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Price: $799 Item Condition: Very Good Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Pickup available and you can audition. Suburb or Town: WANNEROO WA State: Western Australia Payment Method: PayPal, EFT, Cash on Pickup Reason for selling: Have 30 CD Players and another Esoteric P-700 Further information:
This unit is a well known transport featuring VRDS CD clamping and KSS-151A magnetic drive, friction-less laser mechanism.
Additionally, it has been modified to be controlled by Deltec Deltran DAC which injects its clock and synchs the two together.
Second picture shows the Toslink cable that brings the clock signal to the transport.
Naturally, this transport can be used standalone, just like any other transport and with any other DAC.
Last 3 pictures show the mod - the black box which houses high stability XTAL used when player works standalone on its own and interface with the main board.
Below is the info I received from UK owner of such transport/DAC setup:
"I have one of these P-500 the extra circuitry is a DELTRAN mod. The optical lead plugs into a stock DELTEC DAC and the DAC takes over the control of the Transport, giving a noticeable improvement in clarity, image and definition, moving the P-500 into another class.
The Deltec Dac I have is called the Bigger Bit it has a port marked Deltran and a on/off toggle switch (not to be activated when the mains are on).
So you can compare with/without Deltran mod. My Dac is working fine since 1993 so it is very reliable. All surface mount components.
The Master clock resides in the DAC so it doesn't have to interpret what the transport is doing and hence the signal is processed without interpretive time errors when it reaches the DAC.
This mod cost £395 in 1993 and P-500 Transport £650. I think I paid less for Mod in Australia.
It says in addition it appears to bring out the near-analogue warmth that has been lacking in Deltec converters. I have a full range system majoring in Vinyl and I consider the CD replay excellent."
And here is a link to the uTube video where you can see it in action and being put through the paces.
It reads tracks with interruption in data layer of 1.5mm and black lines painted on the surface of over 2mm (the Red Book standard is 0.9mm)
Solaris Technial uTube channel - Esoteric P-500 with Deltec Deltran mod
Item: Esoteric C-03X pre amplifier with HT bypass
Item condition: Spotless
Reason for selling: NLR
Payment Method: Cash is king
Extra Info: I honestly can't fault this thing.
The best pre I've ever owned and had in my system..
Leather bound remote included as is the original packaging.
New replacement model is $15,000.
Around 22kg out of the box, built like a tank.
Photos: To come.
Item: Esoteric X-03se
Location: Black Rock
Item Condition: Excellent condition - 8/10 on Audiogon scale
Reason for selling: Moving house and re-configuring equipment
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
Extra Info: Used as transport for Concert Fidelity DAC (also for sale). Hardly used in past 5 years. All boxes manuals etc.
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Item: COCKTAIL AUDIO X50D + 2 x 2TB WD Black HDD's
Location: Melbourne (Bayside)
Price: $2,275 ONO
Item Condition: Spanking
Reason for selling: Upgrade
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Only
Extra Info: To be honest this is a fantastic piece of Audio Equipment. Its one of the best all rounders I've ever owned! it does everything - Ripper, Streamer, Storage, SERVER, Transport, CD Player, Video Output....Full Specs are below. Any reasonable offer accepted. Selling due to upgrade.
Most versatile and powerful Pure Digital Music Server with database, CD Ripper, Network Streamer and much more
Features of Hardware and Engineering Equipped with high-performance Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1.0Ghz XMOS 32bit/500MIPS 8 Core Powerful Microcontroller DDR-1066 1GByte Main Memory and 8GByte Nand Flash Memory High speed optical disk drive for quick CD ripping 7 inch TFT LCD(1024 x 600 pixels) screen for intuitive GUI DAB+/FM Tuner built-in USB Audio Class 2.0 Output for connecting to an USB Digital-to-Analogue Converter(DAC) I²S Digital Out(RJ45 & HDMI) to support up to Native DSD including 24bit/192Khz Giga Fast Ethernet(10/100/1000Mbps) built-in Support up to 8TB(Tera Bytes) storage like 3.5"/2.5" hard disk or SSD Using RAID System function, total 16TB storage configuration is possible HDMI Out connector for using an external screen like TV as its GUI screen Rugged chassis construction with full aluminum body chassis by CNC cutting Versatile Software functionalities and usage Support various file formats like MQA, DSD(64/128/256), DXD(24Bit/352.8Khz), including 24Bit/192Khz WAV/FLAC and full range hi-res audio file formats CD Ripping with professional CD metadata and album cover art provided by Gracenote Make your own digital music file collection of DAB+/FM radio and Internet radio to X50D MusicDB via its recording function with hi-res sampling rate 24bit/192Khz High Connectivity Various network protocol supported(UPnP(DLNA) Server/Client/Media Renderer, Samba Server/Client, FTP Server,Web Server, etc Major Music Streaming Services(TIDAL, TIDAL MQA, Deezer, Qobuz, Napster, Spotify Connect) and Internet Radio(Airable) available Customized Remote Control App, NOVATRON MusicX for iOS and Android Customized WebInterface(WebUI) for remote control and MusicDB management by PC Support 'Roon Ready', which is the famous Music Player for Music Lovers High Performance System Resources and custom-designed software
Based on Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 main processor running at 1.0GHz, additional 32Bit/500MIPS Microcontroller and custom-designed smart software, the X50D will satisfy highend audiophiles and all music lovers with great performance and versatile features
Wonderful Sound Quality created by in-house circuit design know-how and qualified components
Our all experiences, know-how and technoligies for digital circuit design accumlated for long period and qualified components are applied completely to the X50D to deliver great sound to music lovers
XMOS 32Bit/500MIPS 8 Core Powerful Microcontroller
X50D can support up to Native DSD256 via its I²S Digital Output(RJ45 & HDMI) for highend audiophiles who have already a nice DAC which has I²S Digital Input
DAB+ Tuner and FM Radio Tuner
For high quality digital radio and traditional FM Radio, X50D offers DAB+ tuner and FM tuner
High Quality Digital Out Terminal
Two Coaxial Out, Toslink and AES/EBU XRL are available to let users make perfect audio component system by connecting to various external devices
USB Audio Class 2.0 Output
For music lovers and audiophiles who have already nice USB DAC, the USB Audio Out solution will be very useful
12V Trigger Out and In
You could use 12V Trigger Out/In to trigger(on/off ) a connected device like amplifier
Via this Word Clock Out, X50D will send out the sample rate signal of currently playing file
Two High Speed USB3.0 Host Ports
For quick data transfer purpose, X50D offers two(2) high speed USB3.0 Host ports at rear side
HDMI for bigger external screen or Audio out
Via this HDMI out, users may connect to bigger external screen for GUI, or connect to an audio devices which have HDMI input
RAID System with Two Storage Deck for Music Server
X50D offers two storage decks which accept 3.5"/2.5" SATA hard disk and Solid State Drive(SSD). According to users' purpose, they can setup RAID system easily. X50D offers three(3) kinds of RAID mode such as Mirror, Stripe and Big
CD Ripping with Gracenote CD metadata and Album cover art
Load all your CD collection onto the X50D Music Database in FLAC, ALAC, WAV or MP3 file format with professional CD metadata and album cover art from Gracenote
Music Database function
The X50D has a well-organized Music Database built-in, which offers very nice and convenient functions like SEARCH, display by text or cover art, SORT, various View, etc
X50D has digital inputs(Toslink & Coaxial) for connecting to external source devices. You can make your own digital music collection by X50D's recording function
Recording with 192Khz hi-res sampling rate
The X50D offers a recording function for internet radio, DAB+/FM radio and Digital Inputs. You can make your own digital music collection with wonderful sound
Auto/Manual Cutting for the recorded files
Auto/Manual cutting function to edit the recorded files is available at the X50D. You can easily edit files and import them into X50D Music Database
Versatile Networking and Remote Control with a Customized App
Connect the X50D to your network for streaming music to and from other devices, listen to cloud based music services and control remotely using mobile devices with our customized remote control app, NOVATRON MusicX or WebInterface
Control remotely by mobile devices with customized Remote Control App, NOVATRON MusicX app
Major Music Streaming Services integrated
You can access tens of thousands of internet radio stations and online music services like TIDAL, Deezer, Napster and Qobuz including Spotify Connect function
Control remotely by PC with WebInterface
Control the X50D remotely by your PC with its nice WebInterface function
Support various network protocols like UPnP Server/Client/Renderer, Samba Server/Client
Stream songs to and from other compatible devices in the same network
AirPlay and Spotify Connect
You can play songs from iOS devices and musics from Spotify via X50D wirelessly
Control X50D by Roon
As X50D supports 'Roon Ready', you can control X50D with Roon, which is great music player for music loves
7 inch TFT LCD Screen for Intuitive GUI and HDMI Out for external screen
7 inch big screen will let you control the X50D easily with intuitive GUI, and connect it to your TV for an external screen to view bigger GUI or a slideshow of photos while listening to your music collection
DAB+/FM Radio Tuner built-in
Enjoy high quality digital radio via DAB+ Tuner, and record any song or broadcast with high quality sound
High Connectivity for various external devices
2 x USB3.0 host at rear and 1 x USB2.0 host GigaFast Ethernet LAN HDMI Out for external screen or Audio out USB Audio Class2.0 Output Digital Outputs(2 x I²S, 1 x Word Clock, 2 x Coaxial, 1 x Toslink, 1 x AES/EBU XRL, 1 x HDMI) Digital Inputs(1 x Coaxial, 1 x Toslink) And more..... Two(2) Storage Decks for Music Server
3.5"/2.5" SATA hard disk and Solid State Drive(SSD) is accepted to the X50D, which supports up to 8TB capacity of individual storage. X50D offers RAID System configuration. According to users' purpose, they can setup RAID system easily by themselves. It offers three(3) kinds of RAID mode such as Mirror, Stripe and Big
Rugged and durable casing with full aluminum CNC cutting
The X50D front panel is based on 13mm thickness aluminum with CNC cutting, and whole body also is based on full aluminum CNC cutting. The die-cast aluminum feet provide rigidity along with additional resistance from external vibration.
Model name cocktailAudio X50(D) Host CPU & Memory CPU: Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 running at 1.0GHz Main Memory: DDR-1066 1GByte NAND Flash 8GByte CD Player Type Front Loading Supported media CD, CD-DA, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R/RW Display 7.0" TFT LCD(1,024 x 600pixels)(* able to connect to ext. screen via HDMI out) Interface Key & Jog(Volume/Scroll), IR Remote Control, Customized Remote App for iOS and
Android devices, Web Interface Digital out
(Variable/Fixed) COAXIAL x 2 S/PDIF 75ohm RCA, Sample rate: up to 24bit/192KHz TOSLINK x 1 S/PDIF, Sample rate: up to 24bit/192KHz AES/EBU/XRL x 1 110ohm, Sample rate: up to 24bit/192KHz I²S Out x 2 RJ45 Native DSD, DoP, PCM up to 24bit/192Khz HDMI Native DSD, DoP, PCM up to 24bit/192Khz USB Audio x 1 USB Audio Class 2.0 Out(supported up to DSD256) HDMI Out x 1 HDMI Audio Out(*Shared with HDMI Out for external screen) Word Clock Out up to 192KHz Digital Input
(For X50D only) COAXIAL x 1 Sample Rate up to 24bit/192Khz TOSLINK x 1 Sample Rate up to 24bit/192Khz Supported Storage Hard Disk 2.5" SATA, up to 8TB * Two(2) Storage Decks
* RAID System for two storages
(3 modes: Mirror, Stripe or Big) 3.5" SATA, up to 8TB SSD 2.5" SATA, up to 8TB Tuner DAB+/FM DAB+/FM Tuner built-in(Selectable for DAB/DAB+ or FM Radio) Connectivity USB Host USB3.0(5V/1A) x 2 at rear
USB2.0(5V/1A) x 1 at front Network Wired Giga Fast Ethernet(10/100/1000Mbs) Wireless(Option) ※ 802.11b/g/n WiFi USB dongle(Option) 12V Trigger Out Max 200mA, 12V In Max 12V HDMI Out Connect to external screen(* Shared with HDMI Audio Out) Codec
& Format supported MQA, DSD(DSD64, DSD128, DSD256), DXD(24Bit/352.8Khz),
HD WAV(24Bit/192KHz), HD FLAC(24Bit/192KHz), APE/CUE, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, AIF, AAC, M4A, MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, PCM, M3U, PLS, CAF, etc Network Protocols
Supported UPnP(DLNA) Server/Client/Media Renderer, Samba Server/Client, FTP Server,
Web Server, etc Internet
Services Internet Radio Airable Online Music Services TIDAL, Deezer, Qobuz, Spotify Connect Supported OSD languages English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean(To be added by request) Power Source AC110 - 240V / 50 - 60Hz Free Voltage Mechanical Material Front 13mm thickness aluminum by CNC cutting Knob Aluminum by CNC cutting Body Full aluminum by CNC cutting Dimension Without foot 441mm(W) x 330mm(D) x 80mm(H) With foot 441mm(W) x 330mm(D) x 100mm(H) Certificate CE, FCC, EMI, etc
Silver in Colour - Special Factory order....Full Australia Power Supply compatible - This is NOT a US import.
Original BOX and Papers.
Additional Wireless USB Network Adaptor Included.
NON Smoking and Pet Free Home.
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Item: Esoteric P-03 transport / Esoteric D-03 Da
Price: 11k Au Including delivery Aus Wide ( new almost $50,000 Aus at time of manufacture) Possibly the best int he world on release.
Item Condition:totally mint- NEW LASER -REPLACED BY ESOTERIC AGENT IN AUCKLAND A YEAR AGO WHEN OWNED BY SNA MEMBER ANDREW P and cost $2000, Transport just serviced by Rockeater.
Reason for selling: Looking at Options, Juggling ideas at the moment with entire system.
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Pick up /Delivery etc
Extra Info: SO MANY REVIEWS online for these very talented units
Both units in pristine condition in all,original factory packing. Sold as a pair. Stunning reviews online. Thanks for looking.
Conclusion and a few quotes.
The Esoteric P-03 and D-03 combination are simply state of the art, both in picture and in sound quality. I was shocked at how good 480p video from DVD could look. For the music lover, the Esoteric pair delivers world-class sound quality from CD, SACD, and DVD-Audio. Indeed, it is among the best digital playback I’ve heard, regardless or price. Moreover, the interior build quality and chassis metalwork are drop-dead gorgeous. These are among the most lavishly designed and executed products I’ve encountered in 17 years of reviewing high-end audio gear.
Can any “DVD player” be worth thirty grand? Experience the Esoteric P-03 and D-03 for yourself and you just might be surprised by your answer.
Very few products can lay claim to being unquestionably the best in the world. In any field there are always several candidates for the stateof- the-art, with experts disagreeing based on personal preference or varying perspectives. Heck, even Ferrari has competition.
One product, however, that has no peer is the vibration-free rigid disc-clamping mechanism (VRDS) found in disc players from Esoteric, the high-end division of Teac. Although all players have a transport mechanism to spin the disc and read the data encoded on it, the similarity between the flimsy plastic mechanisms of mass-market machines and VRDS ends there.
The Esoteric VRDS Neo mechanism, used in the P-03 Universal Transport reviewed here, is a tour de force in mechanical design and manufacturing. The massive machined assembly has one purpose—to read information from the disc with the highest precision possible (see sidebar for details). The P-03 is a truly universal device, compatible with CD, DVDVideo, DVD-Audio, and SACD (SACD and DVD-A in 2-channel mode). Note, however, that the P-03 is a transport, not a disc player. This means it has no integral digitalto- analog converters; you must convert the P-03’s digital output to analog in you’re A/V controller (or receiver), or with a standalone digital-to-analog converter, such as Esoteric’s D-03, also reviewed here.
There are many compelling reasons to think of the P-03 universal transport and D-03 digital-to-analog converter as one product in two chassis. The two create a synergy, allowing each product to fully realize its potential. For example, the D-03 digitalto- analog converter outputs a precision clock to which the transport is slaved. This technique greatly reduces clock jitter (timing errors in the conversion of digital data to an analog waveform) as a source of sonic degradation.
The P-03/D-03 pair has, in my experience, the most sophisticated technology and feature-set for playing CD and high-resolution discs. The combination offers upsampling of standard-resolution audio (CD), along with a variety of ways to convert digital bits into music.
Type: SACD/CD transport
Formats supported: SACD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Digital Audio Output: i.Link output x 2, XLR x2, RCA coaxial x 1
Word Clock: BNC x1
Freq. accepted: 44.1kHz, 88.2kHz, 100kHz,176.4kHz (rectangular wave)
Dimensions (HxWxD): 158x445x420mm
Weight: 30 kg
D-03 D/A CONVERTER
Type: D/A Converter
Digital Inputs: i.Link terminal, 6-pin x2, XLRx2 (Dual AES output), RCA x2, Optical x1,
USB and Wireless-coming soon
Analogue outputs: XLR, RCA
Word Clock input/output: BNC
Word Clock Frequency: 44.1, 88.2, 176.4, 48, 96, 192, 100 (kHz)
Dimensions (HxWxD): 108x445x420mm
Interconnects: Not supplied. Both digital XLR and BNC word sync cables must be