I used to own the Cary (I now own the Esoteric) and would caution that the Esoteric sound is much different from that of Cary. If you like the Cary sound you should probably look elsewhere. I previously owned the Cary 303/300 and 306SACD. I have owned the Esoteric X-03SE and now own the P-03/D-05 combo. the Cary's are nice sounding players with incredible bass. To my ears, the Esoteric is much more dynamic and detailed. I am not saying that the Esoteric bass is lacking, but that is not what first strikes you when listening to it. I am constantly amazed at the level of detail the Esoteric is able to retrieve. To me, it is these details that plays a major role in creating a sense of realism and the "being there" experience. Anyway, just my thoughts.
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