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I heard it in an all Linn system and I prefered the 1.1. The dealer swapped the Akurate with the unidisk 1.1 he had on hand - in and out of the same setup - and the 1.1 was just more musical and more toe tappin compared to the Akurate IMO . Both had outstanding detail and soundstage. I have heard the X-03SE in another system a while ago and the build quality of the Esoteric is way beyond the Linn. Soundwise I would say its a toss up, I think associated equipment could lean you one way or the other. I have not heard the Lindemann or Krell so can't comment on those.
Almost 10 years since someone posted in this thread, but someone might find my thoughts and experience worth to read about.
Since many years these components have been used in my systems.
Linn Akurate CD