$11,000.00 inc. GST
The Esoteric K-05XS Super Audio CD player is the core model in the K series, following the legendary K-01 and K-03 players. The first version of the K-05 was launched in 2011, and in 2015 this evolved into the K-05X. The K-05X instantly became a top seller because of features such as the VRDS-NEO Super Audio CD transport mechanism. This mechanism uses a unique construction that enables it to provide an outstanding level of musical performance, which is why it was adopted by a number of other world-famous high-end audio makers. In its third-generation form, the K-05Xs, incorporates the best qualities of Esoteric’s flagship model, the Grandioso K1. It combines established class-leading features, such as the VRDS-NEO (VMK-5) mechanism and a high-rigidity aluminium chassis, with the latest K1 DAC platform employing a new dual-mono D/A converter, high current output buffer amplifiers and a new power supply.
In addition to playing back a digital audio source at the original sample rate, the K-05Xs can upsample PCM signals to 2x, 4x, 8x and 16x (maximum 768kHz). It can also convert a PCM source to DSD 512 (22.5MHz). A DSD filter may be switched in according to preference.
Three digital inputs (USB, coaxial, and optical) enable connection to a wide range of systems. Coaxial and optical inputs support DSD 2.8 MHz (DoP) input and PCM of up to 192 kHz/24-bit.
Whilst the internal VCXO-based clock provides a very high-quality clock signal, the audio performance of the K-05Xs can be further improved by connecting it to a high-precision master clock generator such as the G-02X. This can be used when playing discs, or when receiving digital audio data via the USB interface.
The analog audio output can be switched between ES-LINK Analog, RCA, and XLR. Hot 2 or Hot 3 XLR pin assignments can also be selected. Loss in audio quality is eliminated with a non-contact system by performing phase inversion in the digital domain.
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.
Esoteric K-05XS Specs:
|Playable disc types||Super Audio CD, CD (including CD-R and CD-RW)|
|Analog audio outputs|
|XLR/ESL-A||1 pair (L/R)|
|Maximum output level||5.0Vrms (1kHz, 10kΩ loaded)|
|RCA||1 pair (L/R)|
|Maximum output level||2.5Vrms (1kHz, 10kΩ loaded)|
|Digital audio outputs|
|Digital audio inputs|
|USB B||1 (USB2.0 standard)|
|Frequencies that can be input (±15ppm)||44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 10MHz, 22.5792MHz, 24.576MHz|
|Rectangle wave||equivalent to TTL levels|
|Sine wave||0.5 to 1.0Vrms|
|AC 220 to 240V. 50/60Hz|
|AC 120V. 60Hz|
|AC 230V. 50Hz|
|External dimensions (W×H×D)||445 × 132 × 357mm
17-⅝” × 5-¼” × 14-⅛” (including protrusions)
|Weight||15.1kg / 33-⅜ lb|