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                        ESOTERIC CD/SACD PLAYERS



With the advent of SACD and DVD-Audio, the environment surrounding audio delivery has changed dramatically. Hi-end audio fans have been asking for this evolution to higher quality source data for a long time. There has also been pent-up demand for major changes in the playback devices needed for these new formats.



















                                   ESOTERIC K-01

If you are Looking for the best performance possible out of a one box SACD/CD player You must Check out the amazing Esoteric k-01.


 The design concept of the K series is extremely clear and simple -- a 2-channel D/A converter and stereo player that gives a stress-free
musical experience, without adding or removing anything from the original source material. All aspects of the design and engineering
process for the K series had extremely tough requirements to further advance ESOTERIC's top technology. Design and engineering
was completed applying all of ESOTERIC’s know-how in mechatronics technology, state-of-the-art audio technology, and evolutionary
materials including DAC implementation, for which cost was not a consideration. The K series is committed to advancing the “state of
the art” for the 2 channel audio purist, for both high resolution audio files and disc based audio playback applications.

The K-01 is equipped with Esoteric's VRDS-NEO “VMK-3.5-20S” mechanism, which has advanced substantially beyond existing VRDS
models. The K-01 follows the philosophy of the D-01, and has two 32-bit monaural D/A converters with eight parallel/differential DAC
circuits used per channel, as well as separate L/R power supplies. The on-board, high-precision clocking circuit has also been
advanced. The power supply for each circuit block has been optimized by using four on-board power transformers. Three sets of 192
kHz/24-bit digital inputs, supporting the most advanced high-sampling-rate digital sources are also built-in. USB driver
software supports 192 kHz/24-bit asynchronous transmission for connecting with a PC.
The K-01 responds to the stringent demands of music lovers and audio purists, for a top-of-the-line
digital source, 2-channel playback device.

                                    ESOTERIC K-03





The Esoteric K-03 se is a superb SACD/CD player, and the first to use Esoteric's X series player that uses a diecast aluminum and steel VRDS assembly. Specifically designed for the 2 channel audiophile, the K-03 represents and evolutionary path from the K-01 family. 


 The K-03’s D/A converter circuits are based on the circuitry of the
ESOTERIC K-01, providing a parallel/differential output with four
circuits per channel. This achieves overwhelming linearity and an
ultra low distortion factor.
For the D/A converter device itself, ASAHI KASEI Microdevices
Corporation’s top-end 32-bit AK4399 (*1) was adopted, after
extended repetitive audio and system reliability auditions.
The 32-bit AKM D/A converters, with four circuits per channel, are
mounted on a separate analog audio board for each of the left and
right channels and configured for dual mono operation with the
same layout for each of the two channels.
The power supply has toroidal transformers specifically used for
the analog audio circuits. The transformers boast an ideal power
supply capacity with a power supply that is separate from the
transport power supply and excellent channel separation achieved
through a power configuration separated into right and left
channels, to enable high-quality playback with rich localization and
sonic depth.




Spaceship? No, it's the VRDS-Neo!


 The K-03 uses an evolutionary version
of the mechanism configuration adopted for the X-03SE SACD/CD
player and now includes the VRDS-NEO “VMK-3.5-10.” This new
VRDS mechanism includes further refinements in the design of the
driver circuit. The all-new driver circuit specifically for SACDs and
CDs, enables smooth, high-precision servo control.


Esoteric Audio’s goal seems to be to put a VRDS-Neo in every SACD machine they make! And why not? The VRDS-Neo mechanism is the only platform which provides nearly 100% of the rotational stability required by the new high resolution formats. So good, in fact, that it has been incorporated into SACD players and transports manufactured by other of the highest end audio companies.

           ESOTERIC X-05

The Esoteric X-05 is the least expensive of its SACD players to use its own version of the VRDS-Neo mechanism, the VMK-5. Like the K-01 and the K-03, the X-05ss transport utilizes a highly rigid turntable bridge, Esoteric’s proprietary motor spindle design and a specialized pickup structure which prevents optical axis tilting during lens movement.



  The result is near-perfect delivery of the digital stream to Esoteric's superb dual mono Cirrus Logic 24bit/192 kHz DAC. With the X-05, music is presented with the harmonic accuracy, precise imaging, exceptional detail and deep/wide soundstage we have come to expect from its more expensive brothers. Yes there is a difference but you would have to listen closely to hear it! Another high end audio triumph by the manufacture of the most reliable digital front ends in the market, Esoteric Audio.

  The latest 14 bit / 216 MHz video D/A converter chip ADV 7324 from Analog Devices, the latest digital video scaling chip LSI ABT 1018 from Anchor Bay Technologies, and the Genesis FLI2310 (DCDi), I/P converter are employed. The UX-1Pi is equipped with the latest HDMI version 1.3 terminal (Maximum HD scaling: 1080P). Its HDMI outputs are 480i / 480P / 720P / 1080i / 1080P.



The SA-10, newly designed, engineered and manufactured by Esoteric, offers high grade audiophile performance to a wider audience at an affordable price point. The SA-10 features Esoteric's proprietary disc transport system which was developed as a vertically aligned optical stability platform (VOSP). The VOSP mechanism was first used in our UZ-1, SZ-1 DV-60 and SA-60. The benefit of this transport is that it reduces vibrations and resonance associated with signal noise and eliminates the need for off axis error correction.




  Unlike conventional disc players where the optics are supported by a wire platform, no off axis tracking is allowed by the VOSP system. This greatly improves data retrieval and dramatically reduces the need for data interpolation. The SA-10 includes 2 channel dedicated analog audio outputs (RCA x1 / XLR x 1), a dual mono 24-bit/192kHz digital to analog converter (Cirrus Logic CS4398 x 2) and a dual mono analog audio circuit for superior channel separation. Word sync input is included for use with Esoteric's family of integrated amplifiers and stand alone master clocks. High speed power is provided by a large toroidal power transformer.
 The SA-10 includes a highly rigid chassis construction with cut aluminum top and side panels for additional anti-resonance and anti-vibration properties. The remote controlled SA-10 is available through Esoteric's authorized dealer network.
Lower in price and huge on performance The SA-10 runs rings around its competition.


The SA-50 features the new VOSP (Vertically-aligned Optical Stability Platform), which employs a specially designed shaft-mounted laser pickup assembly. This pickup system evolved from Esoteric's P-01 and P-03 transports. This pickup design ensures that the laser optical axis is always at the center of the data track for optimal reading capability. With VOSP implementation, no off axis error correction is needed because no off axis data tracking is allowed.
The VOSP mechanism is rigidly clamped by a steel plate and a large diameter stabilizer made of 8 mm-thick steel to reduce unwanted resonance caused by high speed disc rotation. The entire mechanism assembly is directly mounted to the bottom chassis and two interior steel brackets rigidly hold the mechanism for superior anti-resonance properties.


The SA-50 features the latest 32 bit processing "AK4392" advanced multi-bit DAC device produced by Asahi Kasei EMD. The AK4392 has a highly precise D/A conversion capability with extended 32 bit processing throughout all output stages. The 32 bit processor also has enough room for 24 bit or lower data flow, and greatly contributes to a "three-dimensional" audio imaging experience. The SA-50 uses 1 chip per channel, in a dual mono configuration gaining maximum performance out of the 32 bit AK4392. With this implementation, high purity digital signals are converted to well defined, high-density analog signals.

The SA-50 employs user selectable digital signal conversion capability. The highly advanced digital conversion functions of the SA-50 include 32 bit PCM processing to provide a wide range of options to match to your audio system, or, your general listening preferences based on your choice of software. (1) The SA-50 can directly process native DSD signals into analog signals, and, can also convert the DSD signal into a 32 bit PCM signal. Over sampling frequency is selectable from x2 (88.2 kHz) or x4 (176.4 kHz). (2) PCM to DSD conversion capability for Redbook CD sources and for PCM signals input from external digital devices. (3) PCM signals are processed with a high quality 32 bit digital filter to enhance natural reproduction capability. Over sampling frequency is selectable from x2 (88.2 kHz) or x4 (176.4 kHz). (4) 2 modes are selectable for PCM digital filter. (FIR mode / Short delay mode).






The analog audio output circuits are also in a dual mono configuration producing exceptionally good channel separation. RCA (single-ended), output or XLR (fully-balanced), output is selectable. During playback of the selected output mode, the analog signal path that is not used is completely de-activated. This 2 channel dedicated circuit design further enhances precise imaging, transparency, separation and a deeper sound stage.


One of the most exciting features of the SA-50 is the presence of three digital inputs and a exceptionally high quality digital volume control. Finally! An Esoteric player which can serve as a digital preamp and a D/A converter for your computer or media server . Imagine playing back your whole library of music through an Esoteric 32 bit dac! What an improvement!






The A-100 provides 45W / ch output power from KT-88’s in                                                                      
UL-Push / Pull operation driven with a direct coupled
cathode follower. The cathode follower and voltage
amplification stage is directly coupled to form a triple stage    
by combining a unique and active bias circuit.
The A-100 is truly an innovation leading conventional tube
technologies to the “Next level!”
- Directly-coupled triple stages
The DC voltage control circuit ensures stable operation
of the directly-coupled triple stages (voltage
amplification stage, cathode follower stage, and output
stage), achieving a truly involving acoustic expression
from the A-100.
- Unique active bias circuit
The A-100 features a unique and advanced active bias
circuit. This circuit compensates the bias voltage
supplied to the output stage, detecting the cathode
current and the driving level. High linearity and superior
performance of the output stage is achieved by optimal
bias voltage control from this new design.
- Custom output transformer
The A-100 features a newly
designed custom output
transformer achieving highly
delicate and precise musicality.            
The amplifier uses specially
treated dual layer foil (copper
and silver), as the 2nd order
coil. This design provides very
tight coupling properties
between the 1st order coil.
Cutting Edge Tube Technology from ESOTERIC
- Stabilized power supplies
All stages except the KT-88 stage are powered by fully stabilized
power supplies. The A-100 reproduces an exceptionally deep
and finely detailed sound stage thanks to this innovative power
supply design.
- DC powered tube heater
All tubes except the KT-88 are DC heated. Hum noise is greatly
reduced by this heater design.
- Mechanical chassis construction
Power supply and output transformer are held by an extremely
rigid ‘H’ structure and circuit components reside in a block
configuration surrounding this mainframe design. The massive
chassis construction keeps the unit from unwanted vibration and
induced noise between circuit components.
- Input selector / volume attenuator
The A-100 is designed for pure power amplification but it also
works as an integrated amplifier by selection from an operating
switch on the rear panel. This switch activates an input selector
(RCA x3 / XLR x1), and also a very high quality volume
- Two bias modes
The A-100 has two bias modes (A or B), selectable from a back
panel switch. B mode is for a normal setting, and A mode (slightly
reduced bias voltage), is for slightly finer sound depending on
other component within the system.
- Remote controller
A remote control with illuminated keys for integrated amplifier
operation is included.