I have had the opportunity to audition both the Esoteric DV-50 and Theta Compli players in my system recently.
- 1st rate build quality (including the remote); inspires confidence;
- very detailed sound, yet airy and open; found it particularly impressive with DVD-A, perhaps less so with SACD, but I am not yet very familiar with these high-rez new formats;
- whilst redbook CD played on the DV-50 is really quite good and definitely not clinical/un-musical, it lacked a bit of emotion/palpability for my taste;
- solid if perhaps a tad "washed out" picture/video quality; I guess it can be improved by tweaking settings
- ok build but not really 1st class (VERY cheesy remote); feels more like an "artisanal" production
- amazingly good redbook CD sound: vivid, delicate, very involving and emotional. Wow! Trumps the DV-50 in my humble opinion.
- SACD and DVD-A: quite good, if again not that dramatic in their qualitative difference (is this a general observation or just me being deaf?)
- DVD-V: very solid performer (the Pioneer heritage?), without the expensive SDI & ultra sync options; don't know if they worth their salt.
Overall I am highly impressed with the Compli so far and found it to be a top contender in the jack of all trades category (curious about the McCormack UDP1).
Would love to hear it with the Gen VIII DAC, as it performs so well on its own that it seems like an promising challenge: how can the sound be $10,000 better (I know this gets exponential)?
Happy to answer any questions, feedback ... Thanks!