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I have an Esoteric UX-3 in one system and a McIntosh MCD301 in another system. I much prefer the Esoteric as it seems truer to the music, but the McIntosh is very smooth sounding and even poor recorded cd's sound listenable. It's a toss up and either player you mentioned will be a big step up from the Oppo.
Thanks for posting that . Im using two Mcintosh MC 252 amps through a Krell KCT pre Amp with B&W 800D speakers and I was thinking the same thing . I like Mcintosh for their amps but not so much for their digital products . I bought the Mcintosh MCD 700 player when it first came out in the eighties then purchased a Mcintosh MVP 851 later on and my oppo 95 sounds better than the MAC .
Ive also had tons of problems with my Mcintosh players . They have not been trouble free for me over the years .
Im still deciding between the two players Mcintosh MCD 550 or the ESOTERIC 7X
Zora ,the Esoteric 7x is one of Esoterics entry level player and is a light weight example of Esoterics line, if your budget is for a new 07x you could look into a used Esoteric O3 which is head and shoulders above the sound quality performance of esoterics entry level players or look into another high quality brand Do your home work .
I beg to differ with you. The MCD301 replaced an Esoteric DV50 and it blows it away. It isn’t nearly as good as my Esoteric UX-3 but the UX-3 was 8500.00 The MCD301 was the second model up in the line with the 201 being the entry level. To be honest with you, I do not like ESS dacs, they are certainly not the end all. I had one in my Wyred4Sound dac2 dsd se with Femto clock. It is a forward sounding dac just like the Wyred dac 1 I used before it. That was the main reason I went with the MCD301 because of not having the ESS chips.
If this thread is still continuing, I would like to say that I too have an Oppo BDP 95 and am considering the Esoteric K-07x or even the 05x. What I would like to ask is, can I plug my external hard drive into the Esoteric like I can with the Oppo? I really don't know a lot about the digital wiring in today's high-end world.
A shout out to Stereo5 for his endorsements of the Triton Reference on other threads. I too have a pair, and they are absolutely incredible.
I have a McIntosh preamp and power amp, love their equipment, but feel that "digital" is not their strong point.
I have had a PS Audio DirectStream DAC since it was first on the market, and have paired it with their DirectStream memory player, interconnected with an HDMI cable (their I2S interface)...and a P10 PowerPlant (AC power re-generator). It is the best sounding digital I've ever auditioned!