As a step up from the X-05, the X-03SE provides high quality 2ch audio output for SACD/CD reproduction. The X-03SE is the first ESOTERIC "X" series player that uses a die-cast aluminum and steel VRDS assembly. Specifically designed for the 2 channel audiophile, the X-03SE represents an evolutionary path from the X-01 family. The X-03SE includes an iLINK audio output connector for multi-channel SACD in the digital domain!
2008, 2007 and 2006 - X-03/X-03SE
The Absolute Sound "Editor's Choice Awards"
"Blue Moon" award winner 2006 - www.6moons.com
To further improve the quality of analog audio reconstruction on the DAC circuit board, the X-03SE employs a specially designed DAC transformer to remove all noise generated from the transport mechanism and digital circuitry. This structure enables a completely pure audio signal. Burr-Brown 1704 24-bit DACs are used as the audio decoders on all channels. To further improve the purity of the sound, a two-chip-per-channel differential configuration is used on the front L/R channels for improved linearity and common noise rejection. The X-03SE employs a crystal oscillator accurate to +/- 3 ppm. It is placed directly on the audio DAC board to suppress jitter, helping to ensure highly precise D/A conversion.