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Esoteric K-03XD Super Audio CD Player

Sale price£16,350.00
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What We Think,

We continue to be extremely impressed with the Esoteric K-03XD. Its open sound signature delivers a realistic recreation of performances, with extended bass that truly enhances the listening experience.

The new Esoteric K-03XD features advanced technologies from Esoteric’s flagship Grandioso K-1X model: the VRDS-ATLAS Super Audio CD transport mechanism and the Master Sound Discrete DAC. Both are designed in-house by Esoteric to deliver superior playback from digital sources.

The dynamic range and resolution achieved by these technologies offer thrilling reproduction of symphonic crescendos and an expansive spectrum of tones. They faithfully render subtle details with breathtaking depth and vivid realism, making it easy to enjoy any musical genre, from smooth arias to rock tunes. Experience the exceptional sound quality that has made Esoteric a beloved name among music enthusiasts worldwide.


VRDS (Vibration-Free Rigid Disc-Clamping System) is a cornerstone of Esoteric’s CD/Super Audio CD transport mechanisms. It firmly clamps the disc onto a turntable of the same diameter, eliminating rotational and mechanical vibrations. This system corrects disc warpage, improves optical axis accuracy, minimizes servo current, reduces read errors, and enables breathtaking sound quality.

The VRDS mechanism has evolved over 30 years, culminating in the VRDS-ATLAS platform, which offers peak performance and sound quality. The K-01XD incorporates VRDS-ATLAS mechanisms customized for each model, maintaining the full qualities of the reference mechanism used in flagship models like the Grandioso P1X and K1X.

Unleashing the Full Dynamics and Energy of Music

The K-03XD features an extensive range of digital inputs, including USB ports that support 22.5MHz DSD and asynchronous transmission, allowing it to function as a high-performance D/A converter. It offers capabilities to upconvert PCM digital signals to 2, 4, 8, and 16 times higher bitrates (up to 768kHz) and convert PCM to DSD. Additionally, the K-03XD supports MQA-CD decode playback and full MQA decoding for various digital inputs, including USB.

Master Sound Discrete DAC

First introduced in the Grandioso D1X, the Master Sound Discrete DAC represents the pinnacle of Esoteric's innovation. Its remarkably realistic sound quality has consistently received rave reviews, making listeners feel as though they are experiencing a live performance. The K-03XD features a simplified version of this DAC, incorporating the core technology of the K1X to elevate the 03 series to new heights. Each DAC element, consisting of 32 components per channel—including clock drivers, logic circuits, capacitors, resistors, and other parts—is isolated from the main circuitry. Adhering to the D1X design philosophy, these DACs are equipped with state-of-the-art components to ensure the pure, effortless output of boundless musical energy.


Playable disc types Super Audio CD, CD (including CD-R and CD-RW)
Anaog audio outputs  
XLR/ESL-A 1 pair (L/R)
Output impedance 114Ω
Maximum output level 5.0Vrms (1kHz, 10kΩ loaded)
RCA 1 pair (L/R)
Output impedance 34Ω
Maximum output level 2.5Vrms (1kHz, 10kΩ loaded)
Digital audio outputs  
Output impedance 3Vp-p (110Ω loaded)
Output signal formats Linear PCM (AES/EBU) 44.1kHz,16-bit(CD)
Output impedance 0.5Vp-p (75Ω loaded)
Output signal formats Linear PCM (IEC60958) 44.1kHz,16-bit(CD)
Digital audio inputs  
Input signal formats  
Linear PCM 32k to 192kHz, 16/24-bit (IEC60958)
DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
Input signal formats  
Linear PCM 32k to 192kHz, 16/24-bit (IEC60958)
DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
USB B 1 (USB2.0 supported)
Input signal formats  
Linear PCM 44.1k to 384kHz, 16/24/32-bit (IEC60958)
DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.5MHz
Clock input  
Input impedance 50Ω
Frequencies that can be input (±10ppm) 10MHz
Input level 0.5 to 1.0Vrms (Sine wave)
External control interface  
RS-232C 1 (Please see here for command table)
Trigger 1 (3.5mm Monaural mini jack)
Power supply  
Model for Europe AC 220 to 240V, 50/60Hz
Model for US/Canada AC 120V, 60Hz
Model for Korea AC 220V, 60Hz
Model for Hong Kong AC 230V, 50Hz
Power consumption 25W
External dimensions (W×H×D) 445 × 162 × 438mm
17-⅝" × 6-½" × 17-¼" (including protrusions)

28kg / 61-¾ lb


Esoteric K-03XD Super Audio CD Player
Esoteric K-03XD Super Audio CD Player Sale price£16,350.00