Classe CDP-202 vs McIntosh MCD550 and Esoteric K-07x
I love my Classe CDP-202. It does nothing wrong and most things very right except it doesn't play sacd's. The tonal balance is about right. Would either the Esoteric or Mac (those models specifically)be a significant step up sonically without getting to a brighter / leaner balance? I would love a bit deeper, more present low end.
The Oppo 205 was very bright and hard sounding compared to either my McIntosh or Esoteric SACD Player. My Esoteric player uses the pcm1704 r to r ladder dac which I feel is one of the smoothest sounding DACs.