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Old 08-22-2012, 08:50 AM
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Hello eelii

Well it seems the seller has relisted the TAD CR-1s today and lowered the price to boot!

I found the Rhubidum clock did make a very respectable difference to the P03/D03, sound stage depth was noticeably improve both in depth and width, spatial awareness also received a good lift along with deeper, tighter and more articulate bass.

I would add a caveat to this, a good friend of mine also used the previous incarnation of the Esoteric's I did loan him the clock, and he felt the difference was minimal, until he changed his speakers from Sonus Faber Stradivari Homage to the Focal Utopia Maestro’s

I was never entirely happy with the D-03, the Analogue devices AD1955 dac chip has never been a firm favourite with myself, though Esoteric's implementation wasn't a bad effort by any means.

The 02 variants, use the (imho) the more natural and realistic AKM 4399 chipsets in a dual, dual differential configuration. Superb outright resolution and texture, grain free digital too.

Currently I feel they offer some of the best digital reproduction available if you are seeking the absolute in realism.

They are not to everyone liking in fairness, a few of my friends find them a little too close to mark in reproducing music, and it upsets the perceptions of music they have been listening to for a number of years.

One issue I have with Esoteric is running / break in time, the transport took around 600 hours before it showed signs of delivering the performance it was really capable of.

What are the main differences have you found between the older 03 and your current combination eelii
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Last edited by Masterlu; 08-22-2012 at 10:47 AM. Reason: No links to eBay or A-gon permitted.
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