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esoteric grandioso k1x

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Available preowned for £12k, or perhaps that's the original K01x, and that was 20k new
..... £38,700 for the gold version :cool:
i think that may be the k01x but staggering prices all the same.

would love to hear one though hooked up to a pair of (atc ?) active speakers and then compare the difference to a cheaper "entry level" cd player...
 

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must be billions of CDs still in use
Yes I would imagine so. I guess there is life in the format yet.
Although the current generation I believe will for the most part abandon a physical format ( I hope not) .
My feeling comes from the fact that I still buy records and it is notable that the high prices of many albums correspond with records released during the 'youth years' of middle -aged buyers. There are exceptions naturally.
Hard to see the hi fi industry as we know it continuing making products such as the esoteric in the future.
 
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the esoteric grandioso k1x...

it weighs 35 kilos...

it costs £36,000...

and some say cd is dead !

I think audiophile mentality in Japan is quite unique, yes, download obviously is the mainstream in the world today, however there is that satisfactory feeling about owning a physical item like vinyl and CD etc, just imagine everything becomes digitalised in the future, what do we need the furniture for other than sitting in the lounge?
I have owned Esoteric SA50 CD/SACD for over 10 years, it has never failed, built like a tank, in fact I personally feel the DAC in Esoteric sounds more musical than the DAC my new Moon 240i integrated, than again, it's very hard to describe musical as a personal perception.
K1X seems like a monster though.
Andy
 

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I think audiophile mentality in Japan is quite unique, yes, download obviously is the mainstream in the world today, however there is that satisfactory feeling about owning a physical item like vinyl and CD etc, just imagine everything becomes digitalised in the future, what do we need the furniture for other than sitting in the lounge?
I have owned Esoteric SA50 CD/SACD for over 10 years, it has never failed, built like a tank, in fact I personally feel the DAC in Esoteric sounds more musical than the DAC my new Moon 240i integrated, than again, it's very hard to describe musical as a personal perception.
K1X seems like a monster though.
Andy
i have never downloaded anything and only buy cds. the esoteric products look and, i bet, sound as good as it gets but at that price they should !
 

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Vilvadi 4 box biased as a Bartok owner
dcs bartok, 10K, lucky you !

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