Audio and Video Upgrade: X-Series and UX-Series

Upgrade Announcement – Available immediately
Upgrade kits for models X-01, UX-1, UX-3

ESOTERIC Company, a division of TEAC AMERICA, INC. is pleased to announce the availability of upgrade kits for the above referenced models. These upgrade kits include technology updates which transform the player into a designated “Limited” Edition version. An optional video upgrades is available for the UX3SE that adds HDMI v1.3 output connections and provide HD resolutions up to 1080p, from your existing DVDs, without having to buy new software. The video upgrade uses evolutionary technology provided by Anchor Bay Technologies and Esoteric. Esoteric’s exclusive HDMI “EXP” feature also enhances video output with added black level detail.

These technology upgrades are optional and incremental to an already outstanding audio or video product and allow you to take advantage of evolutions in technology, without having to purchase a new player.

What do the audio upgrades consist of?

The upgrades includes changing several components and modifying circuits in the DAC and analog output section of the player. These components and circuit changes were selected during the development of the Flagship ESOTERIC P-01/D-01 products. After hours of listening tests, we feel the upgraded machines have superior ambiance and “presence”. These improvements also allow a more “natural impact,” greater transparency and a deeper soundstage or depth of field.

In addition to the circuit and component changes, the unbalanced audio output jacks as well as the digital audio output jacks are upgraded to WBT “NextGen” connectors. These new connectors offer much higher performance primarily in the elimination of “Eddy currents” and the resultant noise. These new connectors also allow for true 75 ohm impedance matching from the digital output.

Internal wiring is upgraded to 6N copper class wiring. This wiring was jointly developed with Mitsubishi Cable Industries and Acro Japan Ltd. (This wiring is 99.999% pure copper).

What does the kit do to the sound I’ll hear?

There are subtle but audible improvements in the “openness” of the audio. As mentioned above, presence, transparency and ambiance of the source recording becomes more defined.

What is done mechanically to the player in an audio upgrade?

Our factory trained technicians will replace components within your player. These are predominantly capacitors and resistors but also include some hardware changes like pure copper grounding screws. Some of the actual audio wiring is changed and the main wiring harness is upgraded to new 6N copper class. The back panel connectors are changed to WBT-0210Cu RCA style connectors and a gold badge indicating either “Limited” version” is affixed to the top cover.

What is the “Pi” universal player upgrade?

The “Pi upgrade,” installs new technology that allows video output through a HDMI v1.3 connection. This connection replaces the DVI output connection found on the UX-3SE. With this optional and incremental upgrade, video resolution output from standard DVDs improves beyond 720p/1080i to include 1080p “HD resolution,” while maintaining our “EXP” enhancement. Esoteric’s “EXP mode” adds black level detail. The 1080p video output board includes the Anchor Bay scan conversion chipset and our 14 bit video processing. This upgrade also allows the HDMI connection to carry audio signals to your video display or pre-amp/processor (if so equipped).

How much do these kits cost to install?

The kits typically require 8 full hours of technician time to install. For our United States and Canadian customers, these upgrades can only be installed by ESOTERIC/TEAC AMERICA, INC. in California. (ESOTERIC owners in other countries should check with their local dealers or distributors for this service).

KIT TYPE Kit Cost Labor Freight TOTAL
X-01 to X-01 LTD.  $770.40 $500.00   $75.00* $1345.40
UX-1 to UX-1 LTD. $770.40 $500.00 $75.00* $1,345.40
UX-3 SE to UX-3Pi $1424.85 $500.00 $75.00* $1999.85

* Kit costs are subject to change.
* Freight is an approximation and subject to change depending on service level and shipping distance.

What steps do I need to do to have my unit upgraded?

First thing is to call our offices at (323) 727-7617 and we’ll discuss with you, availability and scheduling for the kit installation. Because this process is so labor intensive, we must schedule the technician’s time accordingly. This ensures the fastest turnaround time and therefore minimizes the downtime for you.

If you require packaging materials, contact parts at (323) 727-4840. New packaging is available for a fee.

Once you have your appointment (and packaging), pack up your player and ship it to arrive on or about the day of your appointment.

It will ship to:

Attention: ESOTERIC Upgrade
7733 Telegraph Road
Montebello, CA . 90640
(323) 726-0303

For additional information, email or call our Technical Support line at (323) 727-7617.