Conclusion of July 15, 2017 Soundstage Review : Although I have a standalone DAC hooked up to a computer-audio rig, I like spinning discs -- I own more than 3000 CDs, and now, after two months with the Esoteric K-05X SACD/CD player, I’ve expanded my shelf of SACDs from 20 to more than 60 and am looking for more. Though playing a CD is not quite the ritual that playing an LP is, I enjoy using a CD player, especially one with sound as rewardingly robust, authoritative, and colorful as the Esoteric K-05X’s. After using the same reference CD player for ten years, I’ve decided to make a change at last, and the Esoteric K-05X is, for me, a no-brainer as my new reference player.
If you’re in the market for a new SACD/CD player, I urge you to audition the K-05X. Its excellent build quality, proprietary VRDS-Neo transport, powerful processing, sleekly sculpted looks, option to upgrade by adding an external clock, and, last but hardly least, its outstanding qualities of sound, confirm it as an absolutely solid choice. Its sonic flame leaps high, the musical trances it inspires are sublime, and it pretty much exorcises all digital demons. Under the Esoteric’s spell, you might indeed hear the true words, all the way back to their source.
Reason for selling I am buying the K-01X probably won't sound any better just want the top of the line.
Bought from authorized Esoteric dealer, unit only four months old, has a three year warranty .Add 3% for Paypal plus shipping.