I'll chime in even though I cannot answer the question you have asked. My search for a new cd player ended with an Esoteric X-03Se a few months ago. I would have considered the ARC since I have an SP16 and 150.2 but my setup would not allow a top loading player. As a result, I never auditioned the ARC CD7. I am sure it is a great player as many have stated here. Having said that, I am very well pleased with my Esoteric. It took a while to break in but the sound quality is simply phenomenal. Everything is there and presented in a very musical manner. The VRDS-NEO transport is, IMHO, the best in the industry and the player is built like a tank. If you decide to go in that direction email me off line and I can hook you up with the dealer I worked with who will save you some money as well.
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