Grandioso K1X - the two Esoteric "Revolutions" installed!

CKKeung

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It's debuted at the Hong Kong High-End Audio & Visual Show 2019 today.

Both the two new "Esoteric Revolutions" of VDRS-Atlas and resistor-arrays dac section are installed.
MSRP is ¥2.8M

The gold colour version looked gorgeous!

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Its brochure to share :







(From http://www.avcat.jp/)

:cool::cool::cool:
 
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CKKeung

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There are two DC input sockets.
For future optional external psu?
Will ask the HK dealer at the Show today.
 
Jul 22, 2010
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Nice to see Esoteric making efforts to improve what they have. I will be interested in reviews as I use a disc player when not listening to vinyl lp.

My Ayre C5xe is getting long in the tooth. I have a backup transport. After that it’s Spectral, EMM Labs or Esoteric.
 
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I am also very interested in this unit ( the P1X / D1x is quite a thing!) Too bad that only Esoteric is still interested in improving in CD/SACD gear...
 

brodricj

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It's debuted at the Hong Kong High-End Audio & Visual Show 2019 today.

Both the two new "Esoteric Revolutions" of VDRS-Atlas and resistor-arrays dac section are installed.
MSRP is ¥2.8M

The gold colour version looked gorgeous!

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What do you mean, gold color version? It's the standard Esoteric Grandioso finish, no? Or, you mean the gold color trim on the tray facia is new?
 

Mike Lavigne

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any idea on how this new Grandioso disc player might compare to your MSB Select transport?

obviously you have a separate dac so it's not really a fair compare, but it would be interesting to know the difference.
 

CKKeung

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Hello Mike,
I guess a more appropriate comparison should be the new Esoteric P1X & D1X vs MSB Ref stack or Select stack.

The Esoteric K1X sacd player got only coaxial & aes/ebu spdif digital outputs.
If acting as a cd transport, its spdif digital outputs must be way inferior to the ES-Link of Esoteric P1X and the ProISL or ProI2S of MSB, bcos the two latter connections are adopting I2S config.

Anyway the sound character of Esoteric digital components in the past are not my cup of tea.
I only briefly listened to P1X & D1X and noticed that they are warmer/richer than the previous editions.
I shall try to arrange auditioning them more seriously in future.
:)
 
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I gave my K1 Mu metal ( shielding ) treatment on all 4 of the power transformers, along with a few other mods... Made a big improvement. Looks like the new K1x has the same 4 transformers , and no shielding...
 
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