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Esoteric K-03X Super Audio CD/CD Player

code: TEACK-03X
£11,000.00 (FREE UK Delivery)
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Sound With Pedigree

The K-03X all-in-one player is designed to offer as much of the stellar performance provided by the K-01X as possible. Using the same design philosophy as the K-01X, it also derives its leading technology from this model. Its VRDS-NEO VMK-3.5-10 drive mechanism now incorporates Esoteric's advanced VS-DD servo driver for even smoother spindle operation. Its dual mono DAC, also found in the K-01X, is configured with 4 individual converter circuits operating in parallel and summed to optimize linearity and minimize noise. It also employs Esoteric's innovative 34-bit D/A processing algorithm.

With a pedigree extending directly back to the Grandioso D1, the K-03X is clear in its stunning sound quality, ease of use and wide functionality, including such recent developments as its DSD compatible USB interface.

The USB input supports asynchronous transmission and rates up to 2.8/5.6 MHz DSD and 384 kHz/32-bit PCM. Esoteric's original PC driver software achieves outstanding playback of even studio-master-quality source files. DoP and ASIO 2.1 are also supported.

Originally developed for the Grandioso P1, the VRDS-NEO drive mechanism achieves ultimate levels of transport accuracy. Its high-precision turntable was specially designed to spin Super Audio CD/CD discs, radically improving reading accuracy by mechanically correcting for surface run-out. To provide a comparable level of precision, the K-03X is equipped with the VRDS-NEO VMK-3.5-10 drive, placing Esoteric's superlative music reproduction capabilities within reach of an even greater number of music lovers. The new addition of its VS-DD spindle servo driver further assures smoother high-precision servo control.

With its duralumin turntable and 10mm-thick turntable bridge, the unit's massive weight of 4.4kg (11.2kg including its highly rigid base) is proof of the drive’s robust construction. Other proven VRDS-NEO features include a high-flux-density magnet-driven coreless three-phase brushless spindle motor, high-precision thread feed control, and a shaft-sliding pickup that assures consistently perpendicular laser illumination.

The proprietary VS-DD spindle servo driver previously used only in Esoteric's top-end models is now made available to the K-03X. Its discrete three-channel amplifier circuitry optimizes the waveform of the current supplied to the motor for quieter and smoother spindle operation and high-precision servo control.

Due to the exceptional performance of its D/A converters, the K-03X offers a level of sound quality on a par with the K-01X in terms of clarity and musical presence. Its multiple DAC design philosophy, carried over from the Grandioso D1, allows extremely accurate digital to analog conversion. This is exemplified by the outstanding linearity and low distortion achieved by the arrangement of 4 individual DAC circuits operated in parallel in each channel. The K-03X uses the same AK4495S DAC chipset featured in both the Grandioso D1 and the K- 01X. To minimize noise, two large toroidal transformers supply power independently to the digital and analog circuits in each channel. The excellent channel separation and stereo imaging of the K-03X's converters provide listeners with a mesmerizing musical experience.

Technical Specifications:

Compatible Disc Types

  • Super Audio CD, CD (CD-R/CD-RW compatible)

Analog Audio Outputs

  • Connectors - XLR connector (2ch) ×1; RCA connector (2ch) ×1
  • Output impedance - XLR:40 Ohms ; RCA :10 Ohms
  • Maximum output level (1kHz, full-scale, into 10k Ohms) - XLR (Gain: 0 dB): 4.8VrmsRCA: 2.4Vrms
  • Frequency response - 5Hz to 40kHz (-3dB)
  • S/N ratio - 116dB
  • Total harmonic distortion - 0.001% (1kHz)

Digital Audio Output

  • XLR connector ×1 - 3 Vp-p (into 110 Ohms)

Digital Audio Input

  • Coaxial RCA connector x 1 - (input impedance 75 ohms)
  • Optical digital connector ×1 - -24.0 to -14.5dBm peak
  • USB-B connector - USB 2.0 / 192 kHz-24 bit async

Clock Sync Input Format

  • Connector - BNC
  • Input impedance - 75 Ohms
  • Input level - Rectangle wave: equivalent to TTL levels; Sine wave: 0.5 to 1.0 Vrms (50 to 75 Ohms)

General

  • Power supply - AC 230V, 50Hz ; AC 120V, 60Hz ; AC 220V, 60Hz
  • Power consumption - 25W
  • External dimensions (W x H x D, including protrusions) - 445 ×162 × 438mm (17 1/4 × 6 3/8 × 13 1/4in)
  • Weight - 28kg (61 3/4 lbs)

Included Accessories

  • Power cord set ×1 / Remote control (RC-1301) ×1 / Batteries for remote control (AA) × 2 / Felt pads × 3 / Owner’s manual × 1 / Warranty card × 1

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UK ORDERS:  We despatch the bulk of our UK mainland items on a 24 hour service – Free of Charge.  Free delivery also applies to the Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, the Scilly Isles, the Scottish highlands and Islands, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland but may take a day or so longer. Smaller items are delivered using Royal Mail recorded delivery or special delivery. Larger items are delivered using a courier service such as Interlink Express, DPD, UPS or DHL. 

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: We offer competitive rates which can be confirmed by email. Please just ask – we will need a full delivery address and telephone number. Smaller items are delivered using Royal Mail Small Packets Airmail with International Tracked and/or Signed depending on value of item and availability of the service. Larger International shipments are sent by insured and tracked services using DPD, DHL or UPS. If there are any delays due to specific customs regulations, etc, you will be contacted by Turntableworld or by the courier with a request for any further information required. Customs duties do not apply for shipments into any EU country (for a full list please refer to the EU Country List). Customs duties can apply for countries outside of the EU. Customers in these countries are responsible for all taxes and duties incurred when the items enter their country.

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