Esoteric K-05XD Super Audio CD/CD Player

Esoteric K-05XD Super Audio CD/CD Player. Uncompromising quality refined with flagship technology. Beautiful style. High-quality sound worthy of the term "high-end"

The K-05XD inherits the philosophy of the historic K-05 series, but has been completely redesigned as a completely different Super Audio CD player from previous 05 models by completely revamping the design platform. The VRDS-ATLAS “ATLAS 05” transport mechanism is designed exclusively for this model, and the DAC section is a discrete circuit with “Master Sound Discrete DAC” to further refine music playback capability. The Master Sound Discrete Clock for Digital Player, a unique discrete clock circuit for integrated players, incorporates the development results of the Grandioso G1X master clock.

The chassis that houses the upgraded ATLAS mechanism, the larger circuit blocks, and the power supply section has a double inner layer and a larger size. The elegant appearance of this model, which is even closer to high-end models, subtly affirms the richness of its content, which is worthy of being called a great innovation. Enjoy the wonderful sound of the K-05XD, which is the result of the meeting between the lineage of a famous machine that has captivated lovers of music and new technologies.

key features

  • Newly developed “VRDS-ATLAS (ATLAS 05)” Super Audio CD transport mechanism
  • “Master Sound Discrete DAC” with internally developed 64-bit/512Fs ΔΣ modulator
  • Newly developed “Master Sound Discrete Clock for Digital Player” with built-in player
  • “ES-LINK Analog” output, a unique current transmission system that transmits all the energy of music with a great sense of presence
  • Esoteric-HCLD (High Current Line Driver), an enhanced output buffer circuit for current transmission that features a slew rate of 2000 V/µs
  • 3 transformer configuration; 2 independent high-capacity toroidal transformers for analog and digital systems, and one EI transformer for control system
  • Low-feedback discrete DC regulator power supply section
  • 10 MHz clock synchronization function with external master clock generator
  • Built-in MQA decoder supporting all digital input sources as well as MQA-CD
  • USB DAC compatible with DSD 22.5 MHz and asynchronous transmission
  • Extensive input/output terminals (192 kHz, DoP-compatible coaxial and optical digital inputs/XLR and coaxial digital outputs)
  • Digital filter selection for PCM playback and analog FIR filter selection for DSD playback
  • RS-232C for external control for IC market and DC trigger input for power on/off
  • Double-sided remote control to operate Esoteric amplifiers (RC-1333)

key specs

  • Analog Audio Outputs: Analog XLR/ES-LINK × 1, RCA × 1
  • Digital Audio Outputs: XLR × 1, RCA × 1
  • Digital Audio Inputs: USB × 1, RCA × 1, Optical × 1
  • 10 MHz clock input: BNC × 1
  • Frequency response: 5 Hz to 70 kHz (–3dB, SACD 0dB, DSDF: F2, XLR out)
  • Signal to noise ratio: 110dB (IHF-A, SACD 0dB, DSDF: F2, XLR out)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.0007% (1kHz, SACD 0dB, DSDF: F2, XLR Out)
  • Overall dimensions (width × height × depth): 445mm × 161mm × 357mm
  • Weight: 20.7kg