New Esoteric K-05XD SACD/CD Player.


The Esoteric K-05XD inherits the philosophy of the historic K-05 series, but has been completely redesigned as a Super Audio CD player completely different from the previous 05 models by completely revamping the design platform. The VRDS-ATLAS transport mechanism "ATLAS 05" is designed exclusively for this model, and the DAC section is a discrete circuit with "Master Sound Discrete DAC" to further refine the music reproduction capability.


The Master Sound Discrete Clock for Digital Player, a unique discrete clock circuit for built-in players, incorporates the development results of the master clock Grandioso G1X.  The chassis that houses the upgraded ATLAS mechanism, larger circuit blocks, and power supply section is double-layered inside and larger in size. The elegant appearance of this model, which is even closer to the higher-end models, subtly asserts the richness of its content, which is worthy of being called a major innovation. Enjoy the blissful sound of the K-05XD, which is the result of an encounter between the lineage of a famous machine that has captivated music lovers and new technology.

Key Features
  • Newly developed "VRDS-ATLAS (ATLAS 05)" Super Audio CD transport mechanism
  • "Master Sound Discrete DAC" with in-house developed 64bit/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 the music with a sense of presence
  • Esoteric-HCLD (High Current Line Driver), a current transmission-enhanced output buffer circuit boasting a slew rate of 2,000 V/µs
  • 3-transformer configuration; 2 independent large-capacity toroidal transformers for analog and digital systems, and an EI transformer for control system
  • Power supply section with low feedback discrete DC regulator
  • 10MHz clock sync function with external master clock generator
  • Built-in MQA decoder supporting all digital input sources as well as MQA-CDs
  • USB DAC supporting DSD 22.5MHz 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 CI market, and DC trigger input for power ON/OFF
  • Double-face remote control to operate Esoteric amplifiers (RC-1333)

Key Specifications
  • Analog Audio Outputs: XLR/ES-LINK Analog × 1, RCA × 1
  • Digital Audio Outputs: XLR × 1, RCA × 1
  • Digital Audio Inputs: USB × 1, RCA × 1, Optical × 1
  • 10MHz Clock Input: BNC × 1
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz to 70kHz (–3dB, SACD 0dB, DSDF: F2, XLR output)
  • S/N ratio: 110dB (IHF-A , SACD 0dB, DSDF: F2, XLR output)
  • Total harmonic distortion: 0.0007% (1kHz , SACD 0dB, DSDF: F2, XLR output)
  • Overall Dimensions (W×H×D): 445mm × 161mm × 357mm
  • Weight: 20.7kg