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Esoteric K-05XD K Series SACD/CD Player

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Esoteric K-05XD K Series SACD/CD Player


Uncompromising quality refined with flagship technology. Beautiful styling. High-quality sound worthy of the term “high-end”.

The core model of ESOTERIC Super Audio CD players, the K-05, is finally available in an XD edition. The design platform is completely revamped and now features VRDS-ATLAS and Master Sound Discrete DAC / Clock circuitry. This is an arrival of a completely new Super Audio CD player.

The first K-05 model was introduced in 2011, evolved into the K-05X in 2015, and K-05Xs in 2018. It has become the best-selling model at the heart of the ESOTERIC K Series. The K-05XD inherits the philosophy of the historic K-05 series but is totally redesigned as a Super Audio CD player; completely different from the previous 05 models by way of revamping it with an all-new design platform.

A new VRDS-ATLAS transport mechanism "ATLAS 05" is designed exclusively for this model, and the DAC section employs a discrete circuit with the "Master Sound Discrete DAC" to further refine the music reproduction capability.

The VRDS-NEO Super Audio CD transport mechanism, which has been adopted by some of the world’s most prominent brands, and its superior performance, which inherits the technical essence of the flagship models of the day, have has been highly acclaimed and have won numerous audio awards worldwide.

Incorporating the fruits of our labor resulting from the development of the Grandioso G1X master clock generator, a unique discrete clock circuit for built-in players,
the "Master Sound Discrete Clock for Digital Player" is employed. An enlarged double-layer chassis accommodates the upgraded ATLAS mechanism, each larger circuit block, and the power supply section, while it’s the elegant appearance of the K-05XD, – which is even closer now to the upper models, – subtly asserts the richness of its content, worthy of being called a major innovation.

A wide variety of tones that expressively portray the details of music has been achieved,
while acquiring the flexibility to adapt to a truly diverse range of genres from silky
smooth arias to edgy rock. The lineage of the legendary models fascinating music lovers, and blissful sound brought by an encounter with new technology, the K-05XD invites you to enjoy it to the fullest.


Analog audio outputs     
XLR/ES-LINK Analog     × 1 pair
RCA     × 1 pair
Digital audio outputs     
XLR     × 1
RCA     × 1
Digital audio inputs     
USB     × 1
RCA     × 1
Optical     × 1
10MHz Clock input     
BNC     × 1
External control section     
RS-232C     × 1
Trigger In     ⅛” (3.5mm) Monaural mini jack × 1

      AC 120V, 60Hz
      AC 220-240V, 50Hz
Overall dimensions (W×H×D)     445 × 161 × 357mm (including protrusions)
Weight     20.7kg

Audio Performance
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)