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Since the first debut of our K-01 and K-03 Super Audio CD Players, Esoteric’s integrated digital players have captivated listeners with their unrivaled playback of musical sources. They have also gone on to win numerous awards as they have come to be regarded as the gold standard of digital players around the world. This new “XD” edition boasts even more advanced features, combining two innovative technologies originally developed for Esoteric’s flagship Grandioso K-1X model: VRDS-ATLAS, the superlative Super Audio CD transport mechanism, and Master Sound Discrete DAC, designed completely in-house by ESOTERIC to provide even more enhanced playback from digital musical sources.
The incredible dynamic range and resolution achieved by these two technologies deliver thrilling reproduction of symphonic crescendos while reproducing an expansive spectrum of tones and faithfully rendering the subtle details of music with breathtaking depth and vivid realism. This broad versatility enables anyone to confidently enjoy an endless array of musical genres, from silky-smooth arias to pounding rock tunes. Now you too can fully experience a sound brought to life in a new pedigree of components from the name that has captured the hearts of music enthusiasts the world over: ESOTERIC.

  • Manufacturer's Description

    Playable disc types Super Audio CD, CD (including CD-R and CD-RW)
    Anaog audio outputs  
    XLR/ESL-A 1 pair (L/R)
    Output impedance 114Ω
    Maximum output level 5.0Vrms (1kHz, 10kΩ loaded)
    RCA 1 pair (L/R)
    Output impedance 34Ω
    Maximum output level 2.5Vrms (1kHz, 10kΩ loaded)
    Digital audio outputs  
    XLR 1
    Output impedance 3Vp-p (110Ω loaded)
    Output signal formats Linear PCM (AES/EBU) 44.1kHz,16-bit(CD)
    RCA 1
    Output impedance 0.5Vp-p (75Ω loaded)
    Output signal formats Linear PCM (IEC60958) 44.1kHz,16-bit(CD)
    Digital audio inputs  
    RCA 1
    Input signal formats  
    Linear PCM 32k to 192kHz, 16/24-bit (IEC60958)
    DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
    Input signal formats  
    Linear PCM 32k to 192kHz, 16/24-bit (IEC60958)
    DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
    USB B 1 (USB2.0 supported)
    Input signal formats  
    Linear PCM 44.1k to 384kHz, 16/24/32-bit (IEC60958)
    DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.5MHz
    Clock input  
    BNC 1
    Input impedance 50Ω
    Frequencies that can be input (±10ppm)  10MHz
    Input level 0.5 to 1.0Vrms (Sine wave)
    External control interface  
    RS-232C 1 (Please see here for command table)
    Trigger 1 (3.5mm Monaural mini jack)
    Power supply  
    Model for Europe AC 220 to 240V, 50/60Hz
    Model for US/Canada AC 120V, 60Hz
    Model for Korea AC 220V, 60Hz
    Model for Hong Kong AC 230V, 50Hz
    Power consumption 25W
    External dimensions (W×H×D)  445 × 162 × 438mm
    17-⅝" × 6-½" × 17-¼" (including protrusions)
    Weight 28kg / 61-¾ lb
    Included accessories Power cord set × 1
    Remote control (RC-1333) × 1
    AAA batteries × 2
    Felt pads × 3
    Owner's manual × 1
    Warranty card × 1


    Audio performance

    Frequency response 5Hz to 70kHz (–3dB, Super Audio CD, 0dB, DSDF=F2, XLR output)
    S/N ratio 113dB (A-weight, Super Audio CD, 0dB, DSDF=F2, XLR output)
    Distortions 0.0007% (1kHz, Super Audio CD, 0dB, DSDF=F2, XLR output)

    UK Shipping: 

    APC Overnight (up to 30kg). The premium Next Day service is upgraded on request to 12 noon delivery / SECURITY / Saturday and various options. We have found APC to be a reliable, courteous and predictable service.


    Europe, EC, and abroad: 

    For every despatch we use a professional broker to organize the fastest and highest quality shippers, and we normally use DHL or UPS depending on territory. Our broker monitors the documentation and Customs Clearance carried out by these two reliable carriers.

    Above 30kg: 

    For UK and overseas we use pallet shipping which is a professional service and avoids risks of mishandling and loss. It is not expensive under our contractors and worth a quote.


    The Music Room enjoys a 40-year tradition of customer care and at time of writing, full 5-star Google reviews. In addition UK customers enjoy the legal rights of mail order and distant selling. 

    We have exported happily for many years and most probably have happy customers in your country who will confirm our reliability and refund in the event of mishaps. 

    Refunds can only be made by the same payment form and to the same account to avoid possible fraud or money laundering.

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    We are an official Esoteric dealer and offer the best UK prices. If you have seen this product cheaper elsewhere, Let us know; we will match or beat any price.

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