The Esoteric P-05X is a brand new transport that brings together all the knowledge built up by ESOTERIC during the 10 years since the original P-05 model was released. This model includes the world-renowned VRDS-NEO VMK-5 drive mechanism and its digital circuit and clock circuit adopt technology developed for the Grandioso P1 and P-02X. The luxurious power supply circuit with large toroidal transformers has been enhanced to obtain even higher audio quality. Functionality has also been upgraded with support for ES-LINK4 digital transmission. By following the same design principles as higher-end models, the chassis of the P-05X has been made more rigid and the exterior has evolved to emphasize an elegant round shape.
Esoteric P-05X Information:
VRDS-NEO [VMK-5] Transport
The unique VRDS-NEO VMK-5 transport mechanism featured in this new model incorporates a high-precision turntable that greatly improves reading accuracy by mechanically correcting for disc surface run-out. Its hybrid construction integrates precision-machined aluminium with polycarbonate to help minimize rotational inertia.
Formed of high-rigidity BMC (Bulk Molding Compound) and steel, the hybrid turntable bridge also makes a significant contribution to the suppression of rotational vibration and run-out. The transports spindle motor realizes further improvements in reading accuracy with an advanced servo control that uses rotation detection circuitry.
Axial Sliding Pick-up Designed to Prevent Optical Axis Tilting
The same axial sliding pick-up assembly, used in the flagship model Grandioso P1, is incorporated in the heart of the data acquisition section. As the lens moves, the laser optical axis is always positioned in a vertical direction, ensuring a highly accurate reading of the recorded material.
The exterior case is formed from thick aluminium panels, and its steel bottom plate is supported at three points on ESOTERIC’s exclusive pinpoint feet. Vibration transmission has also been effectively minimized by the high-precision laser slot processing used in manufacture of its rigid base.
The ES-LINK4 is ESOTERIC’s proprietary, super high speed, wide range, and extremely pure LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) digital interface. With this interface, most digital processing is done at the transport side and the three elements of the audio signal (audio data, LR clock, and bit clock signals) are separately transferred to the DAC in a differential mode, by utilizing the multi-conductor structure of the HDMI cable.
Since the signal is already pre-processed at the transport side and is transferred without bi-phase modulation, a digital de-coding/oversampling process is not required on the signal receiver side. The DAC is simply dedicated to D to A processing and retrieves a purer analog signal from transferred digital streams.
The P-05X has a pair of new ES-LINK4 HDMI ports, dual XLR connectors that maintain compatibility with earlier versions of ES-LINK, and a coaxial digital output.
A BNC cable connects the D-05X to the P-05X to provide a master clock sync signal for synchronized playback with minimized jitter. ESOTERIC’s proprietary Direct Master Clock Link* synchronizes the two units while eliminating the need for Phase-Locked Loop (PLL), enabling clear and accurate stereo imaging and crisp sound quality. The system can be further upgraded with the addition of an optional high-accuracy external Master Clock Generator and supports a wide range of frequencies including master clocks (22MHz/10MHz) and word clocks (44.1kHz/88.2kHz/176.4kHz).
*DMCL (Direct Master Clock Link): DMCL links the D-05X to the P-05X with a 22.5792MHz reference clock signal that causes the two units to function as a single integrated device. Compared to normal ‘sync’ systems, which generally require PLL (Phase Lock Loop) processing of the transmitted clock signal, DMCL provides simpler and more direct clocking between multiple devices.
|Playable disc types||Super Audio CD, CD (including CD-R/CD-RW)|
|Digital audio outputs|
|ES-LINK||1 (L:1 / R:1)|
|XLR||2 During Dual AES connection, one connector each is used for the left and right channels (Lch and Rch).|
|WORD IN||equivalent to TTL level|
|10MHz IN||Sine wave 0.5 to 1.0Vrms|
|Frequencies that can be input||44.1k, 88.2k, 176.4kHz, 10MHz, 22.5792MHz|
|Input Frequency Range||±10ppm|
|AC 220 – 230V, 50/60Hz|
|AC 120V, 60Hz|
|AC 220V, 60Hz|
|External dimensions (W×H×D)||445 × 131 × 359mm
17-⅝” × 5-¼” × 14-¼” (including protrusions)
|Weight||13.5kg / 29-⅞ lb|