Awarded Product of The Year 2009 from The Absolute Sound. ESOTERIC's X-05 SACD/CD disc player (Available in silver or black), is a recent additon to our highly acclaimed "X" series. The X-05 includes Esoteric's new VRDS-Neo/VMK-5 transport mechanism. This new transport expands the VRDS family and is optimized for high speed rotational requirements of SACD and CD. The X-05 incorporates a newly developed, high precision aluminum turntable and a new drive mechanism for disc loading. The development of X-05 technologies allows VRDS to be utilized by a wider audience of audiophiles!
Disc tray opening, clamping and closing is managed by a proprietary process know as "differential gearing". This system (Patent pending), enables exceptionally smooth disc loading through the seamless engagement of the tray and disc clamp gears during the entire loading sequence. This reduces the number of parts required and adds to system longevity.
The short spindle shaft design implemented in the X-05 contributes to very stable turntable rotation, reducing vibration and random movements associated with long shaft designs. The spindle motor incorporates a frequency generation sensor enabling self detection of rotational speed. Unlike conventional designs, this provides ultra fast motor response and optimal speed control capability.
The X-05 uses Cirrus Logic's 24-bit/192 kHz processing DAC, model CS4398, in a dual mono configuration. The analog audio output circuits are engineered in a dual mono configuration helping to produce superior channel separation. This 2 channel dedicated circuit design contributes to precise imaging and a deeper sound stage for the X-05.