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    Luxman's new D-10X flagship sacd player

    From what I've read elsewhere, it sounds like the reviewer was judging a unit that had not yet been sufficiently broken in. I ran the review comments by a D-10X owner whose ears I trust, and his impression was the same.
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    Marantz or Esoteric SACD?

    I own an Esoteric K-03X and am currently deliberating between the new Luxman D-10X and a new Esoteric XD model (K-03XD or K-01XD, reportedly a much improved sound over previous models due to new in-house developed discrete component DAC). Last year I had a loner Luxman D-08u (being replaced by...
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    Gryphon Essence

    Hello taww, As a current Diablo 300 owner, your Essence commentary is very interesting. Question: Are your impressions of the Essence sound gleaned from experience with the Essence amp + Essence pre or some other combination? I ask because I read somewhere where the poster felt as you did that...
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    Gryphon Diablo Integrated Amplifier Owners

    I have a 300, which I like very much. I decided not to buy the optional DAC (which is reportedly very good). My reasoning was that DAC technology is moving much faster than amplifier technology, so separating the two would likely provide more flexibility with future upgrades. This plus my...
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    If the Esoteric K03Xs CD/SACD Player has harsh leading and trailing edges...

    According to the Esoteric website, there have been firmware updates to the D1X and K1X in April and to the K-01XD and K-03XD in June. These added MQA support and several misc improvements.
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    If the Esoteric K03Xs CD/SACD Player has harsh leading and trailing edges...

    Not the same thing, but I think there was a Japanese YouTube shootout on the net (linked on one of the forums in 2019) between a K1 and the then brand new K1X. They played back-to-back musical excerpts from a number of different musical genres. Regarding buying a used mechanical player, to me...
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    If the Esoteric K03Xs CD/SACD Player has harsh leading and trailing edges...

    I am one of those owners. I bought the Esoteric a few years ago and have enjoyed it, but now I know that 'better' is available. If the XD models are as good as reported, I'm open to staying with the brand. But first I'd like to hear one - and the Luxman. Severing their dependency on vendor...
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    If the Esoteric K03Xs CD/SACD Player has harsh leading and trailing edges...

    Their SACD/CD Players with Master Sound Discrete DAC technology are the Grandioso K1X and Esoteric K-01XD, K-03XD. The K1 is the best of all their prior generation players that used AKM chip DACs.
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    If the Esoteric K03Xs CD/SACD Player has harsh leading and trailing edges...

    As a K-03X owner I can identify with what I'd call a treble glare problem on some recordings. After home demoing Luxman's D-08u last year, the new D-10X is of great interest; however, from all accounts the new Esoteric XD models, with their in-house developed discrete component DAC technology...
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    Pass Labs XP-32

    Would like to hear from anyone here pairing a Pass pre with a Gryphon amp? Does this pairing work well?
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    Magico A5s arrive at Rhapsody....color me confused;)

    Might see the new speaker technology in an S model follow-on before another M after the M9?
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    Audience Introduces its JEWEL CableLifter

    Bombay Sapphire Gin - specially treated.
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    KeithR's "Dream Speaker" Search

    Keith, as a Diablo 300 owner this was my initial reaction too. But Gryphon apparently believes Essence, a high current design with a ton of capacitance, will be a good upgrade path for many Diablo owners. Early users have remarked on its understated power. If you have any interest in Gryphon...
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    My frustrating experience of cleaning the S3 MKII Beryllium tweeter

    These are diamond coated beryllium tweeters.
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    KeithR's "Dream Speaker" Search

    Keith, any thoughts about the Gryphon Essence? (

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