The K-05 Super Audio CD player is the core model in the K series, following the legendary K-01 and K-03 players. The first version of the K-05 was launched in 2011, and in 2015 this evolved into the K-05X. The K-05X instantly became a top seller because of features such as the VRDS-NEO Super Audio CD transport mechanism. This mechanism uses a unique construction that enables it to provide an outstanding level of musical performance, which is why it was adopted by a number of other world-famous high-end audio makers. In its third generation form, the K-05Xs, incorporates the best qualities of Esoteric's flagship model, the Grandioso K1. It combines established class-leading features, such as the VRDS-NEO (VMK-5) mechanism and a high-rigidity aluminum chassis, with the latest K1 DAC platform employing a new dual-mono D/A converter, high current output buffer amplifiers and a new power supply.

  • Manufacturer's Description

    Playable disc types Super Audio CD, CD (including CD-R and CD-RW)
    Analog audio outputs  
    XLR/ESL-A 1 pair (L/R)
    Output impedance 40Ω
    Maximum output level 5.0Vrms (1kHz, 10kΩ loaded)
    RCA 1 pair (L/R)
    Output impedance 15Ω
    Maximum output level 2.5Vrms (1kHz, 10kΩ loaded)
    Digital audio outputs  
    RCA 1
    Digital audio inputs  
    RCA 1
    USB B 1 (USB2.0 stanrad)
    Clock input  
    BNC 1
    Input impedance 50Ω
    Frequencies that can be input (±15ppm)  44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 10MHz, 22.5792MHz, 24.576MHz
    Input level  
    Rectangle wave equivalent to TTL levels
    Sine wave 0.5 to 1.0Vrms
    Power supply  
      AC 220 to 240V. 50/60Hz
      AC 120V. 60Hz
      AC 230V. 50Hz
    Power consumption 22W
    External dimensions (W×H×D)  445 × 132 × 357mm
    17-⅝" × 5-¼" × 14-⅛" (including protrusions)
    Weight 15.1kg / 33-⅜ lb
    Included accessories Power cord set × 1
    Remote control (RC-1301) × 1
    AAA batteries × 2
    Felt pads × 3
    Owner's manual × 1
    Warranty card × 1


    Audio performance

    Frequency response 5Hz to 55kHz (–3dB, Super Audio CD, XLR output)
    S/N ratio 119dB (Super Audio CD, XLR output)
    Distortions 0.0013% (1kHz, Super Audio CD, 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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