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Old 08-08-2007   #13
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The best I've heard is the dcs Purcells.

The system was the LAMM Ref Pre Amp
LAMM 90 watt mono blocks
WIlson Puppy 7's
Siltech cables

Pretty impressive.
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About 6 weeks ago I was able to hear the Esoteric P01/D01/G-0Rb transport/DAC/master clock setup when their US factory rep was doing a seminar at a local shop and I have to say it was the most stunning source I have ever heard. Even when the units had not been fully broken in (about 100 hours of use) or warmed up (only cleared customs 12 hours before).
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Love the Esoteric gear, I still keep a DV-50s as my reference SACD player. I have heard some of the top of the line gear, but it was with their speakers which I didn't like, I would love to hear it in my system.
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Love the Esoteric gear, I still keep a DV-50s as my reference SACD player. I have heard some of the top of the line gear, but it was with their speakers which I didn't like, I would love to hear it in my system.
kennyt, did you hear the DV - 50 at HE2007? Very clean and open sound. However, the speakers they were using were, okay. I can`t remember what they were. it was a tight and small room.
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I see some of the others here like the DCS units, the store I saw the Esoteric units at carried both and I do think the Esoteric sounded better. As for the rest of the setup on display, the Esoteric D01's were fed straight into a pair of Sierria Audio amps and a pair of Montana XPS signature series speakers. I myself am saving for the DV50s or 60 sitting on the shelf and wispering my name every time I walk past.
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I auditioned several CD players a few years ago and I settled on the TEAC Esoteric DV-50. Not only does it play all the Hi-Res formats, it does them with aplomb. I feel it's still the best.
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