GRANDIOSO P1X Super Audio CD Transport

    The Overview

    The Greek god Atlas held the skies on his shoulders
    as he stood at the center of the heavens.
    This peerless new Esoteric system has been designed from
    the ground up to showcase two unique innovations;
    a completely new VRDS-ATLAS transport and new
    in-house designed discreet DAC circuitry.
    These unparalleled flagship products, the latest to carry
    the 'Grandioso'* name, now stands at the center of
    future exaltation in the audio experience.

The Features


VRDS Technology

 VRDS (Vibration-Free Rigid Disc-Clamping System) is Esoteric's unique CD/Super Audio CD transport technology, which has been specially designed to clamp the disc to a same-diameter turntable in order to eliminate the disc's rotational vibration, as well as any extraneous vibration emanating from the mechanism itself. It also corrects any warpage of the disc dramatically improving the accuracy of both the optical pickup and the disc pit layer's corresponding optical axis while also minimizing servo current. This all adds up to dramatically reduced disc read error for exceptional audio quality.


 It has been 16 years since the VRDS-NEO Super Audio CD transport mechanism first debuted in 2003. Improving on the NEO transport posed a difficult challenge, as it had long been praised as offering the highest audio reproduction performance in the industry. However, the design was totally reengineered from the ground up, resulting in a completely new platform that boasts unparalleled levels of structural refinement and audio fidelity.


The Highest Rigidity and Heaviest Construction in the History of VRDS

 ATLAS boasts the highest rigidity and weight in the history of VRDS mechanisms.
With its larger new SS400 steel side panels and bridge, the ATLAS is 27% heavier (6.6kg mechanism unit, 13.5kg including base) than the NEO, achieving both exceptional rigidity and impressive tone. It also dampens any and all vibration that might adversely affect audio quality. The turntable is machined from solid duralumin for excellent audio quality, and its spindle features a newly designed thrust bearing system. This friction-free one-point spindle support system ensures smooth, noiseless turntable rotation.

Wide & Low Center-of-Gravity Design

 One of the keys to achieving the quietest mechanism in VRDS history is mechanical grounding technology that efficiently dampens vibration. By adopting a wide and low profile for the mechanism's design, the entire construction now features a low center of gravity. The turntable's drive system has also been refined and its motor moved to below the turntable from its previous position above the bridge, thus shortening the route for grounding vibration and greatly reducing mechanical noise.


Elegant Tray Mechanism Operation

 The tray's form has been designed for the least possible resonance by minimizing hollowing, and boasts exceptionally smooth opening and closing operation with very little play. The use of special vibration-damping elastomer resin also further minimizes tray resonance during music playback.

ES-LINK5 Digital Transmission (P1X/D1X)

 Esoteric's own ES-LINK digital interface utilizes HDMI cables for signal transmission. With the introduction of the P1X/D1X, ES-LINK has been further upgraded to Ver. 5 and supports an even wider range of superior sound quality formats (Max. 22.5MHz DSD and 768kHz/48-bit PCM). HDMI's multi-conductor structure permits full balance transmission of audio data and LR clock and bit clock signals.
This differs from regular digital transmission as signal modulation is not required on the sender side and demodulation processing is not required on the receiver side, thus dramatically reducing digital processing loads on the DAC side and enabling ideal digital transmission.

Dual-Chassis Construction with Separate Power Supply

 The P1X's power supply, as a fundamental source of vibration, has from its very first iteration been designed and constructed as a separate yet integral unit in order to achieve the quietest possible disc read characteristics and higher audio quality.


Four Independent Toroidal Power Supply Transformers

 The power supply incorporates a total of four independent toroidal transformers, which provide each circuit with a clean and powerful supply of electricity.

The Specs

Playable Disc Types
Super Audio CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Digital Output
XLR x 2 (During Dual AES output, one connector each for left and right channels of a stereo pair)
RCA x 1
Clock Input
BNC x 1
Input impedance 50Ω
Input frequency 10MHz (±10ppm)
Input level ± sine wave, 0.5 – 1.0Vrms
Power supply AC 220-240V, 50/60Hz
AC 120V, 60Hz
AC 220V, 60Hz
Power consumption 20W
External dimensions
(W x H x D,
Including protrusions)
Main unit: 445 x 162 x 449 mm (17 5/8 x 6 1/2 x 17 3/4″)
Power supply: 445 x 132 x 452 mm (17 5/8 x 5 1/4 x 17 7/8″)
Weight Main unit: 29 kg (64 lbs)
Power supply: 24 kg (53 lbs)
Included Accessories Power cord x 1, DC power connection cords x 2, HDMI cable x 1, Remote control (RC-1315) x 1, Batteries for remote control (AAA) x 2, Felt pads x 8, Owner's manual x 1, Warranty card x 1
- This product is available in three different power supply variations shown in the specification section above. Make sure that the voltage shown on the rear panel matches the AC line voltage in your area.
- The shape of the AC inlet and plug of the supplied power cord depends on the voltage rating and destination country.