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Esoteric P-03/D-03/G-0Rb it is a 3 peice set of a scad player a dac and a master clock generator. and aparently each peice is at least 13K

the scad player


the dac


clock generator


here is a review summery for the scad and dac.

Quote:
Review Summary
Sound

"The P-03 and D-03 express everything that defines the music they play, no matter how large or small." "The soundstage…was as big as the room and speakers could support, and as detailed as the recording could convey." "Images were well delineated yet naturally rendered -- not the products of etch or crispy edge definition." "I heard a newfound sense of realism, spatial and otherwise, from the P-03 and D-03."

Features
CD/SACD transport and DAC "whose many design and user features can fill several pages of marketing literature." "Before the data get to the D-03, the P-03 can output them as either DSD or PCM, and if PCM, at various sampling frequencies." Esoteric's proprietary ES-LINK "splits the digital stream into left and right channels, which allows for the output of PCM data upsampled as high as 176.4kHz" and SACD data. The D-03 uses "four Analog Devices AD1955 24-bit/192kHz DACs per channel"; the P-03 features "an Esoteric-designed and -manufactured VRDS NEO drive."

Use

"Be sure to give the P-03 and D-03 lots of playing time before evaluating them seriously"; before proper break-in, they sound "unfocused, polite and one-dimensional -- boring, in short." The P-03 and D-03's "flexibility can be interesting to have, but it can also be a nuisance. All those buttons practically beg you to push them!" "'Set it and forget it,' as Ron Popeil counsels."
Value The P-03/D-03's advanced technical design and exceptional sound quality come "at a very steep price," but that's "no revelation."


total price as stated by head-fi member "Champ04" $44,000


http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/esoteric_p03_d03.htm

and the last peice is here.

http://imaginehifi.com/product_info....12b964365e8f19

... i wonder if its worth it? wish i could hear it someday.
Edited by NFF - 12/13/08 at 5:56pm
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Good thing that I can't notice the difference. I'd hate having to live with sub par sources because I can't afford good ones. I'm fascinated with audio equipment but I haven't developed that ear that can notice these things yet. I can tell the difference between speakers, but never spent the time on distinguishing between sources and amps.
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im sure it will come to ya i cant boast that i can hear that much of a difference ether but i can tell the difference between my ipod and my onboard. (i pods better)

but anyways that's the most money i have ever seen spent on a source duno if its the best but its the most expensive.
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Originally Posted by Mikecdm View Post
Good thing that I can't notice the difference. I'd hate having to live with sub par sources because I can't afford good ones. I'm fascinated with audio equipment but I haven't developed that ear that can notice these things yet. I can tell the difference between speakers, but never spent the time on distinguishing between sources and amps.
Just remember the law of diminishing returns...

Distinguishing between sources is fairly straight forward. Certain DACs tend to push different frequencies to the front. Amplifiers can be really tough when you are talking about anything decent, but you can tell a cheapie for sure, because they can't always properly power the drivers (especially higher impedance ones)

Heh, those articles can be funny. From what I can see, it's solid state, yet they are recommending "lots and lots" of warm-up/break-in? hahaha
Edited by Seelen - 12/13/08 at 8:54pm
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