The Grandioso series is the supreme range of Esoteric products.
TheEsoteric Grandioso K1 takes its place at the pinnacle of this range as an all-in-one SACD player comprised of only the very best in luxurious materials expected of a flagship model. It adopts a high precision VRDS-NEO VMK-3.5-20S transport mechanism and newly designed premium D/A converters with separate left and right power sources for each of its eight differential circuits. It also includes the AKM 4497, which is the highest performance DAC in the history of AKM1. Esoteric has also developed ”ES-Link Analog”, an original high quality current transmission method for connecting with the Grandioso F1 Integrated Amplifier. Furthermore, every last corner of its electronic circuits has been refined, such as its 35-bit D/A processing algorithm, an HCLD buffer amplifier including 125,000 μf super capacitors, and a high precision clock.
To put it simply, the Grandioso K1 opens up a new horizon for digital players.
Highlights of the hand-built flagship include a 5mm-thick-steel bottom chassis supported by four patented vibration reducing feet, and the 32-bit AKM 4497 dual-mono D/A converter, described as the highest performance DAC in the history of Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM), a global leader in the manufacturer of high-performance analog and digital integrated circuits.
The DAC features separate left and right power transformers and eight power supply regulators for each channel located next to each circuit to ensure a “clean and highly stable power supply.”
Full specifications are available here.