-24 bit async.
Clock synchronization input format Jack BNC
Input impedance 75 ohms
Input level Rectangle wave: equivalent to TTL levels
Sine wave: 0.5 to 1.0 Vrms/50 to 75 ohms
GENERAL
Power supply Power supply AC 230V 50 Hz, AC 120V 60 Hz, AC 220 V 60 Hz
Power consumption 25 W
External dimensions (W x H x D) 445 x 162 x 438 mm (17 1/4" x 6" 3/8 x 13 1/4") (including protrusions)
Weight 28 kg (61 3/4 lbs)
Accessories Remote control unit (RC-1301) x 1, Batteries (AA) x 2, Power cord set x 1, Felt pads x 3, Owner's manual x 1, Warranty card x 1


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The Absolute Sound reviews Esoteric's N-05 Network Audio Player

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/arti...-audio-player/



Bottom line

"The Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player is an auspicious entry into the world of file-based and streaming music playback. It sounds first-rate, looks gorgeous, is easy to set up and use—it’s the type of component that makes it hard for a reviewer to pick nits. A wide and useful assortment of filters lets you tweak the sound to suit your taste. The internal DAC is a beauty; if you have a digital device besides the N-05, you can use the N-05’s DAC to improve that device’s sound.

If you want a music player combined with an advanced DAC, check out this new Esoteric. If you want to get into file-based or streaming music playback but don’t want to deface your audio equipment rack with an ugly noisy computer, the Esoteric may be your ticket. Will the N-05 seriously encroach on the sales of Esoteric’s SACD players? I think not; as the data showed, audiophiles are increasingly turning to file-based and streaming music playback and the N-05 makes Esoteric-quality equipment available for that purpose. With the N-05, Esoteric’s first entry into the network audio player market is a winner. Bravo, Esoteric."


Total sound quality without compromise. This has been Esoteric's core philosophy since its birth in 1987. Now this zeal for excellence extends to the highest quality in music streaming, pushing Esoteric to develop a new network audio player - one that offers listeners supreme ease in their musical enjoyment. From DSD high-resolution masters to reacquaintances with old classics lying hidden for years in a corner of your CD library, all can be instantly accessed from your giant music library, and all from the comfort of your listening seat. Passion and pride invested in advanced technology and exquisite craftsmanship support high quality you can rely on. Let the N-05 bring you closer still to the music you love, and lead you to a more complete sense of musical enjoyment. Onward to the future of musical reproduction.

Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player RRP 7000 -

Our Philosophy - Pride and Mission of “ESOTERIC"

“The joy of the highest levels of musical elation.” Our corporate philosophy as our foundation has been embodied through providing superb audio and video products for over 21 years.

Now, to further pursue our corporate credo, we shall aspire to reinforce our own corporate identity by the same token.

From analogue discs to analogue tapes, CDs to Super Audio CDs, videotape to DVDs, there were several transitions and technical innovations in auditory and visual media. ESOTERIC, which was born in the midst of such transition, shall pursue a unique path as a high-end audio-video brand, focusing on components of higher value and adding amplifiers into our product line. This evolution allows us to merge both high recording and replay technologies, based on our own technical innovation and proprietary technologies.

Despite changing times and whirlwind markets, there remain musical and visual connoisseurs who are seeking true excitement. As long as there are such people we shall with great care develop and actively release new products, that improve upon the “state of the art,” within each business category that we pursue. This is our mission.








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Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player


Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player


Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player

Esoteric N-05 features -

• Network Audio -

Access any music you like and play it back with the finest in sound quality, all without moving from the comfort of your listening seat - the N-05 makes this luxurious dream a reality. Enjoy the vivid musical experience of DSD master sound sources. Convert giant CD collections to a digital library for quick and easy access. Actively seek out new encounters in music with TIDAL. Use your home network environment to make your relationship with music ever closer. Besides your home audio components, all you need are a standard domestic LAN connection (w/ wireless router) and an iPad. A large-capacity NAS* device can hold your entire music library. With these few items, a comfortable life of high-quality musical enjoyment without compromise can soon be yours

• Compatible With a Variety of Audio Sources -

A thorough infusion of select high-end specifications ensures the N-05 delivers superb sound quality. Compatible with 2.8/5.6MHz DSD, 192kHz/24-bit PCM and a host of other formats (DSF, DSDIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, MP3, and AAC),* gapless playback capability is also offered in all lossless formats, permitting full enjoyment of live or opera recordings with no interruptions between musical tracks.

• Esoteric Sound Stream -

Esoteric Sound Stream is an Apple iOS application for the iPad* designed with an emphasis on both sound quality and network playback operating ease. Its basic operation simply entails selecting musical tracks using the iPad, creating customized personal playlists, and playing the selections or playlists. All screens for key operation, playlists, library, etc. are arranged for easy viewing, enabling even users unfamiliar with the app to operate it with intuitive ease. Its high degree of refinement even meets the rigorous demands of advanced and experienced users. Key to this achievement is the app's excellent search and retrieval performance, which takes full advantage of tag information. Since images are also cached in the app, album artwork can be instantly scrolled through and libraries can be freely sorted into such classifications as artist, year of recording, composer or category. This use of tag information even allows musical numbers of the same name which differ in format to be easily identified on the screen.

• Music Server Function -

The N-05 can also be used as a simplified music server integrating both player and library by connecting a large-capacity storage device to the USB port on its rear panel. With the ability to be used as a secondary music server, even users new to the NAS directory structure can easily get started.

• ESOTERIC x TIDAL* -

Begin your encounters with new music through TIDAL, a high-end music streaming service that has officially partnered with Esoteric. TIDAL's lossless music distribution service operates on a fixed rate basis. Offering instant access to its enormous sound library, TIDAL enables users to enjoy their favourite music online with excellent sound quality.

• Dual Mono D/A Converters

A feature of its Super Audio CD players, Esoteric's D/A converters and analogue circuitry have won accolades for total sound quality. Employing Asahi Kasei Microdevices' AK4490 chip set, the converter is configured in four parallel and differential circuits (8 outputs) driving each channel to achieve superb sound quality with remarkable linearity and low distortion. Its discreet dual mono configuration also provides excellent channel separation. Technology developed for the Grandioso C1 is also employed in the DAC's power supply, which features EDLC* super capacitors. This regulated power supply boasts a total capacity of 500,000μF per channel for exceptional low-frequency sound reproduction.

• 34-Bit D/A Processing -

The N-05 uses a 34-bit D/A processing algorithm to convert the high-resolution 34-bit PCM signal to analogue. This 34-bit encoding resolution is an astounding 1,024 times more detailed than that of 24-bit encoding. In the digital range, full advantage is also taken of this processor's high-bit data gradation to minimize calculation errors and provide faithful analogue conversion for outstanding and highly sensitive powers of expression.


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Old 13-09-17, 06:35 PM
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Esoteric's new F-05 integrated amplifier/DAC (OP-DAC1 optional)



Power and Dynamic Range That Stand Out

The F-05 was designed as a core component of Esoteric's new F Series of Integrated Amplifiers. Like the F-03A, its fully balanced preamplifier section was acquired from the Grandioso C1, and its high-powered amplifier modules were acquired directly from the Grandioso S1. As first seen in Esoteric's premier models, the F-05 employs a complete dual-monaural configuration through all stages of amplification, from preamplifier inputs to the final stages of the power amplifier. Highly recommended for those who value the exhilarating feel of music's rich expression, the F-05 provides the power to dynamically open any sound stage, and deliver exceptional levels of performance when used in combination with any of Esoteric's line of state-of-the art digital players.

F-Series Philosophy: Basic and Complete

Representing a new generation of integrated amplifiers, Esoteric's new F Series has been thoroughly invested with proven results gained in the development of our flagship Grandioso line of separate amplifiers. With the goal of capturing all the inherent warmth and texture of music, not only were the outstanding expressive powers of the Grandioso line pursued, the utmost limits of audio performance were also concentrated into an integrated configuration that offers excellent usability combined with an attractiveness that more than compensates for the limitations of their size. Basic and Complete. With sights set on creating a unique presence in the category, the Esoteric F SerieS is born.

Full Analogue
AnalogUE amplification circuitry inherited from Esoteric’s flagship Grandioso Series for consistently superb sound quality.

Fully Integrated
Aspiring to be superior examples of the integrated amplifier format.

Fundamental
Invested with the finest materials and expertise in pursuit of the essence of amplifier design, while seeking uncommon sophistication and substance in the most basic format.

Functional
Offering more versatile tone control capability than separates, while bringing out the full potential of the integrated amplifier by providing ample functionality and abundant expandability in its overall refinement.

Esoteric F-05 integrated amplifier/DAC (OP-DAC1 optional) RRP 8500, OP-DAC1 800

Our Philosophy - Pride and Mission of “ESOTERIC"

“The joy of the highest levels of musical elation.” Our corporate philosophy as our foundation has been embodied through providing superb audio and video products for over 21 years.

Now, to further pursue our corporate credo, we shall aspire to reinforce our own corporate identity by the same token.

From analogue discs to analogue tapes, CDs to Super Audio CDs, videotape to DVDs, there were several transitions and technical innovations in auditory and visual media. ESOTERIC, which was born in the midst of such transition, shall pursue a unique path as a high-end audio-video brand, focusing on components of higher value and adding amplifiers into our product line. This evolution allows us to merge both high recording and replay technologies, based on our own technical innovation and proprietary technologies.

Despite changing times and whirlwind markets, there remain musical and visual connoisseurs who are seeking true excitement. As long as there are such people we shall with great care develop and actively release new products, that improve upon the “state of the art,” within each business category that we pursue. This is our mission.








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Esoteric's new F-05 integrated amplifier/DAC (OP-DAC1 optional)


Esoteric's new F-05 integrated amplifier/DAC (OP-DAC1 optional)


Esoteric's new F-05 integrated amplifier/DAC (OP-DAC1 optional)

Esoteric F-05 integrated amplifier/DAC (OP-DAC1 optional) FEATURES -

PREAMPLIFIER SECTION -

A Fully Balanced Preamplifier
One result of the lavish attention given to the development of the F Series is the preamplifier’s fully balanced configuration, which derives from our highly esteemed C Seriespreamplifier models. Impervious to noise, it delivers pure and powerful signal amplification at ultra-low impedance.

Dual Monaural by Design
The one design feature of these amplifiers that most clearly reflects Grandioso thinking is their dual monaural configuration, which maintains complete left and right channel independence through all stages, from preamplifier to the power amplifier’s final stage. As Esoteric integrated amplifiers, the major investments made in circuit construction expertise and materials developed over the years yield excellent channel separation and a measure of sound quality that transcends the class.

ESOTERIC-QVCS -
Playing a significant role in the F Series balanced dual monaural configuration is the proprietary Quad Volume Control System (QVCS), which incorporates a total of four precision switched resistor ladder networks operating in unison to electronically and independently control the left and right channels and their positive and negative phases. This system helps maintain superb audio clarity, excellent channel separation and highly accurate phase characteristics. Further, by eliminating all volume control wiring on the audio board, the resulting shorter signal path minimizes deterioration of sound quality while realizing exceptionally low distortion. * QVCS: Quad Volume Control System

Ultra-Low-Noise Logic Control
As a countermeasure against noise, all control lines have been electronically separated from the main body of the preamplifier with the use of isolator elements integrated into the front panel.

High-Precision Ball Bearing Control Knobs
Employing the same high-precision bearing mechanisms used in our Grandioso components, the F Series volume control knobs and selector switches provide exceptionally smooth operation with an analogue feel free of any mechanical play. Sparing no cost, all panel knobs are also custom-machined from solid aluminium.

Dual Mono Phonostage Preamp
The dual mono phonostage preamp (MM/MC) features independent left and right channel power sources and independent circuits.

High-Quality Headphone Amplifier
The powerful headphone amp provides abundant output to effectively drive even difficult to power high-end high-impedance headphones.

3-Band Tone Control (Treble/Middle/Bass)
Commitment to achieving all the quality associated with high-end components results in a balanced dual monaural configuration consisting of four circuits (L/R, –/+) for each band. This system enables users to adjust tone settings free of any concerns about sound quality deterioration. Shifting the variable band more than usual toward the high and low frequency ranges (14kHz/63Hz) permits fine adjustment of bass and treble without adversely affecting the original source signal. Fully electronic control also permits fine adjustment of up to 12dB in 0.5dB steps. The middle band can also be utilized as a loudness preset when set to the minus side and used in conjunction with the Tone Bypass switch.

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Power Amplifier Input Stage Features Balanced Configuration
The power amplification section’s front stage is balanced in line with the thinking behind our S Series separate amplifiers. Its low impedance and clean amplification further enhance the dynamic range.

Large-Capacity Custom Power Transformer — The Nucleus of the Finest Power Amplifiers
The power supplies of the F-05 feature large-core 940VA custom EI power transformer and 40,000μF block capacitors for each channel in a dual monaural configuration. Large-gauge cable is used in all connections to help minimize impedance. As in our separate power amplifiers, this outstanding power section achieves a theoretically linear power output range(F-05: 120W/8ohms, 240W/4ohms) for faithful reproduction of every musical dynamic.

Low Impedance for Enhanced Drive Capability
Utilizing eight 1mm-thick bus bars formed of high-purity OFC, the speaker output section employs MOSFET switching with no mechanical contacts. Coils have also been eliminated from the output stage to minimize impedance and enhance drive capability.

Large Bipolar LAPT Transistors Deliver 34 Amperes of Instantaneous Peak Power
Featured in Grandioso models up to and including the M1, large bipolar LAPT* transistors deliver an outstanding continuous current capacity of 34A of instantaneous peak power. Their superior high frequency characteristics also play a critical role in the accurate reproduction of the most delicate tones. * LAPT: Linear Amplified Power Transistor

3-Stage Darlington Circuit with 3 Parallel Push-Pull Configuration + LIDSC
Derived from our flagship Grandioso line, the F Series amplifier modules feature a three-stage Darlington configuration that utilizes three parallel push-pull sections to faithfully bring out the superb high-frequency characteristics of their LAPT transistors. Proprietary LIDSC* circuitry reduces the drive section’s second stage to final stage output impedance, achieving loudspeaker drive capability nearly equal to that of our separate amplifiers. NFB has also been minimized to realize a more natural sound quality brimming with life. * LIDSC: Low Impedance Drive Stage Coupling

CONSTRUCTION/FUNCTIONS -

3D Optimized Chassis Construction
The F-Series 3D Optimized Chassis features robust construction that gives each circuit block its own dedicated compartment. Interference between circuits is effectively minimized while achieving the shortest possible cable routing. Chassis exteriors are formed of thick aluminium panels manufactured without compromise following the same design philosophy imbued in Esoteric’s separate amplifiers. As a result, the F-05's heavy-duty construction tips the scales at a total weight of 32kg, exceptional among integrated models. The F-03A’s pinpoint feet* and the steel insulators supporting the F-05 at four points are just two examples of the rigorous countermeasures taken to minimize the effects of vibration. * Patent No. 4075477

Designed for System Upgrades
The preamplifier and power amplifier sections of the F Series boast the same degree of refinement as Esoteric’s separates, and can both be used as standalone devices, or even disabled if not in use. The PRE-out employs a powerful buffer amplifier, while XLR outputs achieve a highly effective fully balanced configuration. System upgrades can also be performed with no compromises in quality, and a card expansion slot facilitates the installation of an optional OP-DAC1 D/A Converter Board, which adds full compatibility with 11.2MHz DSD and 384kHz/32-bit PCM signal inputs.


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Esoteric will be exhibiting at the Indulgence Show, London, UK on 29th September - 1st October, 2017. Area: Audio London, Rooms: Medoc, Floor: 2nd Floor

Esoteric, the legendary high-end sister brand of TEAC, will be demonstrating its range of acclaimed audiophile hi-fi separates (in conjunction with Nordost, ProAc and Atacama). Highlights will include the chance to hear the mighty K-01X Super Audio CD/CD player, regarded as one of the best disc spinners in the world.


K-01X Super Audio CD/CD player/DAC

Four years after the release of the K-01—the world’s leading all-in-one digital player—the new K-01X debuts as a more compact version of Esoteric’s flagship Grandioso model. Utilizing the same type of highly rigid chassis construction as the Grandioso and a similar four-transformer power supply, it integrates the Grandioso P1’s high-precision VRDS-NEO “VMK-3.5-20S” turntable with two independent monaural DAC units derived from the Grandioso D1 design, each configured with a parallel array of 8 individual converters, which are summed to optimize linearity and minimize noise.

Electronic circuitry has also been further improved with the latest technologies, including a new AK4495S DAC IC, an advanced 35-bit D/A processing algorithm, an HCLD buffer amp, a DSD-compatible USB interface, and a large, low phase noise clock, all ensuring the K-01X achieves the absolute pinnacle of sound quality.

K-01X Super Audio CD/CD player/DAC Silver finish UK RRP 16000

K-01X Super Audio CD/CD player/DAC Black Special Edition Bordeaux finish UK RRP 20000

K-01X Super Audio CD/CD player/DAC Black Special Edition Oxidized Silver finish UK RRP 20000

Our Philosophy - Pride and Mission of “ESOTERIC"

“The joy of the highest levels of musical elation.” Our corporate philosophy as our foundation has been embodied through providing superb audio and video products for over 21 years.

Now, to further pursue our corporate credo, we shall aspire to reinforce our own corporate identity by the same token.
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From analogue discs to analogue tapes, CDs to Super Audio CDs, videotape to DVDs, there were several transitions and technical innovations in auditory and visual media. ESOTERIC, which was born in the midst of such transition, shall pursue a unique path as a high-end audio-video brand, focusing on components of higher value and adding amplifiers into our product line. This evolution allows us to merge both high recording and replay technologies, based on our own technical innovation and proprietary technologies.

Despite changing times and whirlwind markets, there remain musical and visual connoisseurs who are seeking true excitement. As long as there are such people we shall with great care develop and actively release new products, that improve upon the “state of the art,” within each business category that we pursue. This is our mission.








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