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All major components updated from the original model to bring a new level of superiority.
The P-05X is a brand new transport that brings together all the knowledge built up by ESOTERIC during the 10 years since the original P-05 model was released, and almost all of its components have been updated from the original model. This model includes the world-renowned VRDS-NEO VMK-5 drive mechanism and its digital circuit and clock circuit adopt technology developed for the Grandioso P1 and P-02X. The luxurious power supply circuit with large toroidal transformers has been enhanced to obtain even higher audio quality. Functionality has also been upgraded with support for ES-LINK4 digital transmission. By following the same design principles as higher end models, the chassis of the P-05X has been made more rigid and the exterior has evolved to emphasize an elegant round shape.
The unique VRDS-NEO VMK-5 transport mechanism featured in this new transport incorporates high-precision turntable that greatly improves reading accuracy by mechanically correcting for disc surface run-out. It’s hybrid construction integrates precision-machined aluminum with polycarbonate to help minimize rotational inertia.
Formed of high-rigidity BMC (Bulk Molding Compound) and steel, the hybrid turntable bridge also makes a significant contribution to the suppression of rotational vibration and run-out. The transports spindle motor realizes further improvements in reading accuracy with an advanced servo control that uses rotation detection circuitry.
Mechanical operations such as opening and closing the tray and clamping the disc are performed by a unique differential gear system. This proprietary* Esoteric technology ensures exceptionally smooth disc loading operation. *Patent No.2861798 owned by TEAC Corporation.
Axial Sliding Pick-up Designed to Prevent Optical Axis Tilting
The same axial sliding pick-up assembly, used in the flagship model Grandioso P1, is incorporated in the heart of the data acquisition section. As the lens moves, the laser optical axis is always positioned in a vertical direction, ensuring a highly accurate reading of the recorded material.
The exterior case is formed from thick aluminum panels, and its steel bottom plate is supported at three points on ESOTERIC’s exclusive pinpoint feet. Vibration transmission has also been effectively minimized by the high-precision laser slot processing used in manufacture of its rigid base.
The ES-LINK4 is ESOTERIC’s proprietary, super high speed, wide range, and extremely pure LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) digital interface. With this interface, most digital processing is done at the transport side and the three elements of the audio signal (audio data, LR clock, and bit clock signals) are separately transferred to the DAC in a differential mode, by utilizing the multi-conductor structure of the HDMI cable.
Since the signal is already pre-processed at the transport side and is transferred without bi-phase modulation, a digital de-coding/oversampling process is not required on the signal receiver side. The DAC is simply dedicated to D to A processing and retrieves a purer analog signal from transferred digital streams.
A Selection of Digital Outputs
The P-05X has a pair of new ES-LINK4 HDMI ports, dual XLR connectors that maintain compatibility with earlier versions of ES-LINK, and a coaxial digital output.
Organic EL Displays
Both units feature smooth-operating, low-consumption electroluminescent (EL) displays that are eminently suited to such state-of-the-art components.
High-Quality Remote Control with a Luxurious Feel
The P-05X’s RC-1301 Remote Controller is constructed from a solid aluminum top panel. The brushed finish on its control panel matches that of the unit’s front panel and offers a luxurious feel of the highest quality.